Zoo Foundation welcomes four new board members

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.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org