Nick Hardigg, (formerly Executive Director)
(Note: as of March 22nd, Nick Hardigg has left the Foundation to join the Audubon Society of Portland. An interim executive director is being arranged while a national search for a successor is underway.) Nick's first experience at park philanthropy was far from conventional, and probably shouldn't be repeated. "I grew up in a small New Hampshire town, and there weren't many parks or recreation programs. The local kids would swim in a river downtown, and my friends and I dreamed of having a rope swing. We found a suitable tree, I donated a fine old rope, and my gutsy friend gave in-kind labor and climbed the tree. New Boston's most popular swimming hole was born."
Nick's professional experience promoting parks and protecting natural lands goes back fifteen years using fundraising, advocacy, and public-private partnerships. Before joining Portland Parks Foundation, Nick led Alaska's largest fundraising foundation for the environment, Alaska Conservation Foundation, where he successfully restructured programs and tripled funds raised to over $4 million annually. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon as director of finance and operations, and was in charge of public-private partnerships for the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon and Denali National Park, where he initiated nationally-recognized fundraising programs and contracting reforms.
Nick has an MBA from Yale University, and a BA in environmental science from Wesleyan University. He serves on boards of the Association of Partners for Public Lands, Alaska Geographic (the nonprofit partner for Alaska's parks), and the MBA Nonprofit Connection. Past board experience includes Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (co-founder), the Foraker Group (Alaska's nonprofit association), and the Grand Canyon Community Center. In his free time, Nick can often be found in parks with his son, envisioning programs to make parks even better.
Nick Warren, Development & Operations Manager
Nick Warren (that's right, another Nick) works with the development systems and office administration areas of the Foundation. He joined the Portland Parks Foundation in 2014.
Before working with us, Nick earned a BS in Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Economics from the University of Oregon. While attending college, he dedicated himself to environmental protection – facilitating trainings, attending workshops, and volunteering around campus and in the Eugene community. Nick worked on a number of environmental campaigns, including ending the purchase of single-use plastic water bottles and pushing for environmentally-sustainable investment practices. His activities led him to believe that everybody should have access to green spaces. After Nick finished school, he worked in Eugene non-profits before making his way north to Portland.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Nick loves backpacking in old growth forests and camping along the meditative Oregon coast. His love of the outdoors influences his city life, and you’ll see Nick biking between Portland parks on every day of the year.