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Appoint Suenn Ho to the Portland Parks & Recreation Board for a term to expire June 30, 2024


As Mayor and Commissioner of Finance & Administration, I request Council confirmation of the following appointment to the Portland Parks & Recreation Board:

AppointmentTerm End DateReplacing
Suenn Ho06-30-2024 (Partial Term)Nova Newcomer

Respectfully submitted,

Ted Wheeler



Suenn Ho is an urban designer who has taught architecture and design extensively in Oregon and has served on a diverse number of local non-profit boards and committees. She has lived and worked in Boston, Pittsburg, New York City, France, and Hong Kong, and has been enjoying the Portland parks system since 1993. Her built works are mostly publicly funded projects that focus on seldom-recognized cultural history and stories. In 2006, she was commissioned to design Astoria’s Bi-centennial Legacy Project, the Garden of Surging Waves in Heritage Square, fronting City Hall in the center of the historic downtown, and received four design awards as a result. Suenn is interested in serving Portland Parks & Recreation because she believes that public parks can bring much needed outdoor joy and relevancy to everyone.

Statement of Interest:

I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to serve on the Portland Parks Board.  I believe that all people can elevate their sense of belonging when public assets are relatable and relevant to the users.  I hope through this new civic-duty role, I can help amplify the voices of the under-represented and marginalized community members and help PPR realize truly accessible and welcoming parks that instill a sense of pride from those who are underserved. 

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

Appoint one community member to the Portland Parks & Recreation Board. Suenn Ho will replace Nova Newcomer who resigned in December 2022 and complete their term that ends June 30, 2024. 

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

Not applicable. 

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

This appointment is made from a selection process that is committed to recruiting and retaining board members that reflect the diversity of Portland.

100% Renewable Goal

Not applicable. 

Budget Office Financial Impact Analysis

No fiscal impact.

Agenda Items

210 Time Certain in March 15, 2023 Council Agenda


Motion to accept the report: Moved by Ryan and seconded by Gonzalez.
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea


Michelle Tran

Executive Assistant to the Director

Requested Agenda Type

Time Certain

Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date
Requested Start Time
10:05 am
Time Requested
10 minutes
Confirmed Time Certain