Board of Directors and Staff
Board of Directors
Bill Gaffi (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.
John Miller (Vice 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 (Secretary) 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.
John McDonald (Treasurer) is the Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts and also a Director of his local Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.
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.
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.
Chris Mercier is currently serving on the Tribal Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.
Tom Puttman 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.
Liz Redon is Council Coordinator for the North Santiam Watershed Council, a citizen-based, stakeholder created, non-profit organization concerned about healthy rivers and streams as well as human communities in the North Santiam and Santiam River Basin.
Dan Vizzini is a senior analyst at software developer, Thetus Corporation. Dan has also worked for the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and served for nearly 10 years on the Lake Oswego Planning Commission and the Lake Oswego City Council in 2010.
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.
Bobby Cochran Executive Director Cochran@WillamettePartnership.org
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.
Carrie Sanneman Ecosystem Service Project Manager SannemanC@WillamettePartnership.org
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.