Emerging Leaders Board
Serving as an advisory board, these entrepreneurs, strategists, community leaders and visionaries under the age of 40 have agreed to share their extraordinary skills to support the mission of Oregon Environmental Council.
Alexis Gabriel is a communications and community engagement coordinator for the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways program. Alexis grew up mostly in California, but has also lived in each of the four quadrants of the US as well as abroad. She received her B.A in Communications from Xavier University of Louisiana, and later went on to earn her MBA in marketing and a MAIEP in sustainable development at Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She has a passion for 2P’s and an E – meaning whether through her work or her volunteer projects, she looks for opportunities to help move forward positive initiatives that bolster people, planet, and equity. When not working, she can be found jamming to an array of music (lots of K-pop), riding a bike, or going somewhere new in Portland.
Alexis is vice chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.
Amanda is an enthusiastic advocate for sustainable solutions that transform our current food system. Her time tea-tending as a small business entrepreneur and co-founding a food tech nonprofit focused on chocolate supply chains, enhanced her decade of event planning experience in her home state of Washington and across the West Coast. She found the perfect blend of her interests in business, sustainability and food via an MBA in Sustainable Systems and a Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems Certificate from Pinchot University, having previously completed her B.A. in Communication Studies at Westmont College.
Community engagement is her daily joy as Pacific Northwest Membership Manager for 1% for the Planet, a global network of businesses committing support to environmental nonprofits. When she isn’t in Portland for meetings or traveling by train across Oregon, Washington or British Columbia, you can find Amanda on her yoga mat or homesteading three acres near Salem in Yamhill County, cultivating bountiful sunflowers, chickens and tomatoes.
Originally from Maryland, Amira Streeter, moved to Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark Law School for their nationally recognized environmental law program and achieving a JD and Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law. She received her Bachelor’s from Skidmore College in New York and studied environmental science, dance, and art. Amira has worked on environmental policy projects for non-profits and the Oregon House of Representatives. Amira currently works for the Urban League of Portland as their Policy and Advocacy Director. When she’s not working, Amira enjoys watching movies, crafting, and playing with her dog.
Corinne grew up near the redwoods and oak woodlands of Northern California and quickly became a lover of the great outdoors. With a passion for communicating environmental science to public audiences, she completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. She now works as the Portland-based Outreach Coordinator for the Oregon Natural Desert Association, where she cultivates support for conservation of Oregon’s high desert. On most weekends you can find Corinne camping in Oregon’s wilderness areas, working in her garden, or kayaking local wild and scenic rivers.
Corinne is co-chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.
David Muller, the Green Sports Alliance’s Membership Director, is the primary point of contact for the GSA’s diverse network of members. Acting as an advisor, researcher, connector, promoter, and much more, David supports the implementation and advancement of greening initiatives within major professional and collegiate sports teams, venues, leagues, and events. David is primarily responsible for new member outreach as well—since taking charge of the membership program in October 2011, David has overseen the growth of the Green Sports Alliance from 25 members to nearly 400 today, with a 98% renewal rate. David also directs the GSA’s monthly webinar program, leads or supports various partnerships, and plays an integral role in developing GSA communications, programming and sponsorships for the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, along with regional workshops. David received his BA in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College, and his MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. He also attained certification as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Irie works as an energy advisor with the Clean Energy Works Oregon team, a local non-profit, whose focus is to reduce the residential carbon footprint and increase home comfort while sustaining living wage jobs for contractors and their staff across the state. As a Portland native, she has a passion for maintaining Oregon’s natural landscape for future generations. Her commitment lies in educating her local community on the positive impact of home performance and the effects of improving occupant behavior patterns. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in architecture with a focus in sustainable design.
Jamaal is a PhD student at Portland State University in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and a member of Portland State’s IGERT graduate traineeship program studying the role of ecosystem services in urbanizing regions. His research explores the intersections of sustainability, economic development, and land-use planning with a focus on identifying and attempting to address the conflicts that arise among these three areas. Before arriving in Portland, Jamaal worked for the DC Project, a residential weatherization non-profit, as a policy analyst. His work for the DC Project continues to shape his research interests and goals to fulfill the often forgotten “third-leg” of sustainability—social equity.
Janna (JJ) Green is native Oregonian and a licensed Realtor in Portland with a passion for sustainable design. She was born and raised on the Oregon coast before earning her two degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies at University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. She has over a decade of real estate, remodeling, construction and environmental design experience. JJ spent over 5 years working with non-profit energy efficiency consultancies helping homeowners retrofit their homes to modern (or better) energy and safety standards. This passion for creating sustainable, healthy homes with light footprints is deepened by her travels: whether biking across Montana studying energy and climate change, studying landscape design and planning in Japan, or kayaking through Mexico’s Sea of Cortez exploring concepts in ecology and passive architecture.
Jay Kosa has a passion for telling stories that engage, incite and inspire. He grew up in rural Pennsylvania where he experienced the joys of the outdoors and witnessed the ills of sprawl and pollution. Jay serves as Communications Manager for Columbia Land Trust, where he helps conserve and care for the places we love in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to working with the Land Trust, Jay provided communications services for a Portland-based green building non-profit and an environmental solutions consulting firm. He graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English Literature. Outside the office, Jay enjoys running, hiking, fishing and plunging into the wild, frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest.
June is the Program Coordinator for Community Collaborations and Investment at United Way of the Columbia Willamette where she helps to improve outcomes for low-income families and their children by supporting United Way’s investments in non-profits that help to strengthen community, help students succeed, and keep families stable. June also has a background in environmental conservation having received a MEM from Duke University. Prior to joining United Way, June worked on Oregon’s sage grouse mitigation program, as an environmental consultant in stormwater and hazardous waste compliance, and on forest and marine conservation in SE Asia. When she’s not working, you might find June playing the guitar or violin, shooting hoops, or eating donuts in one of Portland’s many donut shops.
Lindsey Maser is a business adviser with the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program, where she helps Portland organizations green their workplaces. She provides guidance and resources around workplace recycling, composting, waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation. By applying behavior change theory and best practices to encourage specific actions and shift social norms, Lindsey helps answer the question: “How can I get my co-workers to care about sustainability?” As a certified Master Recycler, Lindsey has also volunteered throughout Portland educating on the whys and hows of recycling, composting, and creative re-use.
Born and raised in a small town in Oregon, Lindsey is a proud Oregonian, Portlander (since 2003), and Reed College graduate. Her weekends are often spent working in her backyard, trying to coax fruits and vegetables to grow, and adding more native plants to up her Backyard Habitat certification game.
Mary Moerlins is the Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager at NW Natural where she works to continue to raise the bar for sustainable and responsible employee practices, operations and programs. Mary hails from rural Alabama and spent nine years post-college in Atlanta, Georgia working for environmental nonprofits prior to landing in Portland.
She spends her spare time with her family testing the limits of the bike trailer with two kids in tow and exploring the beautiful northwest from Forest Park to the High. Mary received a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University and Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Agnes Scott College.
Nakisha Nathan recently served as the Program Coordinator for the Organizer-in-Training program at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. She is also a STEAM Garden Educator and Permacultural Landscape Design Artist. Her love for nature and commitment to Environmental Justice stem from spending her formative years living in Panama, Canada, Texas and throughout the United States. Nakisha received her Master of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and her bachelor’s degree in bioenvironmental science from Texas A&M University.
When she’s not at work, Nakisha can be found playing a variety of games with her friends and family; camping with her partner and two dogs; photographing Oregon’s natural landscapes, flora and fauna; or, gleefully pursuing her quest to find every member of the Araucaria araucana species in Portland.
Rithy Khut is a land use planner for Multnomah County working to protect farm and forest lands for future generations. He is currently working with community members to create a vision for the county’s rural areas as Multnomah County updates its Comprehensive Plan. Born and raised in Portland, he recently moved back after 11.5 years in Eugene. As a “Double Duck”, he received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. Knowing that the big issues of the world aren’t going to be changed overnight, he has a passion for iterative change and conversations that allow for learning and finding common ground. When he isn’t working, you can find him riding his bike, “Anderson”, rock climbing, playing ultimate frisbee, or watching the Timbers or Liverpool FC!
Rob is the Director of Outreach and Technology at NW Earth Institute (NWEI), where he fosters leadership among individuals and organizations across North America to implement NWEI discussion courses and the annual EcoChallenge. His work has a strong focus on the use of digital technologies that advance the organization’s mission. Rob has worked in sustainability education for ten years and has a deep passion for progressive pedagogies that promote leadership and equity. Prior to joining NWEI, Rob managed waste minimization projects across the Portland metro region with Community Environmental Services. Rob holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and an undergraduate degree from Prescott College.
Known for being the ultimate coordinator and facilitator, Stefanie joined the Emerging Leaders Board to spread the word about the science behind the fun events in the city she now calls home. Originally from Iowa, Stefanie completed her undergraduate degree in marketing from Iowa State University and then migrated to Portland for an environmental science degree from Oregon State University. In her professional life, Stefanie is the Director of Marketing at Paragon BioTeck, Inc., an eye care pharmaceutical and medical device company that views giving back to the community as important as the health of the patients’ their products reach. Find her around town listening to local music, volunteering at OMSI, and at the best hidden food gems in Portland. Follow Stefanie @st_bae.