Simon grew up in Manchester, England, eventually moving to Portland from Germany via Adidas in the late 1990s. Currently the Senior Vice President | General Manager of adidas Basketball, Simon met his wife Melissa here in Portland and has two daughters, Ella and Everly. He enjoys balancing his love for staying active and healthy with his love for Portland brewpubs.

The joy of seeing my two girls playing freely in playgrounds across Portland makes me feel strongly in the power of play for all children. Witnessing the opening of Harper's Playground and seeing its use demonstrates the vast opportunity playgrounds can play in bringing neighbors, friends and the community together.

Simon Atkins, Chair
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