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The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District hired Geoff Roach, who currently serves as Oregon director for the Trust for Public Land, as its director of community partnerships.

In his new role, which he starts on Feb. 19, 2013, Roach will build on the district’s relationships with Beaverton-area stakeholders to help develop corporate and other public/private partnerships to supplement the district’s primary funding sources. He will also assist the nonprofit Tualatin Hills Park Foundation in its efforts to support district programs and projects.

Roach has worked with the public land trust for 17 years, with nine of those spent as its director. His primary role was to raise capital for land conservation in the state, including sites in the Columbia River Gorge and Hell’s Canyon in northeastern Oregon, and to connect Oregonians to nature through parks, trails and natural areas.

“Geoff’s commitment to parks, the vital role they play in building healthy, attractive communities now and for future generations makes him a valuable addition to our team,” said Doug Menke, general manager of the park district. “With the groundwork already established by the district and Geoff’s expertise in this area, we believe we will be able to achieve more positive results for our park users.”

Roach has spent 25 years in the nonprofit sector supporting parks, trails and natural areas. During this time, he has successfully developed partnerships with nonprofit, for-profit and community-based collaborators.

He is a board member of the Portland Park Foundation and a founding member of the Intertwine Alliance.

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