Vicente Harrison

Health, Safety, and Emergency Manager at City of Portland Parks and Recreation

Vicente S. Harrison, the Health, Safety, and Emergency Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation. He is also the bureau’s first-ever full-time African American Park Ranger.

Vicente was recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by KATU News. He received a Unit Commendation from Portland Police Bureau for outstanding emergency management and public safety efforts and a challenge coin from the United States Secret Service for a visit from POTUS to Portland, Oregon, in 2022.

Vicente received his bachelor’s degree in IS-Psychology from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by his time as a Park Ranger, Vicente wrote and published a children’s book “My Nature Exploration” to encourage all children, especially children of color, to get outdoors. Vicente is a Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Master Educator and a Portland Audubon, Trail Keepers of Oregon, and Human Access Project board member. He lives in Portland with his wife Rachel, and their children, Vicente II and Harper.


Parks and the Unhoused

Tuesday, June 25
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM