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Spirit of Portland Awards Press Release




September 11th, 2019



Marco Mejia

Phone: 503 823-8548

Perla Sitcov

Phone: 503 865-6124


35th Anniversary

The City of Portland Announces the 2019 Spirit of Portland Awards Recipients

PORTLAND, OR–The Mayor and City of Portland Commissioners invite you to join them in honoring the 35th Annual Spirit of Portland Award recipients.  This year’s award theme is “35 years on the road to 2035 growth, for a more prosperous, equitable, healthier, and resilient city.”

This year is the 35th Anniversary of the Spirit of Portland Awards, and so we have chosen the theme to be associated with the 2035 Comprehensive Plan for the City of Portland. The plan’s five principles guide the categories for nominations this year.

Outstanding Individual and Organization Leadership Awards, Nominated and Chosen by Portlanders:

  • Economic Prosperity: ONABEM Oregon Native American Business Enterprise Network
  • Human Health: Urban League Health Department
  • Environmental Health, Sandy Diedrich Stewardship: Columbia Land Trust
  • Equity: Angela Harris
  • Resilience: Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) 

Outstanding Individual and Organization Leadership Awards, Awarded by City Councilors:

  • Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: Sunrise Movement
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: S. Renee Mitchell
  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz: Wm. Steven Humphrey, Portland Mercury Editor-in-Chief; and Oregon Public Broadcasting Senior Management Team
  • Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty: Kaia Sand from Street Roots
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler: Keanon Lowe, Parkrose High School football and track coach

"Since its inception in 1985, the Spirit of Portland Awards has recognized activists, community advocates, and a wide range of committed individuals who serve to advance the Portland community.  Awardees embody our city’s culture, goals, and an overarching dedication to enriching the lives of their fellow Portlanders."                                      —Chloe Eudaly, Commissioner


Spirit of Portland Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Community & Civic Life, community leaders, and previous Spirit of Portland winners.


About the Office of Community & Civic Life

Civic Life connects the people of Portland with their City government to promote the common good. Its programs create a culture of collaboration, expanding possibilities for all Portlanders to contribute their knowledge, experience, and creativity to solve local problems and make life better in the city we all share.