Emerging Leaders Board
These entrepreneurs, strategists, community leaders and visionaries under 35 have agreed to share their extraordinary skills to support our mission.
Serving as an advisory board, these entrepreneurs, strategists, community leaders and visionaries under the age of 35 have agreed to share their extraordinary skills to support the mission of Oregon Environmental Council.
Alison is an Associate Manager at Fluid Market Strategies, where she manages energy efficiency programs and leads their Sustainability Consulting Services group. Alison grew up near Portland, Maine, and after a first career teaching 7th grade science, she attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies, graduating with an MA in International Environmental Policy and a focus in Sustainable Business Management. Alison sees leveraging the innovation inherent in the business world as a key component in addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. Alison currently serves on the Technical Committee of the Carbon Reduction Challenge, a program launched by OEC that helps wineries in the Northwest to reduce carbon emissions.
Amber is a Project Manager at Fourth Sector Consulting, a national consulting firm that works across sectors to advance positive social change. She grew up in Iowa and received a BS in environmental studies and Russian area studies from St. Olaf College. Amber previously served on the Hennepin County Soil and Water Board where she spent two years representing Minneapolis and strengthening the Board’s public visibility. In her free time, Amber enjoys hiking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, climbing, and kayaking. Follow Amber at @AmberCollett.
Bethany is the co-founder and co-director of local nonprofit, Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO). ECO aims to connect elementary students to the world around them through exploration of their local ecology. Bethany is a native Oregonian, and growing up, she was fortunate to spend a lot of time exploring Oregon’s forests. She believes that young people who have the chance to connect to and learn about their environment will grow into adults who care and take action to protect this place. Bethany received a BS in environmental science and in geography from the University of Oregon. She is married to Matt Thomas, owner of local businesses, Townshend's Tea Company and Brew Dr. Kombucha. They have two boys, ages 3 and 1.
Bethany Waggoner is a big believer that two things—awareness and engagement—can turn a simple idea into a ground breaking, world changing phenomenon. Bethany’s commitment to sustainability, integrity and opportunity form a solid foundation that drives her distinct approach to social networking. As Director of Communication for Social Enterprises/The GoGreen Conference, Bethany uses the tools of the Internet to tell stories the world needs to hear.
Bradford McKeown is a staunch believer in the maxim, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” A native of the Southern Oregon Coast, Bradford obtained his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. After spending nearly a decade in New England, Bradford returned to Oregon in 2009 when he began his MBA studies at Willamette University. After completing his degree in sustainable management, Bradford accepted a position with Energy Trust of Oregon, and has since moved on to work in PECI's Residential Energy Efficiency practice. His moderately unhealthy passion for grammar is rivaled only by his appreciation for a day on the river or a well-crafted pint.
Fletcher is the Assistant Director at Portland State University’s (PSU) Institute for Sustainable Solutions, supporting curriculum development, student leadership and research that contribute to a just, prosperous and vibrant future for our region and the world. He is a native Oregonian from a small town in Southern Oregon, and spent much of his free time in the backwoods of Northern California and Southern Oregon. When he’s not working on advancing PSU’s sustainability programs, you can probably find him, playing soccer, cheering on the Timbers, brewing beer or on a hike in the Gorge. He received his BA in English and Spanish from the University of Oregon and later completed his Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University—with a focus on environmental science and policy and energy policy.
Graeme Byrd is a connector, collaborator and changemaker. With an expertise in sustainability, technology and engaging the millennial generation, Graeme helps business and organizations grow in this changing economy to create a better society. He has more than a decade of experience in helping organizations and businesses find solutions to improve their communication and business challenges. Graeme is the Director of Business Development and Client Services for Cascade Web Development and the President of the Net Impact Portland Professional Chapter. Graeme has been a speaker at numerous conferences and events, including the national Net Impact Conference, Green Professionals Conference, and WVDO Conference. Follow Graeme at @graemefbyrd.
Heather is an Associate Marketing Manager at ROSEN, where she develops strategic marketing plans for sustainable businesses and nonprofits. She is passionate about the power of marketing to change minds and behaviors for the better. Heather grew up in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York where she learned a deep appreciation for nature. She holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA and Masters in International Environmental Policy with a focus on Energy and Climate Change from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. Heather is a Marketing Committee member for Levé and is an active Professional Marketing Volunteer on Catchafire.org. Follow Heather at @HeatherBessette.
Jude is a native Oregonian with a strong belief in the power of business for social good. She recently obtained her Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Sustainability at Portland State University. She has nearly a decade of professional experience helping small businesses across diverse industries improve brand communications and organizational efficiency, and currently works in communications at Nike. Jude serves on the board of the Net Impact Portland Professional Chapter, and on the board of Levé. Follow Jude at @JudeLieberman.
Mason Walker is new media manager of the Portland Business Journal and cofounder of Sustainable Business Oregon, a publication at the intersection of business and sustainability in the Northwest. Mason’s mission is to help significantly raise the level of sophistication around strategy-driven sustainability in the business community. He holds a degree in supply chain & logistics from Portland State University and is a fan of startups, social enterprise and tech-driven urban agriculture. You can keep up with him on Twitter at @Grow2point0.
Nathan is the Chief of Staff to Senator Mark Hass in the Oregon State Legislature, where he works mostly on Education, Environmental, and Finance & Revenue Public Policy. He is a native Oregonian, born and raised in East Portland, and attended the University of Oregon where he received his BA in City Planning, Public Policy and Management. Nathan sees Oregon at the forefront of a worldwide movement to close waste loops and move towards sustained prosperity, “Over the past 40 years or so, Oregon has made enormous strides in moving away from the take-make-waste model that has dominated much of the industrialized world relatively recently—the last couple hundred years—and back towards a sustainable way of life. And the rest of the country has followed suite because, as it turns out, these changes also increase quality of life. We’re still leading the nation today.” When he isn't working on advancing Oregon’s education and environmental policies, Nathan enjoys working on bicycles, playing Settlers of Catan, and hiking around the Northwest.
Nayantara Alailima-Rose is an Outreach Associate for 3Degrees, a company that helps utilities, businesses and LEED green building professionals buy, sell and market Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets. Originally from New Delhi, India, Nayantara received her BFA in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design with a focus in Sustainable Strategies. Her passion lies in creating energy efficient, toxic-free green buildings and facilitating change in the industry. Nayantara is currently pursuing her LEED GA and is involved in numerous Oregon based solar projects such as Solar Forward by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Robin Engle is an activist and development professional with a passion for building nonprofit organizations and progressive movements. She grew up on the shores of the Puget Sound and was inspired to be active politically at an early age by her grandmother Helen Engle, an first-wave environmental leader, general muckraker, and excellent cookie-baker. Robin is the Development Director for Columbia Riverkeeper, where she works for clean water and healthy river communities. Prior to her work at Riverkeeper, Robin ran field and fundraising offices for political campaigns and worked as Development Associate at Environment Oregon. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science, and serves as board Secretary for Earthshare Oregon, Oregon’s environmental workplace giving organization.
Sara Luisa Kowalczyk, a native Portlander, is the Program Coordinator for the REACH Community Builders Program (CBP). CBP addresses issues including housing justice, home-ownership retention, and development of healthy homes. Through her involvement with OEC, CBP, the Equity & Inclusion Leaders Network, and NeighborWorks America, she is committed to working towards a city and state with healthy and thriving communities. Sara approaches her work with a strong emphasis on social justice and equity. She is passionate about the human impact of environmental issues, particularly in demographics that are disproportionately affected, and underrepresented in the dialogue surrounding them. These perspectives inform her unique style of outreach and networking. Sara believes in the power communities have to accomplish great things when working in coalition and collaboration.