PP&R celebrates our teammates - meet Malcolm Hoover

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This is a profile of PP&R Community Engagement Team staffer Malcolm Hoover. It's part of a series that highlights our staff as part of PP&R's commemoration of Black History Month (February).

Meet Malcolm Hoover, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Community Engagement Team.  

PP&R's Malcolm Hoover smiles at the camera in this photo taken on the beach at sunset. Malcolm has a gray wool hat and gray sweatshirt. He looks quite content.
Portland Parks & Recreation Community Engagement Coordinator Malcolm Hoover on the beach on a beautiful day.

Malcolm was raised between Philadelphia and the Bay Area and moved to Portland in late 2015. He and his wife Mirabai have started Black Futures Farm, a community farm located in the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood. Malcolm is a proud father and grandfather. 

“I really love working with people to figure things out,” Hoover said. “My passions are living a good life, growing things, being of service, writing, and voraciously reading speculative fiction!” 

Malcolm brings with him years of experience in community service and outreach. He has worked as a teacher, naval weatherman, writer, field researcher, and administrator.  

In his PP&R role, Malcolm works with neighbors and stakeholders to solicit input on major park projects. “During my time at PP&R, I’ve learned so much about the deep commitment that goes into creating and maintaining these valuable public spaces that the City is honored to care for.” 

Malcolm serves as a liaison between communities and project teams, by facilitating community input into facility design processes. His role is key to ensuring that communities' voices and views are integrated into the design process of PP&R projects through community engagement work. 

This series highlights our staff as part of the PP&R commemoration of Black History Month (February). You can read the full series at portland.gov/parks/news

Learn more about our Equity and Inclusion Team’s work at portland.gov/parks/equity


Want to join people like Malcolm in the important work that we do at PP&R? 

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for more part-time and full-time staff, in many programs! If you or someone you know could be a great fit in our inclusive, welcoming environment with fantastic colleagues, flexible hours, and great pay, please visit Portland.gov/parks/employment