Our water, climate, and energy challenges are urgent.
That’s why we bring together partners across all sectors of society to co-create entrepreneurial solutions that address climate challenges by restoring freshwater ecosystems and catalyzing a renewable energy future for all.
Whether you are just beginning your sustainability journey, or pushing for bigger, bolder climate goals across the globe, we can accelerate positive, more equitable and more inclusive impact.
Our Core Values
As a Senior Program Manager in the Watersheds Program, Ryan supports the Washington State integrated floodplain management program Floodplains by Design and watershed restoration fundraising and partnerships in Oregon. He leads diversity, equity and justice strategic planning and action associated with Floodplains by Design and forest health initiatives in Oregon.
Ryan has worked on watershed restoration, landscape and community resiliency for over 20 years throughout Washington state. His work has often focussed on building new, boundary spanning partnerships and leading collective action for successful environmental and community outcomes.
Area of Focus:Floodplains by Design and Watersheds
Fun Fact:When Ryan is not working he enjoys outdoor adventures with his family and he is often found searching central Washington with a camera trying to capture images of the shrub steppe. He also enjoys volunteering to support the educational community in Yakima, WA.
Hannah works at the intersections of trauma, houselessness and the environment. They develop relationships with grassroots community partners to meet critical community needs around environmental justice, homelessness and hygiene access. Hannah supports partnerships with watershed councils and conservation organizations in tree planting and riparian restoration projects. They also develop Trauma Informed Care training for natural resource professionals to reduce traumatization in the field.
Hannah came to BEF last year after graduating with a degree in Environmental Policy from Pitzer College.
Area of Focus:Trauma and the Environment, Homelessness, Watershed Restoration
Fun Fact: Outside of work, Hannah loves and is inspired by spending time outdoors, skiing, reading science fiction and envisioning future worlds.
As a member of the BEF FinOps team, Amanda’s work supports program and organization-wide efforts that include ERP system management, contracting, business processes and compliance.
Honed in nearly two decades of varied professional experience—from co-directing a small nonprofit to managing a cross-functional data resolutions team—Amanda applies her ability to transition between strategy, implementation, and practice when responding to and anticipating the dynamic operational needs of the organization.
Amanda’s greatest professional joy is working with staff to clear roadblocks and create clarity, while maintaining quality and preparing for future needs.
Area of Focus:Business process, systems, and compliance
Fun Fact:Amanda's greatest personal joy is making others laugh.
Tomas joined the Renewables team at BEF in 2020. He has honed his skills in business development, grant writing, project planning and management, financial analysis, business operations and policy. He manages the Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation (ZEVI) grant program and he assists schools, communities and utilities with solar project development and implementation.
Prior to joining BEF, Tomas spent twenty years in the private sector developing renewable energy projects with start-up companies and with engineering firms. He has worked across different technologies, including biofuels, biogas, woody biomass and solar. Most recently he worked as an independent solar developer for community solar projects in Southern Oregon.
Area of Focus:Solar Schools, Community Solar and Transportation Electrification
Fun Fact:Outside of work, Tomas enjoys spending time with his wife and two children--gardening, biking and traveling throughout the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Kathleen “Kas” Guillozet
Kas supports PNW-centered collaboration, fundraising, and monitoring in service to watershed partners. She co-leads the Washington State Floodplains by Design initiative NGO backbone, and manages a dynamic team who build bridges and serve communities through: Collaborative Grow streamlined native plant procurement, knowledge sharing on climate adaptation, Promise the Pod and tree funding, Human Nature, and various Willamette Basin partnerships.
Kas holds a PhD in Forest Social Science from Oregon State University and a BS in Biology from the Evergreen State College. She has worked in collaborative planning, ecological restoration, and socio-ecological research for 25+ years.
Area of Focus:Watersheds
Fun Fact:Some of Kas' favorite things include nature poetry, shortbread, talking to strangers, sitting around fires.
Aisha joined the Business for Water Stewardship team in 2021. Her passion for community development and sustainability comes from a background in advocacy and public policy work in Hawai’i, California and Nevada. She manages partnerships with nonprofits and on-the-ground stakeholders and seeks to understand community needs, through the lens of equity, to achieve strategic outcomes.
Prior to joining BEF, Aisha spent fifteen years as a program manager spanning work with large research institutions and start-up nonprofits. She has worked on managing programs across statewide and national sectors.
Area of Focus:Program Impact, community needs assessment, tribal, philanthropic & nonprofit partnerships
Fun Fact:Water stewardship is a way of life. Aisha enjoys permaculture and has lived and worked on small farms. She spends her time enjoying the mountains and the sea, being the best aunty for four littles, and trying to learn about native plants wherever she goes.
Sara has been with BEF for over 5 years and currently holds the position of Director of Business for Water Stewardship. In this role she oversees the strategic approach and implementation of the program, engages and maintains corporate partnerships, and helps guide the investment in conservation partners. She’s focused on growth opportunities for the program that continue to drive support for partners and the on-the-ground impact and expand the environmental water stewardship field with an eye on equity and diverse perspectives.
After graduating with an M.B.A. in sustainable business practices, Sara launched her career in sustainability working for a nonprofit in the sports industry.
Area of Focus:Corporate, philanthropic & nonprofit partnerships
Fun Fact:Once found on long runs and hikes in nature, Sara spends her time these days walking in the forest much more slowly, and quite distractedly, with two small boys and her partner.
Raphaela joined BEF in 2019 and leads the development and implementation of community-scale solar projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. She partners with tribes, affordable housing providers, utilities, businesses, nonprofits, school districts, and local governments to bring projects to life. She provides financial, technical, grant writing, and project development support.
Prior to working at BEF, Raphaela worked to get climate champions elected to the Oregon legislature, worked on statewide air quality policy development, and has experience in environmental education and atmospheric chemistry research.
Area of Focus:Low-income, tribal, and community solar project development
Fun Fact:Raphaela hails from the east coast but fell in love with the west; in her free time she can be found skiing, climbing, mountain biking, running, or finding other ways to play in the mountains.
Rosemary joined the CE team at BEF in 2021 to focus on energy curriculum, educator resources, and teacher training. She works with educators nationwide to implement programs which meet the needs of local communities and classrooms through professional development.
Rosemary is a former science educator with two decades of classroom experience at the K-12 and college levels, specializing in place-based and interdisciplinary science. She has also served as a school administrator, curriculum specialist, and volleyball coach.
Focus Area:Energy Curriculum Development and Teacher Training, STEM Education and Educator
Fun Fact:A Southern California native, Rosemary spends her free time gardening, cooking vegan meals with her family, and walking their rescue dog by the beach.
Chaun joined BEF in 2014 and oversees CE – Clean Energy. Bright Futures. program impact nationally. She offers innovation and creative thinking to scale CE’s efforts to advance an equitable clean energy, low-carbon future.
Chaun brings a technical natural resource background and over 25 years of experience designing and managing environmental education programs, stakeholder engagement, coalition building and startup of social and environmental impact initiatives stateside and abroad. (Peace Corps Volunteer, Nepal 1997-1999).
Area of Focus:Equitable Clean Energy Education, Strategic Partnership Development, Program Impact & Communications
Fun Fact:If she’s not in the woods or garden, Chaun is reading (and slowly writing) sci fi/speculative fiction where she can experience and hopefully create new worlds of possibility.
Scott develops conservation partnerships that improve water stewardship. He offers technical and strategic oversight to ensure that these partnerships are effective and aligned with the funding partners’ goals.
Prior to joining BEF, Scott spent more than two decades working on river restoration throughout the Pacific Northwest. At the Deschutes River Conservancy, he established some of the nation’s first streamflow restoration projects and built a host of collaborative conservation partnerships with cities and irrigators. He later managed regional efforts to restore streamflow throughout the Columbia and Klamath River Basins.
Area of Focus:Corporate Water Stewardship, Watershed Restoration
Fun Fact:When he’s not working, Scott is either recreating on the region’s rivers—or the snowpack that sustains them. He is based in Bend, Ore., and enjoys skiing, fishing, camping and boating with his family.
Parker joined BEF in 2015 and manages the CE program and its delivery team, providing strategic direction to its dynamic managers. He works daily with national partners in industry and educational spaces to develop two-way relationships between these spaces that encourage equity-driven energy education that leverages local resources and challenges.
Parker brings over a decade of experience working in varying educational environments, from being a high school classroom teacher to working in dual-diagnosis residential treatment for adolescents. He has also worked and volunteered in watershed restoration, a focus in his own education.
Area of Focus:Place-based Energy Education, Teacher Leadership Development, Education and Industry Partnerships, Program Design and Evaluation
Fun Fact:Born in Oklahoma, Parker celebrates the PNW whenever possible, whether it is running through favorite Portland neighborhoods and trails, fishing regional rivers, or investing time into its rich music history.
Katie is a Certified Public Accountant who joined BEF in 2014. She manages all aspects of accounting for BEF including the general ledger system, preparing monthly financial statements, coordinating the budget process and executing the year end audit.
Prior to joining BEF, Katie worked for over ten years in auditing and governmental accounting focused on non-profit entities. Her expertise includes fund management and reporting, auditing, grant management and budget development.
Area of Focus:Finance and accounting
Fun Fact:Outside of work, Katie can be found enjoying the sun while traveling or at the ballpark with her husband and three children.
Felicia joined BEF in 2008. She leads the Finance and Operations team, oversees the CE – Clean Energy. Bright Futures program, engages the Finance Committee and Board of Directors on high level financial matters, and manages BEF’s business operations. She thrives on developing and advancing solid foundations and systems for business sustainability and growth.
Fueled by variety, she has over 20 years of experience in providing senior level leadership in a wide range of functional areas including accounting/finance, IT, human resources, legal services and contract management, product line development, supply chain management, customer service, and data processing. A huge proponent of education, Felicia holds an AA in Accounting, BA in Business Administrative Leadership, JD in Law, and a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Administration.
Area of Focus:Finance & Business Operations
Fun Fact:When she isn't working, Felicia enjoys playing tennis, reading, camping, exploring natural and wild areas, and hanging out with her two Labrador Retrievers, Eva and Ponte.
Evan has been with BEF since 2014 and leads the organization’s work on renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency, and electrification. He brings deep renewable energy experience and has consulted with hundreds of communities, businesses, governments, and utilities to provide technical, financial, development, and management expertise on projects across the country.
His work at BEF includes pioneering the region’s first low-income benefitting community solar project, supporting dozens of low-impact hydro projects, engaging on multiple levels of energy policy, founding the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance, commissioning cost/benefit studies on vehicle electrification, delivering the first hydrogen fueling station in the Pacific Northwest, and leveraging over $30m in funding to support such projects.
Area of Focus:Community Solar, electric vehicles, renewable hydrogen
Fun Fact:Evan is the proud father of two and when not playing with Legos or Play Doh enjoys sports and the outdoors.
Todd is CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and has been with BEF for over 20 years. During this time he helped BEF create numerous first-of-a kind programs that rely on the power of partnership and collective impact to solve pressing energy, water, and climate challenges.
Todd’s career has been built upon a vision of leveraging diverse perspectives to harness untapped potential for positive and lasting water, climate, and energy solutions. His work has included partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, universities, tribes and NGOs to build and support programs and projects that maintain healthy water resources, advance the clean energy movement, and enlist corporations and communities as core leaders in social and environmental solutions. Todd is Co-Founder of BEF’s Business for Water Stewardship (BWS), Change the Course (CtC), and Water Restoration Certificate (WRC) programs.
Area of Focus:Executive Leadership, Corporate Water Stewardship, Renewable Energy, Watershed Restoration
Fun Fact:Todd lives for outdoor adventures with his family. He spends every free minute away from BEF planning trips (many imagined, some real) into the mountains, rivers, and lakes of the West.
Heather focuses on developing relationships with all types of entities, including corporations, small businesses, universities, and nonprofits to help them understand their impacts in carbon, water and energy.
Heather comes to BEF with a diverse background in sustainability, outreach, marketing and sales. Previously, she was the Portland Regional Manager of the ReDirect Guide, a local green directory, and has served on the boards of Green Drinks PDX and VOIS (Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability). She has also been a professional singer, dancer, public speaker and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. As a Portland native, Heather enjoys the Pacific NW for its many outdoor offerings and an abundance of fantastic food!
Area of Focus:Corporate, philanthropic, & nonprofit partnerships
Fun Fact:Heather is a musician in her spare time and is the lead singer and back up guitar/ukulele player in a local Portland band called Hushfire.
Kayla joined BEF in 2021 as a part time technician. She supports the work of the Treeline program through newsletter generation and engagement with project partners.
In addition to her work with BEF, Kayla works as a steward of conservation lands in the San Juan Islands where she works to enhance and restore forests, grasslands and riparian habitat while also providing opportunities for public interaction with the landscape. Kayla is especially interested in the intersection of thriving, functional ecosystems and the communities they support.
Area of Focus:Watersheds
Fun Fact:In her off time, Kayla enjoys soaking in the beauty of the Cascade mountains on foot and kayaking in the Salish Sea with friends and family.
Hilary joined BEF in 2022. She is a champion for resilient nonprofit practices that amplify mission impact. Hilary’s role encompasses guiding staff development, program execution and strategic planning. Additionally, Hilary focuses on assuring effective internal communications and development and measurement of performance metrics across the organization.
Hilary believes that the mission of an organization must start with how it treats its staff, and she brings this framework to shaping organizational culture. Hilary has over a decade of leadership experience, with many of those years committed to nonprofit leadership and impact. Noting that personal experiences are key drivers of mission-based, professional work, Hilary seeks to amplify organizational and community impact through a recognition of people as individuals.
Area of Focus:Culture, Strategy & Communications
Fun Fact:Hilary is a committed life-long learner and when she isn’t at work you can find her reading, listening to podcasts and involved in discussions that help her to make sense of the world.
Harold joined BEF in 2021. He’s part of the Arizona Business for Water Stewardship team, engaging businesses in water security to ensure continued economic and ecological vitality in the State. In this role he raises the voices and concerns of ranchers, growers, developers, small businesses, and industry leaders.
Prior to joining BEF Harold worked in the US and internationally on climate adaptation planning, watershed restoration, integrating water resources management and land use planning, and community building. Harold is particularly interested in connecting people with nature and each other to find common ground and solutions.
Area of Focus:Business Engagement and Sustainability
Fun Fact:Outside of work Harold enjoys Arizona sunsets and stargazing with family and friends. He’s based in Tucson, Arizona where he climbs the Lemmon and hikes to the many springs and waterfalls in the Santa Cruz Watershed.
As the Senior Watersheds Program Manager, Allan supports an integrated floodplain management network and other region-wide watershed restoration fundraising programs and partnerships. He cultivates relationships with a geographically diverse array of floodplain practitioners and co-managers including tribal nations, agencies, nonprofits, and other partners in Washington state.
Allan joined BEF with over 15-years of experience in communications, fund development, and executive leadership in the environmental field. Allan has successfully written and managed over $20 million in grants to support farmland conservation, green stormwater infrastructure, salmon habitat restoration, and urban food access initiatives.
Area of Focus:Floodplains by Design
Fun Fact:In his personal time, Allan can be found skiing, rafting rivers, or retreating to his remote cabin in Alaska with his wife and two young children.
Since joining BEF in 2008, Robert has collaborated directly with a diverse range of public and private institutions that support watershed restoration efforts as well as with the organizations that work with their communities to advance restoration goals. Robert is particularly interested in helping develop the capacity of local initiatives to ensure they are strategically focused, that partners are able to track progress over time, and that the work is sustainable over the time scales needed to achieve success.
Calling on his own experience as a restoration practitioner, Robert is able to understand the opportunities and challenges that partners face and collaborate with them to explore and test solutions.
Area of Focus:Watershed stewardship planning and implementation
Fun Fact:Robert steps into nature to personally connect with the environment, usually carrying a camera and sometimes a fly rod.
Rebekah provides administrative support to all BEF staff, which includes a wide range of operations work, coordinating BEF’s Safety Committee, and maintaining governance and compliance documentation.
Prior to BEF, Rebekah worked for a private timber investment management organization as the executive assistant to the CEO, where she collaborated with all levels of the organization and managed board and committee governance and all-staff communications.
Area of Focus:Operational support and administration
Fun Fact:Rebekah steps into nature by walking with her family and friends in the beautiful nature parks surrounding the Portland area.
As a project manager for BEF since 2015, Jean-Paul develops and implements innovative and large-scale ecological restoration projects for small local non-profits. He brings technical expertise, on-the-ground experience, and a socio-ecological lens to environmental problems. Jean-Paul takes pride in supporting community-based organizations carry out their conservation work.
Jean-Paul has worked in the environmental field since 2005, primarily as a project manager throughout western Oregon but also internationally as a research tech in the jungles of Trinidad and as a Fulbright Scholar in southern Chile and Argentina.
Area of Focus:Watershed Restoration and Enhancement
Fun Fact:Jean-Paul regularly enjoys the bounty the Willamette River basin has to offer whether through a serene paddle or foraging ingredients for the next wild-crafted meal.
Board of Directors
Paul Norman, retired SVP at BPA
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Co-Director, NRDC Climate & Clean Energy
Rachel Shimshak, retired ED of Renewable Northwest
Emily Leach, Commercial Banking Team Leader at Heritage Bank
Felice Belfiore, CFO at Agriculture Capital
Wendy Gerlitz, State and Regional Regulatory Policy at Puget Sound Energy
Vickei Hrdina, Executive Director, Career Connect Southwest Network ESD 112
Dan James, Chief Workforce and Strategy Officer, Bonneville Power Administration
Kurt Lynam, Tribal Relationship Management and Policy Advisor
Andy Macklin, Director, Grid Products & Integration at Portland General Electric
Rebecca O’Neil, Advisor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Annie Terracciano, General Manager at Northern Lights
Brett Wilcox, CEO CVictus
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