Meet The Team

Staff

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Jana Hughes

Jana Hughes

Finance & Operations Manager - she/her

Growing up shuttled between San Francisco and Dallas, TX; Jana hitchhiked to Portland in 1992 and, like 5 generations of resilient women before her, has called Oregon home ever since.

Her early experiences with houselessness and intermittent poverty led to her focus on income inequality and the systemic damage that corporate capitalism inflicts on those outside the quest for shareholder profit. Her administrative management experience stems from one simple fact; 9-5 office jobs were the only option that overlapped with her need for childcare for her daughter.

Over the last 20+ years she has launched a local newspaper, earned degrees in Economics and History, helped found a non profit, and, during the housing crisis, saved hundreds of homeowners from foreclosure with ACORN Housing.

Jana sees the climate emergency as the last best chance for humanity to demand an end to extractive corporate capitalism and embrace holistic systems that honor the legitimacy of all people, regardless of their generational privilege.

As Finance & Operations Manager, Jana is responsible for ensuring that 350PDX’s resources are deployed in effective, accountable, and sustainable ways.

When not balancing accounts, Jana can be found scouring the Oregon wilderness for pretty rocks, seeking conversations that highlight the commonalities between seemingly opposing social ideologies, or dancing off steam to 90’s hip-hop.

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.

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 and forever change the forests she loved. 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 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.