The People

The Historic Portland Public Market Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under which the James Beard Public Market will operate. It grew out of a task force that started meeting in 2000, made up of a diverse group of Oregonians committed to creating a public market to showcase the state’s bounty and honor Oregon native James Beard. The foundation has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to bring its vision to life.

Board of Trustees

Richard Harris, President

Wendy Lane Stevens, Vice President

Janie Hibler, Secretary

Andrew Franklin, Treasurer

Pippa Arend

Kanth Gopalpur

Amelia Hard

Paula Hayes

Greg Higgins

John Hull

Heather Killough

Martin McClanan

Gary Roth

Nancy Ponzi


Fred joined James Beard Public Market in September 2015 with a proven track record of successfully leading businesses, nonprofits and task forces across both public and private sectors. Fred is the former President & CEO of the Portland State University Foundation, former Special Counsel for Business to the Oregon Attorney General, and Co-Founder and Chair of Co-Operations, Inc. As an attorney for over two decades, his practice focused on corporate transactions, finance and reorganizations.

A graduate from the University of Virginia with a B.A. with honors in Economics, Fred was awarded his J.D. by the Wake Forest University School of Law. Fred served as a Field Artillery Officer for the U.S. Army from 1974 – 1978. Granum is also an experienced civic and nonprofit leader, who has provided his expertise and support for more than eight Oregon-based community organizations, including the Cascade Pacific Council, B.S.A; Oregon Ballet Theatre; Youth Villages Oregon and its predecessor, ChristieCare.

Lori Warner-McGee, Development DirectorLori has been organizing support to make the James Beard Public Market a reality since 2012. She brings people and organizations together with the shared conviction that a year-round public market will be transformative for Portland and Oregon. Lori’s introduction to the world of fresh, local, organic, seasonal foods started with her first job as a business manager/trainer from 1995-1997 at Elephant’s Delicatessen, a company committed to making food from scratch that was a pioneer of the “open kitchen” concept. Her business degree from Ball State University in Indiana and paralegal certification then took her to various management positions at Dex Media from 1997-2005.

Lori’s non-profit development career includes Adopt-A-Minefield, a United Nations program to clear landmines, assist survivors, and educate impacted communities. She led the development team at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital from 2006-2011. Lori also worked as development director for Friends of Zenger Farm in 2011 and 2012, helping that organization launch a successful $2.1 million capital campaign to build a commercial kitchen microenterprise development center. Lori currently services as vice president/president-elect of the board of Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable, an association of ~200 development professionals.

John joined James Beard Public Market in February 2016 and serves as the Director of Community Initiatives.

John brings 27-plus years experience, structuring effective public-private partnerships to develop and finance sustainable community economic development projects, recently including a seafood processing business on the Southern Oregon Coast, in Brookings, and a pear processing business, near Hood River, Oregon.

John has operated an independent economic and real estate development and financial consulting practice since June 2011. He previously served as a senior development manager at the Portland Development Commission (1997-2011) where he led the acquisition, disposition, and development of agency controlled real property and the structuring of agency financing for residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects.  Prior to moving to Portland, John served as the program manager for multifamily lending at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment agency (1989-1997).

John is as a board member for the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and he chairs the Association’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. He also is the team leader for the Neighborhood Emergency Team in the Pearl District.

John earned a Master of Social Work with a concentration in community organizing, planning and administration from California State University Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College.

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