Zoo Foundation welcomes four new board members

July 15, 2013 - 3:51pm

New members share impressive credentials and a commitment to wildlife

Four new members with impressive résumés and a passion for wildlife have joined the Oregon Zoo Foundation's board of directors, officials announced.

Public affairs specialist Deborah Herron, groundbreaking politician Jessica Vega Pederson, development expert Sigrid Button, and banking professional Peter Norman all were elected to the OZF board in June, and are ready to jump into the foundation's many projects in support of the Oregon Zoo.

"Their experience, passion for our mission and strong connection with the work of the zoo will be key during our current Campaign for Elephants and beyond."

—Mark Loomis, OZF board chair

Deborah Herron represents Wal-Mart as the director of public affairs for Oregon and several other western states. She has been instrumental in Wal-Mart's strong support of the zoo, including sponsorship of the popular Second Tuesday admission-discount program. Before joining Wal-Mart, Herron was a principal at Vox Public Relations.

Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-East Portland) is the first Latina to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives. Prior to election, she worked in the technology sector, most recently with Microsoft. She is very active in Oregon politics and looks forward to promoting the mission of the zoo to wider circles.

Sigrid Button is associate director of the Oregon Health and Science University's Casey Eye Institute. She has previously held high-level development roles at the OHSU Foundation and currently serves on the board of directors for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the OHSU branding committee and the OHSU steering committee on global health.

Peter Norman, a wealth management advisor for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, has more than 30 years of experience in commercial banking, retail bank management and wealth management at U.S. Bank. He has served as president of the board for the Youth Progress Association and treasurer of the Central Eastside Industrial Council. He has been a member of Rotary since 1992, and has delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 15 years.

The Oregon Zoo Foundation's mission is to foster community pride and involvement in the Oregon Zoo as well as secure financial support for the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare programs. OZF has more than 49,000 household members throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

OZF's Campaign for Elephants has already raised more than two-thirds of its $3 million goal to fund enhancements to the zoo's new Elephant Lands habitat. To learn more or to make a gift, call 503-220-5707 or visit the campaign page.