We are a collaborative team working to help people and nature thrive together. Our team – and our partnerships – draw their strength from the diverse experiences, strengths, and interests we each bring to the table.

Sara O’Brien
Partner | Executive Director

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown
Partner | Community & Water

Lynny Brown
Partner | Healthy Environments

Emily Irish
Partner | Strategic Communications

Erin Legg
Partner | Finance & Operations

Nicole Maness
Partner | Climate, Habitat, & Working Lands

Emerson Ringger
Partner | Community Water Solutions

Barton Robison

Barton Robison
Partner | Program Development

Kristiana Teige Witherill
Partner | Collaborative Systems

Board of Directors

Our board is made up of mixed interests, representing the perspectives needed to make collaborative approaches to conservation work at scale.

Teresa Jacobs
Board President | Port of Portland

Michael Karnosh

Michael Karnosh
Board Vice President | Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Dan Vizzini
Board Secretary | Oregon Health and Science University, Center for Evidence-based Policy

Mark Buckley
Board Treasurer | ECONorthwest

Michael Jordan
Board Past President, City of Portland

Sam Baraso
Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund

John Dunbar
Dunbar Law LLC

Mike Freese
Partner at The Romain Group

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis
CEO of Clean Water Services

We’re working with annual sponsors to cultivate a space for emerging leaders and advance our sector’s workforce. Learn more about our fellowship program!