PP&R celebrates our teammates - meet Director Adena Long

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This is a profile of PP&R Director Adena Long. It's part of a series that highlights our staff as part of PP&R's commemoration of Black History Month (February).

Meet Adena Long, Director of Portland Parks & Recreation, who is celebrating her three-year “workiversary” this week!  

PP&R Director Adena Long with her dog, Selina, on a snowy day in Forest Park.
PP&R Director Adena Long and her dog, Selina, on a snowy hike in Forest Park.

Adena has spent much of her professional career designing and creating parks and recreational facilities; preserving and restoring natural areas and urban forests; providing low-barrier access to opportunities and experiences for all; and building and nurturing partnerships by connecting people with parks. 

Adena believes that parks are the great equalizer and that all communities need great parks! 

Director Long was born and raised in New York City. She is an active outdoor enthusiast and can often be found exploring the spectacular mountains and waterways of the Pacific Northwest, by boot or by her board.  

For fun, she also enjoys doing yard work, watching true crime TV, listening to 90’s hip-hop, and playing darts. 

Adena lives in Portland with her husband and their two-year-old German Shepherd and hiking partner, Selina.