Meet The Team

Staff

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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.

Chuck Coussens

Chuck Coussens

IT & Operations Manager - she/they

Chuck is an art/tech geek hybrid who loves helping rad people with their missions. She’s been solving problems for nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest for the past decade, working on everything from web development to database management to business systems design. In love with the natural world from a young age, she’s hiked across two deserts, up three mountains, and through more forests than she can count. At 350PDX, she’s excited to lend her fix-it skills towards the fight for climate justice and protection. In her spare time Chuck enjoys illustration, travel, and geeking out about relational neurobiology.

Indi Namkoong

Indi Namkoong

Coalition Manager - she/her

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’s 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.

Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer

Volunteer & Communications 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. He is also the Communications Manager, dealing with our emails, social media, website, and press. In addition, Chris oversees the Transportation Justice and Forest Defense teams.

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.

Gaby Diaz

Gaby Diaz

Development Manager - she/her

It was the lure of old growth forests, winding rivers, and high desert brush that brought Gaby to Oregon in 2012 from her home state of Colorado. Gaby’s desire to advocate for wildlife and wildlands catalyzed at PIELC, where she found a community of people who were working to keep ancient trees standing and gray wolves howling.

After moving to Portland, she served a term with the Oregon State Service Corps, provided medical care for Portland’s houseless and marginalized communities, and spent the past five years advocating for Oregon’s wild places and wildlife. Having these experiences put climate reality into focus: climate change affects everyone, but the burden and impact are unequal.

As 350PDX’s Development Manager, Gaby is excited to be a co-conspirator in the fight for climate justice along with her colleagues and 350PDX network. Offline, you’ll find Gaby somewhere outside, with a book, or making jewelry.

Board Members

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Allyse Heartwell

Allyse Heartwell

Board Secretary - 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.

Bernadette Rodgers

Bernadette Rodgers

Board Treasurer - she/her

Bernadette arrived in Portland with her family in 2014, connected with 350PDX just in time for the People’s Climate March and never looked back. Bernadette is an Adjunct Professor of as-tronomy, physics and globalization at Portland State University and Portland Community Col-lege, where she works to impress on her students the urgency of the climate crisis. She earned her PhD in Astronomy from the U of Washington in 2001. Before moving to Portland Bernadette was head of science operations at Gemini Observatory and lived in La Serena, Chile for 13 years. She first became active with 350.org in 2010. Bernadette brings leadership, management experience and scientific expertise to the 350PDX mission.

Evie Vermeer

Evie Vermeer

Board Director - 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.

Jamie Pang

Jamie Pang

Board Director - 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.

Jordan Lee

Jordan Lee

Board Director - he/him

Jordan is currently a project manager at an international engineering firm focusing on quantifying environmental liabilities during complex merger and acquisition business transactions. Originally from Ithaca, NY, Jordan received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville. During that time, Jordan worked for manufacturing companies in Lexington, KY; Dallas, TX; and New York, NY. He also volunteered with Lexington Habitat for Humanity in support of construction projects providing affordable housing options for families in need. Upon graduating from the University of Louisville, Jordan moved to New York, NY and spent three years managing brownfield remediation projects in the five boroughs of New York City; redeveloping underutilized contaminated properties for commercial and residential use. During that time, Jordan took graduate courses at night that lead to a masters degree in Environmental Engineering with a concentration in groundwater and soil pollution control from Stevens Institute of Technology. Jordan was also the Database and Outreach Manager for Engineers Without Borders New York Professional Chapter in support of infrastructure improvement projects in developing countries. Beginning in Fall 2019, Jordan enrolled in Lewis & Clark Law School’s part-time evening Environmental Law Juris Doctor program.

Karla Kim

Karla Kim

Board Director - she/her

Karla has called Portland her home since 2017. Karla is originally from California and graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.A. in Sociology. Karla is currently an HR Advisor who has worked in various areas of human resources such as Recruiting, Training and Development, Employee Relations and Diversity and Inclusion. She brings a diverse business background with 18 years of experience in banking, insurance, transportation and the cannabis industry. Karla has many years of volunteer experience with a variety of non-profit organizations, which has brought her to 350PDX via the BIPOC group. In her free time, Karla likes to travel, read and practice playing her guitar.

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.

Team Leaders

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Melanie Plaut

Melanie Plaut

Fossil Fuel Resistance Team Co-Coordinator

Melanie recently retired after a 36-year career in OB/GYN practice. She has always been oriented toward the future – “obstetrics will do that to you!” She is worried about the world we are leaving to the babies that she delivered over the years. Melanie decided to work with 350PDX because “I used to think that someone else would take care of the climate change problem. But then I realized that there is no someone else – we are all going to have to do it together.”

Felice Kelly

Felice Kelly

Forest Defense Team Co-Coordinator

Felice came to climate activism through her deep love for the natural world, and a desire to reduce the harm that humans inflict on one another and many other species through ecological degradation and climate catastrophe. She is a microbiologist by profession, focused on understudied parasites that cause human pathogenesis in Africa, India, South and Central America, and the Middle East. She has been a member of 350PDX since early 2019, and is excited about how the forests of the Pacific Northwest can sequester more carbon and help fight climate change.

Sue Palmiter

Sue Palmiter

Defund/Divest Team Co-Lead

Sue came to 350PDX as a signature gatherer for PCEF, learned that the organization can bring together tens of thousands of people at the 2019 Climate Strike, and threw her energy into co-leading the Defund/Divest team after seeing the potential of stopping the money pipeline from financial institutions to more rapidly combat the climate crisis. She comes to this activism after years of experience as a volunteer coordinator and a small consulting business owner.

Emily Polanshek

Emily Polanshek

SW Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

A relatively new activist to climate justice, Emily’s early activism focused on social justice and workers’ rights: Civil rights in the mid ‘60s, ending the Vietnam war, the United Farm Workers Union, and solidarity movements in Chile and El Salvador. She also volunteered for candidates and ballot measures in defense of labor and civil rights. Several of her life-long passions - nature, people and art – are converging through her climate work with 350PDX and she is happy to be volunteering and learning to be a leader. Emily strongly senses that Momentum for climate justice is finally building: “I can feel it!”

Barbara Ford

Barbara Ford

Climate Odyssey Program Coordinator & Arts Team Co-Coordinator

Barbara joined the 350 Team in the spring of 2015. She has been involved with climate activism and education since 2001, mostly in the interfaith community. She is the past president of the national Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth. Barbara is keenly interested in the intersection between the arts, spirituality, and activism, and offers workshops on hope and creativity for social change. Her favorite quote- "We will not save what we do not love." - Wendell Berry

Jenifer Schramm

Jenifer Schramm

Defund/Divest Team Co-Lead

Jenifer moved from practicing law in California in a legal collective, serving community activists, to teaching in a clinical law program in Washington, representing victims of domestic violence. She left practice behind and taught skills such as interviewing and evaluation of alternative dispute resolution options, then left law behind and drew on administrative experience to become the director of the Photographic Center Northwest. As of 2005, she freelanced as an administrator and editor and is now retired. She moved to Portland in 2017 and added hands-on engagement to longtime financial support of climate activism.

Donna Murphy

Donna Murphy

Arts Team Co-Coordinator

Donna Murphy retired from 20 years of ambitious teaching in low income/high minority Portland populations, and soon afterwards began volunteering for 350PDX. An appreciation for how art and movement and good food and community supports important social causes drives her volunteer work. Her goal for 350 Arts Team is to foster awareness of the important and urgent climate story.

Taryn Oakley

Taryn Oakley

Divest/Reinvest Team Co-Coordinator

Taryn is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a B.A. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Geography. For the past 8 years, she has been teaching environmental science classes at Portland Community College. She is passionate about teaching others how to care for our planet, as well as one another. She has two young children that keep her on her toes and believes that time outside can cure the soul. She loves gardening, yoga and anything DIY.

Debby Garman

Debby Garman

Washington County Team Co-Coordinator

Hillsboro resident Debby founded the WaCo team this year. Her career path includes book-selling, publishing, and nonprofit administration. She has been active in the arenas of free speech and social justice and is a longtime gardener, environmentalist and recent beekeeper. She currently works as a nonprofit consultant and grant writer and was compelled to begin taking action around climate change when she recognized that the personal moral implications of not making an effort to reduce atmospheric carbon were not acceptable.