Our staff oversees the management functions that provide the program activities and support to accomplish the HDP’s goal. They depend on the support of committees and volunteers to get their work done.
Elisa Joy ‘EJ’ Payne
Going from volunteering Downtown into her position as Executive Director was a smooth transition for EJ. As she will tell you, she lives, works, and loves Downtown Hillsboro. Her background includes small business ownership, community outreach, environmental education, and management of projects in a variety of industries. When she’s not in Downtown Hillsboro, which isn’t very often, you might find her at Portland Timbers matches or camping across Oregon with her husband Kelly and their two mutts.
A Hillsboro native, through and through, Donna brings her love of her community together with her expensive background in marketing. She began volunteering with HDP when the organization was first formed, and we are proud to have her as part of our team. The amazing food and beautiful cut flowers that she often surprises us hint to the time she spends growing and creating at home. And when not in the garden, she is spending time with her family or the many people that are lucky to have her as a friend.
Gardening has been in her blood since she started her first job at a garden store while still in high school. Alongside her husband, she has been raising their two lovely daughters in NW Hillsboro, while also working as a private gardener for homeowners from Sherwood to Hillsboro. When she isn’t with her family or working you might find her riding horses or spending time in her own productive garden, always with her mini pack of rescue dogs along for the ride.
board of directors
The HDP Board of Directors are the governance side of the organization. This group of volunteers represent Downtown property owners, business owners, partners, and the community. The Board’s functions include strategic direction, financial accountability, leadership development, and resource development.
Director Liaison to the Promotions Committee
Director Liaison to the Organization Committee
Director at Large
Appointed Director (City of Hillsboro)
- Carol Reich, Committee Chair
- Dmitri Wright
- Kimberly Culbertson
- Tyler Geel
- Molly Moore, Committee Chair
- Kirra Krussman
- Mary Bosch
- Hilary Ostland
- TS McCormick
- Nick Triska
- Elaine Baker
- Jaymee Martin