Meet The Team

Staff

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Ashley Weatherspoon

Ashley Weatherspoon

Development Manager - she/her

A native Californian, Ashley moved to Portland in the summer of 2018. While she has a background working in film production, she has spent the last few years working in non-profit management and has found a strong passion for sustainability and environmental protection. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California and loves to travel so she can see the beautiful landscapes the Earth has to offer.

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.

Lucy Kennedy-Wong

Lucy Kennedy-Wong

Grants & Organizational Planning Manager - she/her

Lucy wants to make everyone an activist. The deep connection between climate change and poverty, especially in communities of color, led her into climate activism. Beginning in its early days, she volunteered in many capacities across different teams within 350PDX and is happy to deepen her involvement through this staff role. Lucy believes only large scale systems change can lead to our collective liberation. In her spare time she likes reading about organizational development, cycling with her partner, and looking at recipes.

As the Grants Manager, Lucy writes and manages our grants, tracking our deadlines, grant spending, and goals. She also bottom lines strategic planning and program evaluation, helping create a clear picture of how our various campaigns will work together towards a common goal and how we will get there. As a member of our JEDI Committee, she creates and updates internal policies and processes to produce equitable outcomes and serve those impacted first and worst by climate chaos. In addition, she helps oversee our organizational finances and transition to a collective structure.

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.

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.

Deb Lev

Deb Lev

Board Director - she/her

Deborah Lev worked in natural resources management for more than 30 years and holds an MS degree in Forest Ecology. She is now active with 350PDX and was recently trained as climate leader by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. She has been helping the organization clarify its governance policies and works to support team leadership. She previously served on boards of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Intertwine Alliance.

Jamie Pang

Jamie Pang

Board Director - she/her

Originally from California, 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 Staff Counsel at the Protect Our Communities Foundation—supporting POC’s legal and policy advocacy and campaign work in energy regulation. She currently fights consumer rate spikes and dirty fossil fuel development in Southern California. Prior to joining POC, Ms. Pang was an endangered species policy specialist and campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity, in Washington D.C. In D.C., she advocated for imperiled wildlife and defended the Endangered Species Act and other federal environmental laws, and fought against regulatory overhauls, attacks on civil justice, and corruption. She was also part of the organization’s Diversity Committee, dedicated to increasing diversity in the organization and the wildlife and environmental sector.

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.

Sandy Polishuk

Sandy Polishuk

Board Director, Defund/Divest Team Co-Coordinator - she/her

Sandy Polishuk has been a social justice activist since the 1960‘s working primarily for peace, women’s rights, unions, progressive media and most recently climate change. She is an oral historian specializing in radical women. She also serves on the board of Heart of America NW.

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.”

Rich Peppers

Rich Peppers

NE Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Rich retired from working in the labor movement in 2015 and made one of his retirement goals to help fight climate change, along with returning to more frequent hiking, backpacking, playing soccer, travel, and more - preferably all while spending time with family and friends. Fairly soon after retiring he found his way to 350PDX, and in particular the NE Neighborhood Team, where he has been focusing his time and energy on helping in the legislative campaigns, engaging with Oregon‘s new Community Solar Program’s development, and jumping in as an all-purpose vol-unteer where possible. With a background of fighting for worker rights and economic justice throughout his years in the labor movement, he joins others in 350 and elsewhere in striving to follow Just Transition principles as we change to a cleaner, greener economy.

Eileen Fromer

Eileen Fromer

SW Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Eileen is a native of Portland: her grandparents arrived here in 1905. She became an activist in the 60’s protesting the Vietnam War and then became involved in the feminist movement. She currently work as a Realtor although her passion and engagement is all about saving the biodiversity of our planet, keeping fossil fuels in the ground and supporting the growth and adoption of sustainable energy sources.

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 and NW Neighborhood Team 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. She is now working with the NW Team and Divest/Reinvest Projects.

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.

Bonnie McKinlay

Bonnie McKinlay

350PDX Rep at No LNG Coalition

Bonnie is a retired public school teacher who keeps trying to think up a sure-fire way to convince people that we must unite and act on climate disruption now. She works with several climate-focused groups and is a fossil fuel action lead and liaison for 350PDX.

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.

Susan Monson

Susan Monson

350PDX Co-Representative at Climate Action Coalition

Susan is a retired teacher and Oregon native. She loves reading, nature, whistle blowers, and the underdog, and is a long time advocate for social and environmental issues. This is what brought her to her first 350PDX meeting in the fall of 2013, where she has continued to enjoy meeting and working with such talented and interesting people devoted to the work of climate and social justice. Claiming it to be the antidote for world weariness that sometimes can be overwhelming, she recommends it as the best therapy ever.

Elizabeth Milner

Elizabeth Milner

SE Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Elizabeth is a native Montanan and 15 year Oregonian with an intense love of nature and a lifelong interest in people. Since finishing her master‘s degree in urban and regional planning in 2010, Elizabeth has dedicated her time to raising two young daughters and getting involved in her community. She joined the 350PDX SE neighborhood team after watching the accelerating climate crisis go largely unnoticed and ignored in politics, the media and her civic life. She is inspired by the climate justice movement’s incredible opportunities to create better jobs, healthier communities and brighter futures for all of our children.

Clyde Wolf

Clyde Wolf

Washington County Team Co-Coordinator

Clyde runs a recycling company with seven employees and has two children and two grandchil-dren. Raised on a small farm in Western Montana, Clyde graduated from Montana State in engineering and cconstruction technology before working for 21 years in Facility Management, warehousing, and computer automation with national and regional phone companies, picking up an Executive MBA along the way. His interest and related research has been electrical energy, transportation, energy trends, and related government regulation. He views his 350PDX Wash Co team leadership role as temporary in nature as its his goal to move younger people into core leadership roles.

Rick Rappaport

Rick Rappaport

350PDX Co-Representative at Climate Action Coalition

Rick spent 7 years practicing law wedged in between newspaper and freelance work. He had a 45 year career as a photographer of people and won several prestigious national and international awards for his work. Rick is passionate about his work in the climate movement because “My bones ache when I encounter injustice, cruelty, oppression or apathy. Every living thing on this planet deserves a champion and I’ve learned from other champions how to publicly speak and write, as well as contribute with my professional photography skill set. Onward through the fog!”

Mark McLeod

Mark McLeod

SE Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Mark taught politics in the College of Professional Studies, University of San Francisco and owned/operated three great SF Bay Area restaurants. He is now working with California and Oregon nonprofits focused on proactive responses to the challenges of climate change. Mark has lived in SE Portland since July 2014.

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.