Emerging Leaders Board
Serving as an advisory board, these entrepreneurs, strategists, community leaders and visionaries under the age of 40 have agreed to share their extraordinary skills to support the mission of Oregon Environmental Council.
Since its founding in 2010, more than 50 leaders have participated in our Emerging Leaders Board and now are a part of our Alumni Program. Read more on our Emerging Leaders Board Alumni Program Fact sheet (PDF).
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David teaches high school science and math with Portland Public Schools, and believes in the importance of cultivating STEM literacy in our society. He loves building community with people who are passionate about effecting positive changes in our world, which is what led him to move to Portland after growing up in upstate New York and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo. David has held leadership roles in a variety of nonprofit organizations before joining the ELB, including 350PDX, Bike Farm, and King Neighborhood Association. He strives to keep intersectionality, equity, and climate justice at the forefront of his climate work. When not working in the community, you might find David riding his bike around—or out of town—eating burritos, or enjoying the glorious nature that the northwest has to offer.
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Liaison to OEC’s Board of Directors
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Elizabeth Silberg believes if you have a better balance, you achieve a healthier whole — that is, the best version of yourself. Then again, if you don’t go too far, it will be hard to find your limits. So she always takes on a challenge that offers an opportunity to help her be a better person.
Elizabeth is a Director of Digital Product Management and Transformation at IBM, and before that, held roles ranging from the most established areas of the business to the most nascent. This includes transforming IBM to a new way of working, identifying and validating new ideas for Smarter Cities products, driving Agile transformation and managing common services in the Rational brand, developing cross-brand tooling within IBM’s Systems and Technology Group and building IBM’s strategy in Software. Through these roles and patent submissions, she discovered her penchant for fixing things through integration, efficiency and empowerment — building organizational capability and self-directed teams through trust, empowerment and support, as well as connecting dots, systems and people into cohesive, stronger units.
She is the Finance Chair and Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Saturday Academy and also volunteers with various other education, empowerment and environmental organizations. She likes to experiment with different training for mind, body and well-being, so you might also find her on the stage, in the gym or out with nature.
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Haley Walker brings nearly a decade of communications experience to the Emerging Leaders Board. Borrowing from her background as an environmental reporter and editor, she’s served in storytelling roles for nonprofits such as Environment America, the Nature Conservancy, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and most recently at The Freshwater Trust. She holds a master’s degree in environmental journalism from Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish. As Communications Director with The Freshwater Trust, her sights are set on creatively and clearly broadcasting their innovative freshwater restoration and conservation work with the world. Away from the computer, Haley can be found teaching in a yoga studio, climbing at Smith Rock, or running in Forest Park.
Gaby was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where she fell in love with the wild beauty of the Rocky Mountains. While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder she worked on campaigns to protect public lands in Utah, to bring awareness to the dolphin’s plight in Japan, and to support grey wolf conservation across the state. After visiting Oregon for an environmental law conference she was hooked; the lure of old growth forests and coastal waters brought her here for good. Now she serves as the Office and Event Manager for Oregon Wild where she works to bring people together over the love of wildlife and wild places. Outside of the office you’ll find Gaby making jewelry, watching a movie at the Hollywood Theatre, or out on the trail with her dog Lacey.
Janna (JJ) Green is native Oregonian and a licensed Realtor in Portland with a passion for sustainable design. She was born and raised on the Oregon coast before earning her two degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies at University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. She has over a decade of real estate, remodeling, construction and environmental design experience. JJ spent over 5 years working with non-profit energy efficiency consultancies helping homeowners retrofit their homes to modern (or better) energy and safety standards. This passion for creating sustainable, healthy homes with light footprints is deepened by her travels: whether biking across Montana studying energy and climate change, studying landscape design and planning in Japan, or kayaking through Mexico’s Sea of Cortez exploring concepts in ecology and passive architecture. JJ is former OEC board representative/liaison to the Emerging Leaders Board.
Rithy Khut is a land use planner for Multnomah County working to protect farm and forest lands for future generations. He is currently working with community members to create a vision for the county’s rural areas as Multnomah County updates its Comprehensive Plan. Born and raised in Portland, he recently moved back after 11.5 years in Eugene. As a “Double Duck”, he received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. Knowing that the big issues of the world aren’t going to be changed overnight, he has a passion for iterative change and conversations that allow for learning and finding common ground. When he isn’t working, you can find him riding his bike, “Anderson”, rock climbing, playing ultimate frisbee, or watching the Timbers or Liverpool FC!
David Muller is an independent Sustainability Expert and Consultant, focusing on the sports industry, built environment, and health and wellness. As the founding Membership Director for the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), David was the primary point of contact for the GSA’s broad and diverse network of members. Acting as an advisor, researcher, writer, connector, promoter, and much more, David supported the implementation and development of sustainability initiatives undertaken by hundreds of major professional and collegiate sports teams, venues, leagues, and events. David was primarily responsible for the exponential growth of GSA membership from 25 members in October 2011 to nearly 400 in May 2016, with a 98% renewal rate. He also led the design and launch of the GSA’s Corporate Members Network, including some of the world’s most prominent brands. David also designed and administered the GSA’s monthly webinar program, created and led various partnerships with major non-profits and NGOs, and played an integral role in conceiving and developing nearly all GSA programs, communications, and the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. David received his MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, and his BA in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College. He also attained LEED Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Outside of work, David enjoys nature, music, sports, and most of all spending time with his 4-year-old son Noah.
Hilary is passionate about using her power and privilege to do good in the world. At 10 years old she answered a “what would you do with a million dollars?” writing prompt by saying that she would feed everyone who was hungry and protect everyone in danger. Now Hilary spends her days as Development Manager for Free Geek working to make digital inclusion a possibility for more Portlanders. Growing up on the banks of the Snake and Salmon Rivers, Hilary developed a deep love for our natural world and the ways that humans interact with it. Hilary sees joining the Emerging Leaders Board is another way to serve her community and protect the environment. In her spare time, you will find her running trails, hiking or spending time with friends or Rosie, her beloved Corgi.
Mark Steinbuck is a fresh Oregonian, having just moved to Portland from Wisconsin (and before that: Colorado, North Carolina, and Illinois). Mark first fell in love with the outdoors at his family’s cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin, and despite loving Oregon, still considers Lake Superior to be the most beautiful natural feature in the U.S. Mark attained his B.A. in anthropology from U of Wisconsin and his M.A. in Environmental Anthropology from Colorado State. Mark serves as KEEN Footwear’s Grants and Community Specialist, where he manages corporate givings, volunteering, and nonprofit partnerships. When he’s not at work, he’s likely bike commuting, bringing his two little kids Ivan and Jela into the woods alongside his wife Annie, or playing music.
Nathan Wallace is a native Portlander, a fisheries biologist for the State of Oregon, and a freelance photographer. During his day job he collects data to help generate population estimates for threatened salmon species in the lower Columbia River basin.
Nathan has always had a love for the environment and started down his career path working for the New Zealand Department of Conservation as a fisheries ranger on the Tongariro River.
Recently Nathan was awarded a month long artist’s residency for his fine art landscape and wilderness photography by the Breckinridge, CO Creative Arts Council.
Besides his work with the state he is an avid outdoorsperson and musician. If he’s not is his waders you can find him with a camera—hiking, camping, or backpacking around the wild areas of the Pacific Northwest.
Staff liaison to the Emerging Leaders Board
Healthy Environments Engagement Manager
Raphaela joins Oregon Environmental Council after working as the Engagement Organizer for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for the past two years. During this time, she campaigned for pro-environment candidates in the 2016 election, helped interview and endorse climate champions throughout Oregon’s political offices, organized members and volunteers to lobby for pro-conservation bills in the state, and spearheaded the organization’s equity work. (more)