Speaker Detail

Jo Ann Hardesty
Citizen Representative

Jo Ann Hardesty grew up in Baltimore. She joined the Navy after high school and, as one of the first women to go on board ships, she traveled across the world. After the Navy, she decided to settle down and create a permanent home in Oregon because it had things she was looking for - the ability to be close to the water and mountains, and where she felt like she could really make a difference. Jo Ann serves now serves as Portland City Commissioner with the belief that we need to take into account voices from every walk of life. We need to find commonality - that there’s an opportunity to not be divided by where one lives in the city, by economics, gender, race, sexual orientation or any other way that we can find division, but to be one Portland. That time is now.