Mike Abbaté is a landscape architect with 30 years of experience in the planning and design of outstanding public parks and recreational facilities, including Portland's Tanner Springs Park and Hood River's Waterfront Park. He has been the Director of Portland Parks & Recreation since 2011, where he leads a Bureau with over 3000 permanent and seasonal employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million. Prior to being named Director, he served as the bureau's Asset Manager for six months, overseeing Planning, Design, Construction, and Central Services. Previously, as Urban Design & Planning Director with the City of Gresham, he developed a Design Excellence initiative, established a new citizen-led Design Commission and enacted new design standards.
Mike has a career that spans both the public and private sectors. In 1997, Mike co-founded GreenWorks, an award-winning landscape architecture and environmental design consulting firm, recognized for its sustainable design philosophy. Prior to joining GreenWorks, he spent seven years with the USDA Forest Service, working on the design of major recreation and interpretive facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Multnomah Falls, Mt St Helens, Columbia River Gorge, and Mt Hood.
Mike graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1985 with a degree in Landscape Architecture, magna cum laude. In 2007, he was recognized by the University as the Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Environmental Design. He also has a certificate in Business Administration from Portland State University. In addition to being a registered Landscape Architect in Oregon, he is certified nationally through the Council of Landscape Architects Registration Board, and is a LEED™ Accredited Professional. He is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and served for six years on an Advisory Board for the University of Oregon. Mike was inducted into ASLA’s Council of Fellows in 2013.
Mike is the author of Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your Life and Our World, published by Random House.