Jesse was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up hiking, camping, skiing, canoeing, and playing soccer and tennis. After living in Yemen, Connecticut, Spain, and Washington, Jesse came back to start a family and career in Portland in 1998. He works as the Managing Principal at Winterbrook Planning – a land use planning consulting firm assisting cities, counties, non-profits and private developers succeed in development and growth management projects across the state. He has been happily married for over 20 years to his wife Amy and has a wonderful daughter whose favorite playground was Harper’s Playground from the moment she first saw it. In his free time, Jesse enjoys travel, tennis, walking his dog, and learning to play golf.

We have a moral obligation to demand and design inclusive public space. Harper’s Playground is a brilliant demonstration of a successful playground and a model that every community can learn and benefit from.