Board of Directors
Our board is made up of local influencers who help us to shape our mission, reach our goals, and guide our organization to reach it's full potential. Thank you to all of our board members for your dedication to and support of Passport Oregon!
Joe Galati may have a deep love of Notre Dame football, but the native Oregonian’s true love is his family. Married to wife Mari, a fellow educator, for 20 years, he is the proud dad of three children and the owner of Bear the dog. Joe has spent most of his life engaged in teaching students and leading schools. He has taught middle school and high school English, coached soccer and wrestling at the varsity level, and served in the administration at elementary and middle schools. Known at his current school for singing Good Morning in the halls and handing out scratch and sniff stickers as he does his work of supporting teachers and students, Joe’s tender heart and great sense of humor are just part of what makes him such a wonderful guy to collaborate with. When not hard at work at his school or hanging out with his family you can find him listening to classic rock or indulging his obsession with all things Buzz Lightyear. Joe is delighted to continue to serve students through the work of Passport Oregon. From his own experience of outdoor education and that of his students and children he knows how vital it is for kids to experience nature.
Grant moved to Portland from Minnesota a little over 8 years ago, drawn by the beauty of the outdoors. He believes that exposure to nature is critical to happiness and learning and wants to enable others to get out and adventure. He currently works as an operations manager at Airbnb, where he strives to bring about a world where people can belong anywhere through travel, connection, and community.
Matthew F. Craigie
Matthew F. Craigie – Matt grew up 3,000 miles away from Oregon in the rural forested hills of central Maine. Always an outdoor enthusiast, Matt has sought good hiking trails and outdoor experiences everywhere from the pine covered and granite topped mountains of Western Maine to the dramatic peaks of Oregon’s Cascade Range, the humid and muddy jungles of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, to the sea-beaten fells of the Orkney Islands. These days Matt and his family live in Portland and enjoy every opportunity to get out into the beautiful diversity of Oregon’s natural geography.
Kymber is currently finishing up her last semester of law school at Willamette University and commutes to work as a legal assistant in Portland. She is looking forward to moving to Portland following graduation. She was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. Kymber was fortunate to have parents who believed in the importance of travel. As a child, she had the opportunity to take road trips as well as camped and hiked throughout the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in a rural community taught her that not all Oregonians have the same privilege. Passport Oregon provides her the perfect outlet to help others see as much of Oregon as they can!