Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership Executive Director, is the organization’s chief strategist. Cochran is known for his ability to bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental problems. He currently leads our work on health equity and the outdoors and moving Willamette Partnership’s core strategies forward. Under his leadership, Willamette Partnership is applying conservation solutions to advance three core strategies: green infrastructure, working lands conservation, and resilient communities in throughout the West with a focus in the Pacific Northwest. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader living in Portland, Oregon, Cochran is learning ways to address health equity in communities.
Prior to joining Willamette Partnership, Bobby Cochran worked on community-based conservation solutions with rural communities in Northern California and China. He also works on green infrastructure solutions with wastewater facilities in the Pacific Northwest. He received a Ph.D./M.A. in Urban Studies/Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, and his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. He has a B.A. in Biology and Society with a French Studies minor from Cornell University. In addition to serving as Willamette Partnership Executive Director, Cochran teaches green economics as an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. When he’s not working or teaching, he enjoys spending time in the mountains with his two daughters and wife and attempting trying to grow spicy chilies during Oregon’s summers.
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