Gabrielle Rossi is a fifth generation East Multnomah County farmer, carrying on her family’s tradition. Gabrielle discovered how much she loved her family’s commitment to sustainable agriculture when she drove her first John Deere tractor at just 7 years old. She was soon a valued hand, helping her father with harvest and later becoming the company’s general manager. Joe Rossi, Gabrielle’s father, is a pioneer in sustainable methods to combat water and wind erosion. Gabrielle has passionately worked to learn traditional methods and combine them with efficient modern practices.
Rossi Farms has grown crops on the same soil continuously for 99 years of its 139 years in operations and has been an early advocate of neighborhood and government engagement. Gabrielle engages her neighbors and community through local events and on farm outreach, and continues to have an inquiring, open mind to the needs of the community. She passionately advocates for farms at the state and local levels, and is uniquely positioned to bridge urban and rural issues as she also serves on the board of directors for Multnomah County Farm Bureau.
Gabrielle graduated from the University of Portland with a B.A. in Business Operations and Technology Management. Gabrielle was elected as Director in the November 2018 election and took office in January 2019. She is serving a 2-year term, and her seat is up for election next in November 2020. Gabrielle serves as EMSWCD’s Board Treasurer and on the Budget, Land Legacy, and Ad-Hoc Committees.