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Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

John Miller (President) is the President of Wildwood, Inc., an urban design and development firm. He is also founder and owner of Mahonia Vineyards and Nursery, a grower of Northwest natives, ornamentals and premium wine grapes, using sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

Sara Vickerman (Vice President) is the senior director for biodiversity partnerships for Defenders of Wildlife, and director of the Northwest office. She also serves on the Oregon Sustainability Board, American Forest Foundation Board, advisory committees for the Doris Duke Foundation, Oregon Institute for Natural Resources, and Oregon Solutions. She has successfully promoted conservation incentives and sustainability legislation in Oregon, and several bills that encourage state agencies and local governments to use market-based approaches and payments for ecosystem services.       

Tom Puttman (Secretary) is the former Sustainable Infrastructure Lead at David Evans and Associates.  He was the lead investigator for the EPA-funded City of Portland Stormwater Marketplace Feasibility Evaluation.  From this effort, he co-founded Transformative Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (TSSI), an entrepreneurial spin-off that built the technology platform ProjectDX to increase decentralized investment in energy, water and stormwater projects. 

Dan Vizzini (Treasurer) is a former City Council member from Lake Oswego and a financial and policy analyst for the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. He is the Bureau's project manager for the Stormwater Marketplace.  Current projects include a reform of public works permitting procedures and an investigation into policies governing decentralized, natural wastewater treatment systems. 

Bill Gaffi (Past President) is the General Manager of Clean Water Services, the wastewater management service for the Tualatin River Basin, spanning Washington and parts of Clackamas and Multnomah counties. Under his direction, the agency has built upon its expertise in wastewater and surface water management to become internationally regarded as a leader in watershed management.  Clean Water Services has been recognized as one of America’s most effective and innovative small businesses.

Jane Bacchieri is the Watershed Group Manager for Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. She recently joined the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services as manager for the Watershed Services Group, which is leading the Grey to Green initiative and other watershed management efforts.

Joe Bowersox, is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Dempsey Chair of Environmental Policy at Willamette University.  He is active in Salem politics, deeply involved in the University’s acquisition of Zena Forest, and a small forest landowner.

Brad Gentry is a partner with Working Lands Investment Partners and is Director of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale University. Brad has more than 25 years' experience in private investment and the environment. His professional roles connect capital markets, academia, and conservation organizations. He is an advisor to GE’s office of corporate environmental programs, the Secretariat to the UN Climate Change Convention, the World Bank, the OECD and other public and private organizations.

Jessica Hamilton is the Port of Portland's General Manager for Harbor Environmental. Prior to working for the Port, she practiced environmental law and environmental litigation at Perkins Coie LLP and Ball Janik LLP. Jessica also serves on the board of St Andrew Legal Clinic and is on the Advisory Committee for The Campaign for Equal Justice.

Jim Irvine is the president of The Conifer Group, a multifaceted real estate development company, and an innovator in providing private-sector-financed affordable housing.  He is the past president of the National Association of Home Builders.

Jim Lanzarotta, is a partner for Not-for-Profit/Government Services Group at Moss Adams. He has a breadth of experience on local government and non-profit accounting.  He has served on several national committees for the Government Accounting Standards Board.

Tom Lindley chairs the national Environment, Energy & Resources Practice at the law firm Perkins Coie LLP.  Tom has represented a wide variety of clients in Clean Water Act issues, including basin-wide and combined source permitting and water quality trading, and is the co-author of Oregon’s Sustainability Act of 2001.  Tom is also President of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which focuses its world-wide research on the interface of shore and waters. 

John McDonald is hazelnut farmer and chair of his local Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. John is also Treasurer for the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts and a member of the Executive Board for the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Duncan Wyse is the President of the Oregon Business Council, a non-profit organization consisting of 46 business executives from some of Oregon’s largest companies.

 

STAFF

Bobby Cochran Executive Director 

Bobby specializes in developing collaborative policy tools and approaches at the intersection between economics, technology, and the environment. He’s sometimes accused of wearing rose-colored glasses, but he’s still convinced those are cool. Bobby holds a Ph.D. /M.A from Portland State University.       

cochran@willamettepartnership.org 

(503) 208-3448


Sara O'Brien Director of Strategy and Business Development

Sara is helping the Partnership to refine our business strategy and identify opportunities for future growth, and she also pitches in on ecosystem services program work as needed. She was most recently Director of Conservation Strategies at Defenders of Wildlife. Sara previously worked on projects related to climate change, wildland fire, and desertification at the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia. She holds a BA in anthropology and linguistics from Grinnell College and an MS in natural resource management from the University of Arizona. In her spare time, enjoys relaxing with projects such as managing a farm, building a straw house, and raising a toddler. 

obrien@willamettepartnership.org

(503) 444-7738

 

Lesley Bennett  Director of Finance  

Lesley has worked in the non-profit sector with Oregon League of Conservation Voters and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, among others. She also spent many years working in politics, including a stint on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Aide. Lesley is a native Oregonian, and will brag about that fact at any opportunity. In her spare time she can be found trying to expand her culinary skills, hula hooping, or sharing her beautiful native state with her energetic children. 

bennett@willamettepartnership.org

(503) 841-5466 

 

Musa Jaman Executive Assistant / Office Manager 

Musa handles all general administrative tasks and assists Staff with program development, coordination and management activities in addition to maintaining all Board related interactions and event logistics. She has a science background in Natural Resources Management & Policy with a focus in water resources and conservation planning. Musa holds a B.S. in Geography and Natural Resources Management from Oregon State University and a Certificate in Viticulture from WSU.

jaman@willamettepartnership.org

(503) 946-8350


Carrie Sanneman Ecosystem Service Project Manager 

Carrie is The Partnership’s go-to on market activity - managing updates and improvements to the Ecosystem Credit Accounting System, integrating new metrics, guiding stakeholder groups through the development of market protocols, and working with restoration partners to them into practice. Carrie holds an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School and is excited to incorporate science, integrate stakeholders, and work across boundaries on sophisticated solutions to complex environmental problems. Out of the office, Carrie enjoys having far too many hobbies and then getting away from them all to backpack in Oregon’s beautiful backcountry.

sannemanc@willamettepartnership.org

(503) 894-8426


Nicole Maness  Ecosystem Service Project Manager 

maness@willamettepartnership.org

202-384-8992


Sam Baraso Specialist  

Sam works to support and develop The Partnership's newest metrics, protocols, GIS applications, and non-cash incentives for ecosystem services. Joining The Partnership fresh with a Masters from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, he comes with a background in both ecosystem sciences and finance. He strengthens The Partnership's focus on the intersection between science, policy, and economics. In his spare time, he's learning to become a Portlander, taking on gardening, fly-fishing, and spicy foods.  

baraso@willamettepartnership.org

(503) 946-8646

 

 

 

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