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Tom Simpson joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board


Tom Simpson

The Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Tom Simpson, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs at The Standard, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

Mr. Simpson represents The Standard before federal, state and legislative bodies and other public policy decision makers.

In addition to the Foundation Board, Mr. Simpson is a member of the Boards of the American     Leadership Forum and Portland Youth Builders.

Mr. Simpson is a 1984 graduate of the University of Oregon, and a 1990 graduate of Lewis and Clark College, where he received an MPA in Public Administration.

A resident of Lake Oswego, he comes from a family that was very involved in the founding of Tryon Creek State Park.  He and his family are avid campers and hikers, who can be found most weekends exploring new parts of Oregon.

“My family’s involvement with the Boy Scouts got us out into Oregon’s great outdoors.  Many of those trips brought us into the Oregon State Parks System.  I am excited to join the Foundation so that I can help connect more Oregonians with our world class park system.”

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  The Foundation was formed 21 years ago to enhance the experience of using Oregon’s 255 state parks, which are not funded by Oregon income or property taxes.  (They are funded by the Oregon Lottery, User Fees and small portions of RV and ATV user fees)

Since 1995, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million for state park programs and preservation efforts, including the restoration of Vista House at Crown Point, the renovation of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, restoration of seven historic Oregon Coast lighthouses and numerous other projects. The Oregon State Parks Foundation provides funding to support healthy activities such as hiking, cycling and camping; outdoor education; increasing access to the parks by under-served communities; and the restoration of iconic facilities.