OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Trang Lam, the director of the Camas Parks and Recreation Department, to the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.
The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board awards about $200 million in grants every 2 years to local governments, tribes, nonprofits and state and federal agencies to create outdoor recreation opportunities, such as parks and trails. The board also awards grants to conserve the state’s natural resource heritage by protecting working farms and forests and wildlife habitat, including places inhabited by plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.
“Trang will be a wonderful addition to the board,” Inslee said. “She brings vital experience in public service, land use and recreation. Her experience serving disadvantaged communities will help us invest resources fairly and equitably across the state.”
Lam has more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, 5 of which are in the parks and recreation field, and 7 years running a private company.
In 1979, Lam and her extended family fled Vietnam as refugees and settled in Portland. She later earned a bachelor of arts degree from Portland State University and ran her family’s food manufacturing business before entering public service.
In 2006, Lam began working for the Portland Development Commission, where she held many positions, mostly focusing on neighborhood redevelopment, engaging historically underserved populations and businesses owned by people of color and managing high-profile real estate transactions, economic development initiatives and public-private partnership programs. In 2016, Lam went to work for the City of Portland, where she served as both the property and business development manager and then the Parks and Recreation Bureau deputy director. In 2019 she moved to the University of Portland as associate vice president for land use and planning before becoming the Camas parks director in 2021.
“We are very excited that Trang will be joining the board,” said Ted Willhite, chair of the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. “We are looking forward to her bringing her unique skills to the board and helping us carry out our mission to protect and enhance Washington’s great natural and recreational resources for people living here today and generations to come.”
Lam lives in Washougal with her husband. Her term will run through December 31, 2025.