Meet Greg Malinowski
Greg Malinowski is an lifelong resident of Washington County who champions smart growth. Greg sees fellow county residents as investors with a valuable stake in the issues that affect our quality of life.
Greg currently serves as the Washington County commissioner for District 2, seeking a second term this May. As our commissioner, Greg is helping residents determine their own future with a more open, accessible government that responds to their needs.
Greg’s goal is to help establish sustainable communities that enhance the quality of life for all.
Greg has been a strong and consistent voice for smart growth, insisting that the needs of current and future residents be weighed equally with the needs of the region to provide for population growth.
Greg and his brothers own 60 acres of beautiful farmland in Bethany, growing organic hay and beef. As a small farmer who runs his own business, he has been a champion for small businesses, especially in their dealings with county agencies.
As with most small family farmers, Greg worked off the farm as well. In addition to farming, Greg worked for 30 years in high-tech manufacturing, quality, and inventory Control at Tektronix and Merix.
The Malinowski farm is located in the Bethany area “on the west side of the West Hills,” as Greg describes it, and the land is spread between Washington County and Multnomah County. Because of the land’s proximity to the urban growth boundary, Greg has been involved in land use policy work since the 1970s.
Before serving as Washington County commissioner, Greg served as president of the Forest Park Neighborhood Association, and, for a number of years, as chair of Citizens Participation Organization 7. As chair of CPO 7, Greg helped the residents of Bethany have a voice in the urbanization of their neighborhoods. He also participated in the original Bethany Community Plan that set parameters for Bethany Town Center and adjacent residential developments. Greg has been a part of the North Bethany planning process from the time the area was first included in the 2002 round of urban growth boundary expansions.
In addition to serving on the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the Clean Water Services Board of Directors, and the Washington County Housing Authority Board of Directors, Greg spends time doing research, networking with neighboring cities and other county governments, and meeting with constituents.
Greg and his wife of 33 years, Jonella, often have a booth at the Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market selling products from their farm, which gives Greg a chance to educate people about organic meat and eggs, and also offers a casual and informal setting for discussions about county policies and issues.
Greg and Jonella live on the farm with their son Aaron, and Aaron’s wife Vanessa. Greg and his family are active in their church, where he participated in setting up a cold-weather warming center, teaches kindergarten, and has served on various committees.