Portland Fruit Tree Project Announces New Executive Director, Lynn Fitch


Lynn Fitch, Executive Director

Portland, Oregon, April 3, 2017 – The Board of Directors is pleased to that announce that Lynn Fitch has been named the new Portland Fruit Tree Project Executive Director. Fitch succeeds Andy Fisher who has served as the Interim ED for the past year, when founding director, Katy Kolker, took an extended leave. 

lynn fitch headshotLynn brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role, having over 35 years of non-profit management, fundraising, marketing and communications experience. She has worked with many types of organizations all along the West Coast, from California to Alaska, and is a strategic, visionary thinker who also knows how to get the job done. Most recently Lynn served as Development Director with Growing Gardens and prior to that role Fitch provided essential leadership at KBOO Community Radio as the Station Manager / Executive Director.

The work and mission of the Portland Fruit Tree Project reflect her personal commitment to building community and ensuring access to fresh, healthy food. As an avid gardener, with her own small orchard, Fitch has shared the bounty from her North Portland garden for years. The Board looks forward to a new chapter for the Portland Fruit Tree Project, as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the organization, with Lynn Fitch at the helm.

“I am thrilled to be part of this dynamic, volunteer-driven organization — which is dedicated to strengthening our unique and diverse community — by sharing in the care and harvesting of urban fruit trees located throughout our Portland metropolitan area” said Lynn, “Consider joining us at our Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, April 27th, to learn more about our 10th Anniversary new initiatives and how to become involved in this fun and rewarding work.” For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.portlandfruit.org/events.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food. For more information, please visit our website at www.portlandfruit.org