Colin Fogarty

Director of Communications

Metro Portland

Marketing and Communications
(503) 227-6846

Colin Fogarty has always been drawn to the stories that define us. As Director of Communications, his role is to elevate the stories and perspectives of the Oregonians served by OCF. As a public radio journalist, his stories were heard throughout the Northwest and on NPR. He covered state and regional politics and the big issues of the day. Along the way, Colin kept returning to the theme of history and its role in our everyday lives. Colin spent the last 7 years of his time in public radio as regional editor for the Northwest News Network, where he managed a team of reporters covering the issues and state legislatures in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He produced stories on the Columbia River’s Indigenous cultures, northwest history and the silencing of Celilo Falls in 1957.


In 2014, he became executive director of Confluence, a community-supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. Confluence works through public art landscapes, education programs, public gatherings, media and publications in collaboration with northwest Tribes and the celebrated artist Maya Lin. In 2024, Colin once again traded one form of storytelling for another when he joined OCF. Colin and his wife Stephanie Wiant have three children, two chickens and one dog and live in Portland.