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Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors


The Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors is the governing body of Portland’s Official Festival, the Best Festival in the World. This is a year-round commitment that peaks each spring as all of the parades, events and programs of the Portland Rose Festival are produced under the leadership of these volunteers. The Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors is made up of up to 75 local leaders who implement the Foundation’s mission, work on committees for Rose Festival events, and fulfill assigned roles at these events. Many of these hard-working volunteers even use their own vacation time to work on their assigned events. The Rose Festival truly could not happen without their dedication and commitment.

Mission Statement

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.

2018-2019 Officers
President: Teri Bowles-Atherton
President-Elect: Dave Todd
Vice President: Amy Johnson
Secretary: Contesa Diaz-Nicolaidis
Treasurer: Cheryl Zander
Assistant Treasurer: John O’Hanlon

2018-2019 Portland Rose Festival Executive Committee [PDF]

Message from the Rose Festival President


My name is Teri Bowles-Atherton, the current president of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. I’m a second-generation Oregonian, proud daughter of Gail Black-Bowles and Carl Bowles, loving wife of Jermaine Atherton and mother of Jaiden, our spirited, beautiful daughter.

Like so many Portlanders, my family has a history with the Rose Festival. My family’s direct involvement dates back to 1968 when my uncle, Jimmy Bang-Bang Walker entered the first Grand Floral Parade float representing the African-American community in Albina. Two of his daughters served on the Rose Festival Court representing Jefferson High School in 1974 and 1976. In the early 80s I was given my first Rose Festival volunteer position, helping put the finishing touches on my uncle’s float. Even at the age of seven, I knew I was contributing to something grand, something bigger than I could even imagine at the time.

Ten years ago my Rose Festival journey crystallized when I volunteered to be a wardrobe coordinator and court chaperone, and in 2009 was chosen to join the Board of Directors. From there I’ve served on a host of committees and held multiple officer positions in preparation of serving as President of this tenured organization.

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation produces such a wonderful and world renowned festival that remains innovative and open to new ideas while embracing our core programs and events. As we roll up our sleeves and prepare for all the work, the reward and the fun ahead, I want to thank the Rose Festival board and staff and the community at large for its amazing support.

Let’s Festival!

Teri Bowles-Atherton