Meet The Team

Staff

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Anissa Pemberton

Anissa Pemberton

Grants & Operations Manager - they/them

Anissa Pemberton (they/them) returns to 350PDX after serving two years at the Coalition of Communities of Color as the Environmental Partnerships Manager (formerly the Portland Clean Energy Fund Coalition Coordinator). As a passionate climate justice organizer, they are excited to serve as the Grants and Operations Manager. Previously, they served at 350PDX as the Coalition Manager from 2018 - 2020. They are pursuing a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, and are passionate about increasing work life balance in the climate justice movement and integrating healing justice practices. In their free time, you can find Anissa building community through dinner parties, urban hiking with friends, gardening with their partner, and cuddling with their dog, Roxie.

Brenna Bell

Brenna Bell

Forest Climate Manager - she/her

Raised on Muckleshoot Prairie in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, a land of both towering trees and expansive clearcuts, Brenna started advocating for forests in 1997. Her journey of advocacy took her up to tree sits, into lumber mills, across timber sales, though law school, to meetings, rallies, webinars and more . . . all with a focus of shifting forest management away from commodity production and towards ecological restoration. Along the way, she fell in love with dead trees, forest fires, and learned that Pacific NW forests are some of the best carbon sequestering ecosystems in the world. And learned that snow packs and glaciers are rapidly melting and, if we don’t change forest management, Oregon might start running out of summer water.

The more she learned about forests and climate change, the more Brenna‘s work shifted to focus on that intersection. In 2020, while staff attorney for Bark, Brenna helped launch the Pacific NW Forest Climate Alliance, bringing together over 60 groups across the NW to share resources and take action improving forest management to build climate resiliency and mitigate climate change. She’s thrilled to build capacity for 350PDX‘s Forest Defense Team as the Forest Climate Manager, and looks forward to changing both laws and culture to value Oregon’s forests for more than profit.

Along with loving forests, Brenna also loves long bike commutes, raising dairy goats, talking about death, figuring out how to share life with her intentional community, and being a mom to two awesome kids who are scared about climate change.

Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer

Volunteer Manager - he/him

Chris is originally from the UK and moved to Portland in early 2018. He volunteered with the Portland Clean Energy Fund campaign before joining 350PDX as a staff member.

Chris is our Volunteer Manager, which involves bringing new volunteers into the movement, training and building volunteer leaders, helping implement our JEDI plan so our movement is equitable and accessible, and helping all our teams be effective movement building machines.

Previously Chris helped run a Scottish nonprofit, 2050 Climate Group, that supports millennials to take action on climate change. He also worked as a sustainability advisor to small businesses and ran a startup to encourage businesses to fly less.

Outside of work he helped set up the local hub of the Sunrise Movement, and enjoys playing music on his loop pedal.

Dineen O’Rourke

Dineen O’Rourke

Campaign Manager - she/her

Dineen dedicated her life to fighting for climate justice in her senior year of high school when Superstorm Sandy hit her community on Eastern Long Island and the looming threat of climate change suddenly became very urgent and personal. She moved to Portland from Western Massachusetts, where she was an active leader in a campaign against a multi-billion dollar Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline. After 3 years of grassroots and legal pressure, and training hundreds of people in nonviolent direct action, the campaign was successful and the pipeline was permanently stopped. Dineen moved to Portland in 2017, and since then, she’s worked for the Oregon Sierra Club, as a Field Organizer on the Portland Clean Energy Fund campaign, and helped to start the Sunrise PDX hub. She loves connecting deeply with people, centering emotions around the crises of our time in our work, singing, seeing live music, baking, and being outside as much as possible.

Emily Krafft

Development Manager - she/her

Emily grew up in a California landscape dotted with oil fields and abundant with flowers and fruit trees. For the last 20+ years, she has called Oregon home, where her interests have led her to work for a number of environmental causes including green building, solar energy, biodiversity conservation, and climate justice. She (really) woke up to the climate crisis and became inspired to join Oregon’s movement for fossil fuel resistance after 350.org founder Bill McKibben told us to “do the math” on climate change. At 350PDX, Emily found community and became involved in the organization’s efforts to safeguard our region from dangerous fossil fuel projects and advance equitable and just local climate planning at the local level. She is thrilled to now join the 350PDX staff collective as the Development Manager to sustain and grow the climate justice movement.

Emily is happiest when she is at a swimming hole, in the forest, cooking for friends, eating too many berries, or dancing in her living room.

Eloise Navarro

Eloise Navarro

National Fossil Fuels Organizer

Eloise is a Queer Filipino-American grassroots organizer who grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. She found her roots in climate justice when her family moved to a small farm and learned about gardening and sustainable agriculture, fostering her passion for the Earth and its people. They currently live in Eugene, where they are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Romance Languages with a minor in Environmental Studies. She has served as the Fossil Free UO campaign coordinator for the University of Oregon’s Climate Justice league for two years and is now the co-director. During her time in the Climate Justice League, she has helped coordinate meetings, rallies, and university-wide events to work towards climate justice on campus.

She has experience working on energy democracy, transportation justice, fossil fuel resistance, and community resilience and empowerment with various groups, including the NAACP, Fossil Free Eugene, Beyond Toxics, and Divest Ed. Collective liberation, community-building, and cultural sovereignty are at the core of their organizing principles, and they are excited to work towards an equitable, fossil-free future! Eloise enjoys going to concerts, playing guitar, collaging, gardening, and going on walks to pet neighborhood cats.

Indi Namkoong

Indi Namkoong

Coalition Manager - she/they

Indi’s work in conservation and stewardship has taken her all over the Pacific Northwest; building trails with teens in the North Cascades, protecting salmon habitat on the southern Oregon Coast, and restoring forests and wetlands right here in Multnomah County. Indi moved to Portland in the spring of 2019 to work with a local conservation district, where her research around the impacts of past and present racial segregation in the Metro area uncovered that district services and benefits were largely failing to reach diverse neighborhoods and environmental justice communities. Indi saw the same story playing out in institutions across the city and committed herself to fighting back. She continued to work at the intersections of racial justice, climate and environmental justice, and local government as an organizer with Sunrise PDX.

As the Coalition Manager, Indi collaborates with and supports the work of our allies in frontline communities and communities of color as we build together towards a Just Transition. She also supports the planning and implementation of 350PDX’s JEDI Plan. Indi organizes with the City County Watchdog Team and the Green New Deal Team to further develop 350PDX’s Just Transition work. Outside of work, she loves to cook, camp, and play in whatever the nearest body of water happens to be.

Julia Fritz-Endres

Julia Fritz-Endres

Communications Manager - she/her

Julia grew up in a small town in Massachusetts where she gained a deep sense of connection to the natural world. Like many other young people, she also developed a fear of climate change - how it would impact her generation’s future. She moved to the Twin Cities to study climate science and policy at Macalester College, and soon found a home in the local climate justice community. After discovering community organizing, she didn’t feel so alone in the face of a terrifying future. Julia spent over three years mobilizing people to take action in the Stop Line 3 movement and taking action herself. She was also part of the core planning for actions like the Treaty People Gathering, where thousands participated in civil disobedience.

While in Minnesota, Julia volunteered extensively with MN350, worked as a Pipeline Resistance Coordinator for MN Interfaith Power & Light, completed a service year with MN GreenCorps to further the City of Saint Paul’s climate goals, canvassed for the 2020 General Election, and organized with the Sunrise Movement Twin Cities hub. Julia believes we must follow frontline leadership to dismantle all systems of oppression and build new systems that are healing and regenerative. She is honored to be able to continue that work with 350PDX. As a Communications Manager with 350PDX, she coordinates email blasts, newsletters, social media, web content, and press relations.

After work, you can find Julia going on runs in the woods, reading science fiction, writing poetry, and hanging out with her cats, Turkey and Goose. You can reach her at julia@350pdx.org

Board Members

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Allyse Heartwell

Allyse Heartwell

Board Director - she/her

Allyse was born and raised in Hawaii. Before landing in Portland in 2018, she spent over a decade in California, working at the intersection of climate organizing, sustainable agriculture, and local sustainable economies. She spent nearly six years at 350.org, the international organization with which 350PDX is affiliated, including two years on the leadership team as the organization’s Digital Director. In 2017, she quit her job to renegotiate her relationship with work and activism, and spent almost a year traveling around the world on trains, buses, and boats. Now she works as an independent consultant, putting her expertise in strategic digital campaigning and communications to work for mission-driven nonprofits in the climate and environmental space. In addition to climate justice, sustainable food & farming, and overland travel, she spends a lot of time thinking about how to make her dog happy and get to cool outdoorsy stuff by bike.

Anais Tuepker

Anais Tuepker

Board Chair - she/they

Anaïs is focused on building what comes next in the regenerative society. First introduced to environmental activism in Australia in the 1990s, she sees indigenous rights, racial justice and the end of extractive economics as key elements in facing up to the climate crisis. A volunteer in multiple roles with 350PDX since its early days and its former interim Co-Executive Director, Anaïs is a sociologist and health systems researcher who has also worked in immigrant and refugee community education and advocacy, international public health, and as a social entrepreneur. She is on the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) workgroup and works closely with staff in developing organizational training capacity and a resilient movement culture.

Evie Vermeer

Evie Vermeer

Board Treasurer - he/him

Evie was born and raised in Minneapolis. Growing up canoeing, skiing and playing hockey on the northern lakes inspired his passion for environmental conservation.
Before moving to Portland in 2016, Evie graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Economics-Environmental Studies.
In 2020, he left his job in forestry finance to focus on conservation and environmental justice work in Oregon and to pursue a graduate degree.
Evie is a master‘s candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where he participates in the program’s Sustainable Forestry Fellowship program.
Evie is a member of 350PDX’s finance committee and forest defense team. In his spare time, he conducts research for a local nonprofit, tends to his many plants, and enjoys skiing, biking and hiking.

Devyn Powell

Devyn Powell

Board Director - she/her

Devyn grew up in the Portland area, and moved back in 2020 after a long detour on the east coast. She is very glad to be home. She works as an energy policy analyst at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where her research is focused on incorporating equity and environmental justice goals into clean energy policy, and is also a volunteer organizer with 350PDX’s Fossil Fuel Resistance team. Devyn has previously worked on clean energy policy analysis at Evergreen Action and Solar United Neighbors, and as a digital campaigner and strategist at 350.org and the Power Shift Network.
She has also earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Tufts University. When she’s not trapped in front of a computer screen, Devyn is usually somewhere in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her dog, Lyra.

Jamie Pang

Jamie Pang

Board Secretary - she/her

Jamie has lived in and out of Portland since 2011, having graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2014. She has spent a decade in the environmental nonprofit sector, and has dedicated her entire legal career to environmental protection. Jamie is currently the Environmental Health Program Director at Oregon environmental Council. Prior to this, she was the staff counsel at the Protect Our Communities Foundation—fighting consumer rate spikes, irresponsible procurement, and dirty fossil fuel development in Southern California. She first started her career in Washington D.C., with the Center for Biological Diversity, where she advocated for imperiled wildlife and defended federal environmental laws, and fought against regulatory overhauls, attacks on civil justice, and corruption. She is committed to bringing diversity and equity into the environmental and conservation world as a whole.

Mikaela Todd

Mikaela Todd

Board Director - she/her

Mikaela was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up hiking, camping, and experiencing local wildlife through Girl Scouts, developing an appreciation of nature from an early age. As a teenager, she made the decision to forever abstain from factory-farmed meat - reading and learning about food politics sparked a lifelong passion for environmental justice and equity.

Mikaela graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in literature and politics in 2013, and soon after moved to the Portland metro area, where she fell in love with kayaking, backpacking, and exploring the natural beauty of Oregon. She worked in hotel operations management for several years before earning her MBA from Portland State University in 2021. While at PSU, Mikaela led the business school’s B Impact program, advising local businesses on how to reach their sustainability goals and become certified B corporations.

Mikaela currently works as a senior accountant at Geffen Mesher, where she is an active member of the firm’s DEI committee. She is a foster parent, has three pets with her spouse, and values giving back to her community. She is excited to use her financial skills to aid the environmental justice movement through her work with 350 PDX.

Maya Rommwatt

Maya Rommwatt

Board Director - she/her

Maya is dedicated to supporting the climate justice movement in her hometown. She was raised in Northeast Portland, with the help of a justice framework informed by her ancestors, and was taught to fight for people and the planet and that the two cannot be separated. She views life as a long-term project to build a world based on community, not exploitation, and deep and meaningful relationships, not transactions. Maya first volunteered with 350PDX during the ShellNo and Break Free actions and has been sharpening her boating skills ever since. She works with Stand.earth as a climate campaigner, compelling fashion brands to get the coal out of our clothes.