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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Our Staff

Meet the Stewardship Coordinators!

PP&R City Nature Stewardship coordinators are eager to help you connect with your local natural areas. Contact us today to find out how you can get involved.

Susan Hawes

Photo of Susan HawesSusan works in parks on the east side of the Willamette River - many of which have been newly acquired by the City of Portland. Susan has a bachelor's degree in Cultural Ecology from Linfield College, performed botany surveys in the Pacific Northwest for more than ten field seasons, and managed volunteers for environmental conservation-oriented non-profits and government entities for over eight years. Susan also volunteered for AmeriCorps for two years in the Portland-Vancouver area and became familiar with many of Portland's natural areas during that time. She likes to garden, fiddle, hike, backpack, give massages (she's a state-licensed massage therapist), and play with her amazingly acrobatic cat Scout.

You can reach Susan at 503-823-6131 or

Mary Verrilli

Photo of Mary VerriliiMary works in parks on the west side of the Willamette River. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Keene State College and has been engaging youth in environmental education and restoration projects in Oregon with non-profits since 2007. She has been working closely with the PP&R No Ivy League program since 2008 and currently manages this program. Mary enjoys connecting and educating youth and volunteers of all ages to Portland's natural areas while seeing ecological transformations occur in our parks. In her free time, Mary enjoys gardening, backpacking, canoeing, cooking, and listening to live music.

You can reach Mary at 503-823-9423 or



Emily Lytle

Emily is an AmeriCorps member serving with Portland Parks & Recreation's City Nature Department as the Stewardship Equity Coordinator. She has a bachelor's degree in Global Studies and Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. Originally from the Bay Area of California, this is Emily's second year in AmeriCorps last year serving on the East Coast in a food access program. Emily enjoys working directly with communities and creating opportunities for people of all ages to connect to the environment. For fun, Emily is an avid gardener, hiker, yogi and loves to cook.

You can reach Emily at