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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Director's Biography



Kia Selley, Interim Director

Kia Selley is a licensed landscape architect with more than 20 years of experience overseeing real estate negotiation and development, community planning and consensus building, urban design, capital project planning and construction, as well as park and open space planning and asset management. She became Interim Director of Portland Parks & Recreation in May 2018, where she leads over 3000 permanent and seasonal employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million.

Kia earned her degree in landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis, and has worked in the private sector, Portland Development Commission (now Prosper Portland), and at the City of Gresham as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Commission and Planning Director. She was the Assets and Development Division Manager in Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) from 2012-2016 when she led the asset management and maintenance, capital planning, and capital construction programs (including the $68 million Parks Replacement Bond program) as well as oversaw all parks, trail, and natural area planning. In this role, Kia led the development of the Bureau’s first formalized asset management program; oversaw integration of asset management with a collaborative capital projects planning process; initiated the Bureau’s first work plan to provide transparency and certainty for all projects undertaken by her team; and negotiated the Bureau’s first Community Benefit Plans for construction of Luuwit View and Gateway Discovery Park to accrue more construction benefits to minority contractors and the local community.

Kia has served the parks community in a variety of ways, including past board and committee affiliations like the Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden (ex officio) and the Japanese Garden Oversight Committee for the Cultural Crossing Project. Kia lives in southwest Portland with her husband and son.