About Playworks Pacific Northwest

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Meet Playworks Pacific Northwest


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Pacific Northwest in 2009. Playworks Pacific Northwest serves low-income schools across the Portland metro area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Pacific Northwest through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet Our People


September 7, 2022

Mary Anna Adams ›

Mary Anna grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology and education. She moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2020 for an AmeriCorps program as a counselor for high school…

September 7, 2022

Kat McKibbon ›

Kat originally grew up in Michigan where she graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in both Psychology and Spanish. She moved to the PacNW at the beginning of 2020 and has enjoyed exploring all of the amazing sights that…

September 9, 2022

Nico Orti ›

As a Site Ccoordinator, Nico loves to move around and infuse positivity in all his activities. New to Playworks, he is looking forward to sparking positive changes on the playground and having that trickle down through the hallways and classrooms…

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We’re hiring! Join us on the playground or behind the scenes.

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