ASLA Elevates Mary Anne Cassin to Council of Fellows

The ASLA Council of Fellows has recognized Mary Anne Cassin for her exceptional accomplishments and leadership over a 35 year career. Fellowship is among the highest honor ASLA bestows on members.

Mary Anne was nominated by the Oregon Chapter’s Fellow Nomination Committee in the Leadership/Management category. During her tenure with Portland Parks & Recreation and Metro, Mary Anne frequently worked behind the scenes on projects that serve the greater public good. She helped secure the 2011 National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Metal for Portland. She played a pivotal role in passing multiple capital bond measures and the System Development Charge for the City of Portland, and a five-year serial levy for the Metro Regional Government. She organized conferences, forums and exchange programs to help parks planners from around the nation share knowledge. She was critical in the initiation, master planning, and implementation of the Springwater Corridor.

“Mary Anne Cassin carries on and elevates the tradition of John Olmsted and Emanuel Mische in Portland’s parks. Similarly, she has advanced the stewardship of natural resources throughout our region. Her leadership has been consistent, collaborative, and positive, completing hundreds of park expansion and improvement projects funded through three historic bond measures. The latest bond measure focused on restoration. At Council meetings, I introduced her as our ‘irreplaceable’ manager. That was no exaggeration.” – The Honorable Charlie Hales, Former Portland Mayor and City Commissioner
“Few individuals have had the impact on Portland’s system of public places as Mary Anne Cassin. From the creation of our System Development Charge structure, to leading public funding measures, to the stewardship of our most iconic parks, Mary Anne has exemplified the best in landscape architectural public service, and is seen as a role model for future professionals. Every great city has someone working behind the scenes to facilitate progress. Mary Anne is Portland’s.”– Mike Abbaté, FASLA, Former Director, Portland Parks & Recreation

Mary Anne will be among the 2018 class of 31 Fellows recognized at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, October 19 – 22, in Philadelphia.

Read about all of this year’s Fellows here.