Staff Leadership

Management Profiles

Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Executive Officer

Steve Bloom has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden since 2005.

Beginning early in his tenure, Bloom led the formation of a comprehensive ten-year strategic plan which was completed in December of 2016 and that has been transformational in its scope and impact on the Garden.

Under Bloom’s leadership, the Garden has seen strong organizational growth and increased financial stability. He oversaw the completion of a $33.5 million expansion of the Garden and it’s facilities, created a curatorial department, expanded and improved programs in culture, art, and education, established an International Japanese Garden Training Center, formed an International Advisory Board, and has dramatically increased national and international visibility and recognition. Learn more.

Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator

Sadafumi (Sada) Uchiyama is the Garden Curator at the Portland Japanese Garden.

Uchiyama is a third generation Japanese gardener from southern Japan where his family has been involved in gardening for over a century. Prior to his appointment as the Garden Curator in October 2008, he also served as a Vice President on the Board of Directors and continues to serve on advisory committees for the Portland Japanese Garden. Devoted to fostering relations between Japanese gardens in Japan and those outside of Japan, Uchiyama served as one of seven founding members and the Secretary of the International Association of Japanese Gardens (IAJG) from 1996 to 2000. Learn more.

Diane Durston, Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education

Diane Durston is a writer, lecturer, cultural consultant, and educator, who lived for 18 years in Japan.

For the past ten years, she has been the Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art & Education at the Portland Japanese Garden, where she has been instrumental in expanding the Garden’s reputation as a center of cultural learning, laying the groundwork for the Garden’s new International Institute for Garden Arts and Culture. Learn more.

Cynthia Johnson Haruyama, Deputy Director

In her role as Deputy Director, Cynthia Johnson Haruyama has managed the Cultural Crossing campaign from its inception, oversees implementation of the Strategic Plan, managed the start-up and launch of the Japanese Garden Training Center, liaises between the Garden and City bureaus, and is currently working on several new long-term initiatives. Learn more.

Senior Staff

Cheryl Ching, Chief Operations Officer, [email protected]

Diane Freeman, Director of Finance, [email protected]

Lisa Christy, Director of Marketing & Communications, [email protected]

Tom Cirillo, Chief Development Officer, [email protected], 503-595-5225

Sarah MacDonald, Executive Assistant, [email protected]

Ashley McQuade, Director of Retail, [email protected]

Mike Rego, Director of Facilities, [email protected]