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Todd has more than 18 years’ experience building partnerships and pursuing innovations around small-scale renewable energy projects, collaborative environmental solutions, watershed restoration and ecosystem services. Todd co-developed BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate Program—the first ever national-level program that allows water users everywhere to balance the amount of water they use with an equal amount of water restored to a critically dewatered ecosystem. He leads work with National Geographic, pro-sports teams, outdoor gear manufacturers, food and beverage companies and others to encourage water conservation and restoration. Todd also developed the first 10-year Model Watershed approach to support community-based efforts to restore watershed ecosystems. He earned an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Oregon. He has worked in various capacities for community-based organizations, agencies and universities, and since 2000 with BEF. As the leader of an entrepreneurial environmental organization, Todd’s professional focus is set squarely on catalyzing a social movement that will empower corporations, businesses and individuals to participate in meaningful sustainability solutions that address pressing energy, water and carbon challenges.
Felicia has a distinguished background in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining BEF in 2008, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Oregon Children’s Foundation SMART program. Before moving to Portland in 2006, she served as the Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2001-2006, and was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Great Way Products, Inc. from 1989-2001. A Tennessee native, she moved to Minnesota in 1984 to pursue her broad formal education. After graduating from Normandale Community College, her lifelong love of animals led her to the University of Minnesota where she studied Fisheries and Wildlife for two years. But it was her aptitude for business that prompted her to transfer to the University of St. Thomas where she graduated with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on Administrative Leadership. She later earned a JD from William Mitchell College of Law where her legal studies focused on business and employment law. Felicia is a competitive tennis player in both USTA and WTT leagues. Her other interests include kayak touring, backcountry camping, snowshoeing, international and domestic travel, and reading. She lives in the Sellwood neighborhood of Southeast Portland with her dog, Eva.
At BEF, Val develops partnerships with some of the world’s most influential brands to advance environmental restoration and education. She leads fundraising and stakeholder engagement for the nationally recognized Change the Course water sustainability campaign. Val serves on the Board of Directors for the Green Sports Alliance and is a LEED® Green Associate. Prior to joining BEF in 2010, she had a 17-year career as a business development professional and sales executive. During that time, she also launched the first sustainability program at Clear Channel Radio. Email
Tomas has worked in the renewable energy sector in the Pacific Northwest for nearly twenty years. He was a co-founder of SeQuential Biofuels, Inc. Oregon’s premier producer, distributor and retailer of biodiesel fuel. He developed Oregon’s first commercial biodiesel production facility in 2005. Tomas has been a serial entrepreneur for most of his career. Over two decades he has honed his skills in business development, project planning and management, financial analysis, business operations and policy. Tomas has worked across renewable energy technologies including biofuels, small wind, biogas, woody biomass and solar. Most recently Tomas worked as an independent solar developer for community solar projects in Southern Oregon. He was a co-founder of the Ashland Solar Cooperative. Tomas also has extensive experience in agriculture and oilseed processing. Tomas received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Society from Cornell University, including a year abroad in Ecuador. He also holds a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from University of Oregon. In his free time Tomas enjoys spending time with his family growing, cooking and eating the bounty from their urban garden. Email
Kas’s work supports PNW-centered collaborative fundraising, monitoring and knowledge sharing in service to watershed partners. She serves as co-lead for the Washington State Floodplains by Design initiative NGO backbone, a public-private partnership that advances integrated floodplain management. She is privileged to manage a stellar team who support diverse projects including: BEF’s Collaborative Grow program, which streamlines native plant procurement and advances knowledge sharing on climate adaptation, the Human Nature program, which shares trauma informed approaches for engaging vulnerable people in natural areas, and various Willamette Basin partnerships.
Kas holds a PhD in Forest Resources 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. Email
Sara joined the BEF team in Spring of 2016 to cultivate, maintain and expand partnerships that help advance the impact of BEF’s mission. Her role is focused on partnerships and stakeholder engagement around the Change the Course and Solar 4R Schools programs. Prior to joining BEF, Sara was the Director of Operations at the Green Sports Alliance. In this role, she maintained external and internal facing responsibilities ranging from business development, program strategy and project management to business operations and human resources, and produced the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. Throughout her career, Sara has served in different capacities in community development, impact investing, sustainability and marketing strategy consulting. She received her M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Marketing. Email
Raphaela joined BEF’s Renewables Program in 2019 and works on the development and implementation of community-based renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest. Her work is focused on creating equitable access to renewable energy benefits for low-income communities in the region. Prior to joining BEF, Raphaela worked at Oregon Environmental Council where her work focused on statewide policy for air quality and environmental health, and at the Oregon League of Conservation Voters where she worked to get environmental champions elected to the Oregon legislature. She also has experience in environmental consulting, elementary school environmental education, and atmospheric chemistry research. Raphaela received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Reed College. In her free time she can be found skiing, climbing, mountain biking, and finding other ways to play in the mountains. Email
Anne is an Energy Education Program Manager for CE and is the Career Technical Education (CTE) lead. She is the appropriate contact for questions regarding clean energy career-connected learning opportunities. In her previous role, Anne worked for Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) as a SUN Community Schools Site Manager where she collaborated with Multnomah County, school staff, and community partners to deliver academic-enrichment and family engagement opportunities to the school community. In addition, Anne has experience in creating and implementing culturally specific curriculum and supporting family engagement efforts with the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Most of her professional experience is within community based social services with nonprofit organizations in Portland, Oregon. Email
Chaun oversees the CE program and offers innovation and creative thinking in expanding the impact of CE’s work throughout the U.S. Chaun has over 25 years of experience designing and managing environmental education programs in the U.S. and abroad for diverse audiences. Prior to working for BEF, Chaun worked as a Senior Analyst at The Cadmus Group, Inc. where she implemented and evaluated energy education programs and conducted process evaluations of utility energy efficiency programs in various states in the U.S. Chaun served as Program Director for Community Energy Project in Portland for nine years, where she managed energy education, water conservation and environmental health education, direct service, and professional training programs. She also has experience with stakeholder engagement, coalition building and startup of new social and environmental impact initiatives both stateside and abroad. Chaun has an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and she graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S in Natural Resource Management and Environment & Forest Biology. She also served as a community forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Far-western Nepal (1997-1999). Email
Parker is a CE Energy Education Program Manager and works as the program curriculum lead. He also manages the Renewable Energy Educator Lab and online educator library. Working closely with teachers and content experts, Parker designs and conducts CE educator trainings and curriculum development. He also helps educators select and integrate the most appropriate activities and science materials to support their existing curricula. Parker is an appropriate contact if you have questions about the CE classroom materials, teacher training or activities, or if you are a vendor seeking to establish a relationship with the CE program.
Parker received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of Oregon, focusing on environmental education and watershed policy. It was during his studies that he initially because involved in classroom education. Eventually, he became an AP Environmental Science teacher in the South Los Angeles community of Watts. He later earned an M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. His graduate research focused on the effects of implementing place-based environmental education in urban settings. Email
Katie is a Certified Public Accountant with over ten years of auditing and accounting experience focused on nonprofit and government agencies. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Oregon. Outside of work Katie is an active mom to three who loves to bake and do home renovation projects with her husband.
Evan is a specialist in renewable energy systems and leads the project development and management activities for the Renewable Energy Group, which advances renewables in the Northwest with innovative and creative solutions. Evan has managed hundreds of small scale renewable projects and over 10-Megawatts of large commercial projects. The clients he has helped transition to renewable energy include Walmart, Safeway, Bayer, Hewlett Packard, Intel, local governments, and several universities. Evan is an accredited solar installation professional certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nature and Culture from the University of California at Davis. In addition to his schooling at UC Davis he has studied abroad in Chile, completed a Himalayan Ecology Field Study, and spent many years leading work in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park. Email
Heather focuses on developing relationships with all types of entities including corporations, small businesses, universities, and other nonprofits to help them understand their impacts in carbon, water, and energy. She has a diverse background in sustainability, outreach, marketing, and sales. With her combined experience, Heather travels the country to speak at conferences and present workshops and classes on Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Water Footprinting among other sustainability topics. BEF offsets all of her travel, of course! Heather also serves on BEF’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Team. 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 Northwest for its many outdoor offerings and an abundance of fantastic food! Email
Jonathan is an Energy Education Program Manager for CE and is the appropriate contact for questions regarding clean energy curriculum development and teacher professional development. Jonathan brings a decade of sustainability project management experience to BEF, having worked with local governments and other nonprofit clients on climate, energy, land use, and sustainable agriculture initiatives. In his diverse career, he has also worked as an environmental and farm educator, communications coordinator, and graphic designer. His passion is communicating (through writing and teaching) about the intersection of traditional environmentalism with human-centered concerns such as justice, education, and values. Jonathan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology in 2000 and received a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2005. Email
Robert joined BEF in December 2008 to manage key elements of the Model Watershed Program and relationships with BEF grantees and partners. Before BEF, he worked for The Nature Conservancy of Washington as the Port Susan Bay Program Manager, planning and implementing landscape-scale conservation efforts in the Stillaguamish River estuary. Before moving to Washington, Robert spent eight years overseeing a variety of restoration programs and related research and monitoring in the Columbia River estuary. His past roles included stints as the Executive Director of the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce and Executive Director of Sea Resources. Robert’s bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Master of Science degree in Environmental Science are from the University of Idaho. Email
Rebekah provides administrative support to the BEF team and has worked in office operations since 2012. Rebekah is native to Portland, Oregon, and graduated from the School of Public Health at Portland State University in 2017 with a deep sense of appreciation for environmental and health research. Prior to BEF, Rebekah worked for a private timber investment management organization (TIMO) as the executive assistant to the CEO, where she collaborated with all levels of the organization and managed Board and committee governance, all-staff communications, and the Safety Committee. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys reading and spending time with family in the great PNW. Email
Jean-Paul joined the BEF team in 2015 to manage restoration projects in the Willamette Valley and coordinate various activities with Model Watershed partners. Jean-Paul has managed restoration projects in the Willamette Valley since 2014. He earned a BS at Portland State University where he first became interested in community based watershed management and rehabilitation. He later earned his MS as a Fulbright Scholar conducting social-ecological research in southern Patagonia. Prior to working as a restoration project manager in the Valley, Jean-Paul built a broad range of applied ecological skills with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Siuslaw Watershed Council. On his off time, Jean-Paul regularly enjoys the bounty the Willamette has to offer by foot, bike, and kayak. Email