Meet The Team

Staff

Staff | Board | Team Leaders | Past Leaders

Anissa Pemberton

Anissa Pemberton

Justice-based Transition & Equity Organizer

Growing up in rural Illinois, Anissa faced the climate crises at a young age in the pollution from industrial agriculture and manufacturing in their community. In college, they began organizing around fair trade, and grew into their understandings of the intersections of climate disruption, economic inequity, racism, and xenophobia.

Anissa joined 350PDX in 2018 after 2 years of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a disability organization. They are passionate in their work on integrating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) frameworks into all parts of our vital and important work to address the climate. They believe everyone has the potential to be a JEDI in our organizing.

Ashley Weatherspoon

Ashley Weatherspoon

Development Coordinator

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 & Action Organizer

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

Coordinator of Grants and Evaluation

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 interim role. Increasingly Lucy believes that successful collaboration and communication will lead to our liberation from an extractive economy. In her spare time she likes reading about organizational development and communication, cycling with her partner, and looking at recipes.

Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer

Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

Chris recently moved to Portland from the UK, where he ran a Scottish nonprofit, 2050 Climate Group, that empowers millennials to take action on climate change. He also worked as a sustainability advisor to small businesses and ran a tech startup to encourage businesses to fly less. Chris is passionate about bringing worlds together - activists, nonprofits, businesses and especially unengaged people who want change to happen but are not yet empowered to act. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Chuck Coussens

Chuck Coussens

IT Coordinator

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.

Board Members

Staff | Board | Team Leaders | Past Leaders

Adam Brunelle

Adam Brunelle

Board Director

Originally one of 350PDX‘s co-founders, Adam joined the 350PDX Board in June of 2018. He is a community organizer and urban planner who currently works with Green Lents, a grassroots nonprofit in East Portland’s Lents neighborhood. After years working on oppositional campaigns from Pembina, to the Fossil Fuel Export Policy, to Shell No, he now focuses his organizing on solutions-oriented efforts where there is leadership from frontline community members who are most impacted by climate chaos. He has experience organizing and engaging diverse communities on interconnected issues like housing instability, city planning efforts, air quality regulation, transportation improvements, and food access.

Allyse Heartwell

Allyse Heartwell

Interim Board Vice-Chair

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 Director

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 Director

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.

Dan Roth

Dan Roth

Board Director

Dan grew up in Portland and returned home three years ago after living in San Francisco and Seattle for several years. He joined 350PDX in November 2017 after being inspired by the writing and public speaking of Bill McKibben and immediately found a home with the Fossil Fuel Resistance team. Dan worked for many years in strategic planning in the corporate world, and is now enjoying putting that experience to work for 350PDX. He is continually inspired by the passion and the courage of the activists at 350PDX and throughout the climate justice movement.

Deb Lev

Deb Lev

Interim Board Chair

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

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

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.

Leigh Broussard

Leigh Broussard

Board Treasurer

Leigh earned her masters degree in public health before embarking on lifelong career as a CPA. Since moving from Southern California to Portland fifteen years ago, she specialized in Non-Profit accounting. Leigh’s undergraduate degree was from Immaculate Heart Collage where she learned how to be an activist. She has also been a Certified Scuba diver for fifty years and in recent years has volunteered on projects to survey coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Her concerns about climate change have been heightened since her trip last year to the Indian Ocean.

Sandy Polishuk

Sandy Polishuk

Board Director, Asst. Treasurer, Divest/Reinvest Team Co-Coordinator

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

Staff | Board | Team Leaders | Past Leaders

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

NW Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

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.

Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Clackamas County Team Co-Coordinator

In 2007, newly retired Michael Hall, now 69, moved to Portland with spouse Deborah to be near family and enjoy the areas vast cultural and natural treasures. With St. Luke Lutheran in SW Portland, he led efforts to create a church environmental survey, begin a Community Recycling program and install 118 solar panels on the church roof. Now an 18-month widower with 7 awe-some grandkids from 3 sons and their wives, he moved to Milwaukie early this year to downsize, start fresh and be near the heart of Portland‘s just transition movement, it’s great people, challenges and satisfaction. He also enjoys yoga, biking, hiking, snow shoeing.

David Kreisman

David Kreisman

Tech Team Co-Coordinator

David was born and raised in MN and gained his BS in Chemistry at Madison, WI. After working for a few years in medical device research, David spent the following several years raising his two young sons and then changed careers to IT and worked with enterprise software implementations in the electric utility industry for a couple decades. During that time he gained an interest in clean energy and climate change. After moving to Portland, his interest in climate activism increased and he has been actively involved in 350PDX since 2014, setting up and maintaining 350PDX’s database system and listserves and administering and managing IT.

Kahler Martinson

Kahler Martinson

NW Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Kahler was raised and educated in the Midwest, He came to Portland from Maryland in 1973. A career in fish and wildlife included state jobs in Ohio, North Dakota, and Washington, as well as several assignments with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. After retirement his volunteer work has been largely with the Audubon Society of Portland and more recently with 350PDX.

Bonnie McKinley

Bonnie McKinley

350PDX Rep at No LNG Coalition & Power Past Coal/Stand Up to Oil

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.

Rick Brown

Rick Brown

State Legislative Team Co-Coordinator, Past Board Director

After graduating from Reed College in 1971, Rick stayed in Portland, had the privilege of working to conserve forest biodiversity and retired from Defenders of Wildlife in 2010. He has volunteered with 350PDX since the spring of 2013 and has previously served on the Boards of the Portland Audubon Society, Oregon Natural Resources Council (now Oregon Wild) and Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

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.

Emeritus Past Leaders 

Staff | Board | Team Leaders | Past Leaders

Adriana Voss-Andreae

Adriana Voss-Andreae

Past Executive Director

Adriana Voss-Andreae co-founded 350PDX to address the root causes of climate disruption through building movement power from the ground up. As executive director she helped grow 350PDX to its expansion of over 10,000 supporters and a series of major climate action and policy wins. Adriana is co-chief petitioner and serves on the leadership team of the groundbreaking Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF), a successful community of color-led ballot initiative campaign that models a city-level Green New Deal. She is a mother to four children, holds two doctorates, an MD and a PhD in neuroscience, and her background includes work in public health and food justice policy. She sees the current climate crisis as an unprecedented opportunity to reshape our communities and our world through transformation rooted in justice and compassion.

Mia Reback

Mia Reback

Past Staff Organizer & Development Coordinator

Mia is the first 350PDX paid staff. Mia is a 2014 graduate of Reed College, with majors in Envi-ronmental Studies and Economics. Mia has spent 5 years organizing in Portland. She started volunteering with Portland Rising Tide and joined 350PDX as staff in June 2015. Because she views climate change as a problem disproportionately affecting those already disenfranchised by our current system, she is drawn to 350PDX’s analysis that any true solution must therefore be equitable. Mia is constantly inspired by the people she works with and being part of the 350 net-work gives her a lot of hope.

See more about Mia here

Maya Jarrad

Maya Jarrad

Past Staff Community Organizer

Maya majored in environmental economics and led a vibrant student divestment campaign at Reed College before graduating in 2014 and joining 350PDX as a volunteer leading the commu-nications team. Maya joined 350PDX staff as Volunteer Coordinator in November, 2015. In her spare time, you can find Maya riding bikes, working in her garden on permaculture projects, and spending time with her friends.

See more about Maya here

Heather King

Heather King

Board Chair 2019

We thank Heather for all her hard work and commitment to 350PDX and climate justice. We appreciate her continued engagement as an active volunteer on our JEDI Team!

Heather comes to Portland by way of Boston and Philadelphia, a native East Coaster she moved to the area 2 years ago. Whether the on water, in the mountains or at the coast she enjoys spending much of her time on out and about exploring the PNW. Heather was the Development Manager for 350PDX for about 9 months and in mid 2018 joined us as a board member. She dabbled in the for-profit sector as a relationship manager for almost 10 years, but has been a fundraiser for most of her professional career. She is passionate about fundraising for missions she believes in and strives to put the fun back in FUNdraising! Heather holds a MEd in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MBA in Non-Profit Management from Brandeis University in Boston.

Camilo Marquez

Camilo Marquez

Past Just Energy Transition Campaign Co-Coordinator; 350PDX rep w/Jobs with Justice

After completing his BA at Colby College, Camilo pursued his graduate studies in economics at the City University of New York. He then received his MD from Howard University, completed his residency in psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital New York, NY, where he served as Chief Resident followed by a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY. He has had a life-long clinical career mostly in Public Sector facilities in NYC, as well as in Private Practice in Upstate, NY. He recently retired after working about 5 years in fos-ter care agencies and moved to Portland in 2011. He has served as co-chairperson of the Health Care Committee of Jobs with Justice for two years, volunteered with Health Care for All Oregon 2012 - 2016 and joined 350PDX’s leadership in 2017. His interests include woodworking, furni-ture making, gardening, hiking, biking and environmental conservation.

Katy Kolker

Katy Kolker

Past Interim Executive Director

Katy Kolker is a non-profit professional who is best known for her work as the founder and Executive Director of Portland Fruit Tree Project, where she served for 10 years and earned numerous awards for her leadership. She is now full-time mother of her 3-year-old daughter and infant son. Katy grew up in Baltimore, and has lived in Portland since 2002. She has a life-long passion and commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability, and has admired the work of 350PDX since its inception. She joined the board in April 2017.

Nicole Metildi

Nicole Metildi

Past Staff Community Organizer

Nicole loves the English language, contemplating how people connect with one another, and finds the relationship between capitalism and climate change fascinating (albeit disturbing). After working in corporate America for almost five years, Nicole quit her job to dedicate more of her time to the climate justice movement. Through empowering others and helping them think critically about climate change and how it impacts communities most vulnerable to environmental degradation, she believes we can work together to achieve climate justice for everyone. In September 2018 Nicole left 350PDX to pursue a Masters program in Rhetoric and Composition.

Lenny Dee

Lenny Dee

Co-Founder and Past Just Transition Team Lead

Lenny Dee is a founder of 350PDX. He led the partner engagement effort of the Portland Clean Energy Fund which garnered over two hundred endorsements from community organizations, businesses, and faith leaders. Lenny continues to work on implementation of PCEF. He also is part of the all volunteer team at Onward Oregon, sending out information alerts on state and local issues to 30,000 Oregonians.

Jess Lundie

Jess Lundie

Past IT Coordinator
Deva

Deva

Past Tech Team Co-Coordinator

A lifelong practitioner and teacher of Eastern philosophies & spiritual practices, Deva worked with Portland Indymedia starting in 2000 in order to counter the false narrative of corporate media following the WTO protests in Seattle and helped run the group as a highly successful independent media outlet until 2008. He then ran an urban based organic farm for 5 years. As tech wizard extraordinaire, Deva built & helps maintain 350PDX’s website to create a highly engaging activist-user experience as well as providing ongoing mentorship and trainings for 350PDX interns, fellows and volunteers on tech-related work. Deva is also a photographer and manages 350PDX’s powerful online image gallery.

David Kennedy

David Kennedy

Past Divestment PERS Co-Coordinator

David teaches high school science and math with Portland Public Schools, and believes in the importance of cultivating STEM literacy in our society. He started volunteering with 350PDX within a month of moving to Portland, and loves being part of a community of people who are passionate about effecting positive changes in our world. David strives
to keep the intersectionality of climate issues at the forefront of his climate work. He is currently working on a campaign to divest the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement System from fossil fuels.

 Julio Forges

Julio Forges

Past Community Solutions Fellow

As an Agronomist and Specialist in natural resources and environment management, Julio has ten years of experience working with vulnerable families in rural Haiti. In his current role, Julio supervises and evaluates project activities with new technologies and also promotes the scope of the project for community ownership. During his fellowship in the U.S., Julio hopes to learn about engaging young people to act on environmental problems as well as community organizing around these issues. Upon his return to Haiti, Julio will work with youth to implement four tree nurseries in the community.

Simran Kadam

Simran Kadam

Past Community & Campaign Organizing Intern

About to start her senior year of high school, Simran is working with 350PDX in hopes of achieving a sustainable future for the generations to come. Having been in love with nature since she was young, Simran’s passion towards combating climate change drives her in all aspects of life, and she hopes to encourage others to join the movement. In addition to being involved in student government, Simran is the founder and president of her high school’s Students for Change club, a group committed to bettering their local community through awareness and policy change. Simran plans on incorporating climate justice into her career and intends to major in environmental science once in college.

Erica Stock

Erica Stock

Past Deputy Director

As a lifelong activist, mother, and outdoorswoman, Erica is passionate about helping nonprofits and community groups effectively organize to protect their air, water, native species, and land from exploitation. She brings 15+ years of experience as a grassroots organizer, fundraiser, policy analyst, and operations geek to her role at 350PDX. After returning to Oregon two years ago - Erica served as State Director of Sierra Club’s Oregon Chapter, where she focused on attracting new local funders and helped build a team of talented organizers and volunteers to strengthen the club’s local climate and fossil fuels resistance campaigns and transition to a more justice and equity centered organization. In Colorado, Erica served as Outreach Director of Colorado Trout Unlimited, coordinating the grassroots power of 10,000 members and 23 locally-based chapters to protect the state’s public lands and rivers; she served Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s administration supporting the implementation of the state’s pioneering Climate Action Plan and transition to a clean energy economy. Born and raised in Michigan, Erica spent the majority of her time in and on the water, combing the Great Lakes for Petoskey stones. In her free time she enjoys trail running, hiking, and paddling her way throughout the wild and scenic Pacific Northwest with her family. She holds degrees in Social Psychology and Biology from Mount Holyoke College with training in salmon ecology and community organizing.

Lluvia Merello

Lluvia Merello

Past Portland Just Energy Transition Collaborative Organizer

Lluvia worked at NAYA (The Native American Youth and Family Center) for over 3 years as a social worker, working with Native Foster Youth and Native Families with young children and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Oregon State Child Foster Care Advisory Commission. She is a graduate of NAYA’s LEAD cohort and has an extensive history in community organizing, including in Texas and New Orleans, and dating back to her youth in Eugene, OR. Her passions for organizing are social justice, prison reform, foster youth, education and ending the school to prison pipeline, culturally specific services/opportunities and more. In addition she is in the process of starting two small businesses: Indigenous Come Up, a venture were Native foster youth create art, crafts and jewelry to be sold at different Powwows, local markets and vending opportunities; New Orleans and Family will be a food truck business (New Orleans style Red Beans and Rice) and hopes for it to become a model for creating self-employment opportunity for those exiting the correctional system. Lluvia is excited about working, learning, growing and mobilizing as Community Organizer with the Collaborative and as part of the 350PDX family!

Mirabai Peart

Mirabai Peart

Past Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Mirabai is a musician, violin teacher, keen gardener, yoga practitioner and cyclist. She has travelled and performed music widely and has fallen in love with the PNW since moving to Portland from Australia in late 2013.

Mirabai is relatively new to climate activism, but since diving into it last year is amazed at how enlivening it is. She is increasingly fascinated by how the climate movement encapsulates not just environmentalism but manifold forms of social and economic justice. She sees her involvement with 350PDX as a vital and natural expression of her love for the world.

Mukta Acter

Mukta Acter

Past Community Solutions Fellow

As the Executive Secretary for Bangladesh Water Partnership, Mukta Akter helps to develop awareness raising and capacity building programs related to Water, Climate Change, Environment and WASH to strengthen capacity of women and youth at the community level to enable them in reducing climate change impact and ensuring water and food security. She is also engaged in implementing gender mainstreaming programs on water and climate issues at grass root level.

Upon returning from the community Solutions Program, Ms. Akter plans to develop and implement a project in improving access to water supply of the coastal communities, especially those of women and youth to bring a qualitative change in their lifestyle.

Emma Rosen

Emma Rosen

Past Web and Data Intern

Emma is a sophomore in the University of Oregon Honors College studying computer science. Although she was raised an environmentalist, Emma’s passion for activism grew during her freshman year of college when she participated in Divest UO and was a founding member of the LGBTQIA+ Student Right’s Advocacy group, a group dedicated to increasing gender inclusivity within U of O housing. Through these experiences Emma became empowered to the change she could make in her community. This led to her apply for an internship with 350PDX where she works with a group of amazing and inspiring activists to support climate justice in the Pacific Northwest.

Sarah Klain

Sarah Klain

Past SE Neighborhood Team Co-Coordinator

Sarah Klain grew up in a house that her parents built, which had no other heating than a woodstove. She fell in love with Oregon’s geography during college, worked at Ecotrust, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, then attended the University of British Columbia. After finishing her dissertation on risk perception and conflict over renewable energy infrastructure, she became a Post Doctoral Researcher at OSU. Her choice to co-facilitate 350PDX SE team meetings stems from wanting to help organize and inspire a team to address climate change. Sarah enjoys trail running, rock climbing and dabbling at urban homesteading.

Bob Kaminski

Bob Kaminski

Past Arts Team Co-Coordinator

Bob moved to Portland from Eugene in 2014. Bob and his wife, Judy, have lived in various plac-es throughout the Northwest and Southwest. He is an educator with experience as a teacher and administrator. He also loves to make art, pageants and puppets. The world citizenship bug bit him at San Francisco State University in 1974 and he’s been part of many swarms defending the environment through art and performance. Delivering a solar energy puppet play in the shadow of San Onofre nuclear power plant with Judy was as a singular moment. He enjoys collaborating with others to produce a message that can be seen, heard and felt from afar “We have solutions! Join us! Resist! Build! Rise!”

Kelly Jensvold

Kelly Jensvold

Past Communications Co-Coordinator

Kelly was born and raised in the Portland area. She is a freelance animator. She graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Digital Arts. Kelly began her involvement with 350 PDX by creating an informative animation about the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline in early 2018. She plans on continuing to use her animation skills to educate the public on social and environmental justice topics. She is also interested in biodegradable and non-fossil fuel derived plastics.

Rachel Levelle

Rachel Levelle

Past Summer Staff Organizer

Rachel returned to 350PDX as a staff member after an internship last summer. They are a student at Seattle University, where they are pursuing a double degree in Biology and Public Affairs. During the school year they organize with their school’s fossil fuel divestment campaign and are working to build the student-led Gender Justice Center. They appreciate 350PDX’s dedication to building people power, finding real solutions, and constant growth and reflection. Deeply committed to organizing along the intersections of racial, economic, and environmental justice, Rachel views transformative relationships between people and organizations as the only way to achieve real change.

© 2019 350PDX.ORG ALL RIGHTS RESERVED