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
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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 co-chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.

Amanda Thomas

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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.

Amira Streeter

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Originally from Maryland, Amira Streeter, moved to Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark Law School for their nationally recognized environmental law program. She received her Bachelor’s from Skidmore College in New York and studied environmental science, dance, and art. After achieving a JD and Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law, she worked for Lew Frederick, the City of Portland, and the Urban League of Portland.  Amira has worked on environmental policy projects for non-profits and government. Amira currently works for Commissioner Nick Fish as a Policy Director. When she’s not working, Amira enjoys watching movies, crafting, and playing with her dog.

Clement Uduk
Native Portlanders are a rare breed as Portland continues experience an incredible influx of transplants from around the country. Clement Uduk is one of these rare individuals. As a youth, his passion for golf and being outdoors, along with his curiosity in science and math, led to him wanting to become a conservationist and environmentalist. He received his bachelor’s in environmental science from the University of Portland. Clement has knowledge and interesting in GIS and water resource issues, recently completing a graduate certificate in GIS at PSU. Currently, the jack-of-all-trades-and-interests works as a middle school integrated science teacher. When this guy isn’t teaching, you will most likely see or hear him celebrating (or bemoaning) being a Trail Blazers fan, discussing his fantasy baseball or football team, telling you why he thinks Drake is overrated or out at Colwood playing some par 3 golf.
Corinne Handelman 

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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.

David Muller

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David Muller is an independent Sustainability Expert and Consultant, focusing on the sports industry, built environment, and health and wellness. As the founding Membership Director for the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), David was the primary point of contact for the GSA’s broad and diverse network of members. Acting as an advisor, researcher, writer, connector, promoter, and much more, David supported the implementation and development of sustainability initiatives undertaken by hundreds of major professional and collegiate sports teams, venues, leagues, and events. David was primarily responsible for the exponential growth of GSA membership from 25 members in October 2011 to nearly 400 in May 2016, with a 98% renewal rate. He also led the design and launch of the GSA’s Corporate Members Network, including some of the world’s most prominent brands. David also designed and administered the GSA’s monthly webinar program, created and led various partnerships with major non-profits and NGOs, and played an integral role in conceiving and developing nearly all GSA programs, communications, and the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. David received his MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, and his BA in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College. He also attained LEED Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Outside of work, David enjoys nature, music, sports, and most of all spending time with his 4-year-old son Noah.

JJ Green

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.

JJ is co-chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.

Jay Kosa

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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 Reyes

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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.

June is vice chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.

Kellen Klein 

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Kellen Klein is a Manager of Stakeholder Engagement at Future 500, an international non-profit that builds bridges between parties at odds – corporations and activists, the political left and right, and others – to advance systemic solutions to urgent sustainability challenges. A Pacific Northwest native, Kellen‘s professional background spans the sustainability spectrum, with experience advancing environmental initiatives for major organizations like Kaiser Permanente and Conservation International. He holds a Master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Throughout his career, Kellen has found the greatest reward inspiring sustainable solutions from unlikely origins. In his free time you can find him scarfing Portland donuts and craft beer, honing his DIY skills, and exploring the Columbia River Gorge.
Lindsey Maser

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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

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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.

Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez is a woman of the west – she has lived in California, Washington, and Oregon and has a particular passion for the greenness of the northwest.  As an Oregon attorney, Monica’s focus is on public interest work. Currently, she is employed by CareOregon, a Medicaid and Medicare health plan that serves low-income, disabled, and elderly members. Prior to working with CareOregon, Monica served as an Americorps member with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and interned for the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, the Port of Portland, Western Environmental Law Center, and Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Darleen Ortega. Monica is a graduate of Seattle University and the University of Oregon School of Law. Like many Portlanders, she especially loves bikes and beer.

Nakisha Nathan

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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

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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!

Stefanie Henning

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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.

Stefanie is co-chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.