Emerging Leaders Board

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Ara Vickers: Meet the New ELB!

Hello friends, People are more receptive to tackling climate change when they are given actionable, positive climate news, rather than through threats of inaction. If you’re like me, and are entrenched in climate change research, then framing climate change and other environmental disasters in an optimistic context sounds at best challenging and at worst absurd. After all, the earth is on fire and we need to act! Yet, most people respond defensively when they receive negative climate change information. Of course, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t share critical ...

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Corinne Handelman

Corrine first started working with Oregon Environmental Council back in 2012, collecting signatures for the Toxic Free Kids Act. More recently, she served on the Emerging Leaders Board...

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Rob Nathan

To Rob, Oregon represents home—a place where he is committed to advancing social and environmental equity. Originally from Chicago, Rob grew up in the "'hood," where the streets were muddied by industry and trash. “I saw how people of color were disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation. I recognized the paradigm that I was living—that resource scarcity is tied to poverty, environmental racism, and conservation." Rob played an important part in supporting the development of a stronger social equity lens at Oregon Environmental Council as a member ...

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Nate Wallace

Nate Wallace joined the Emerging Leaders Board in 2018. He is excited to help Oregon Environmetal Council protect the land he loves. Nate grew up in Portland and developed a reverence for nature on family camping trips and excursions.   “Oregon is unbelievably beautiful and varied. It’s really important to try to preserve it. We need to be put policies in place that are protecting the Environment, which is one of the things that drew me to Oregon Environmental Council." Nate now works as a fisheries biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and ...

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Time to wine down the Oregon Electric Byway

Being able to access Oregon's public lands is essential to me, and without owning a car, it can be challenging.

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Alison Hopcroft

"I realize that I can spend my entire life doing important work that gives back to the community that makes an impact in the world….but I’ll never be able to personally make a difference with all of the issues that I care about."

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Scott Stein

"We engaged young people in the work of Oregon Environmental Council—understanding that they have a vital role to play in creating a place that we all want to live in in Oregon, preserving our beautiful and amazing natural wonders.”

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Emerging Leaders Alumni Program Launches

Eight years after starting, we realize it’s time to celebrate the nearly 50 people who’ve been a part of our Emerging Leaders Board, a diverse, powerful network of young professionals who collectively contribute to our work, both while serving on the board and after. This April, we officially launched our Emerging Leaders Board (ELB) Alumni Program with a happy hour at Migration Brewing in Northeast Portland. Board members from 2010 through today gathered to reminisce, share notes, and get to know new members. Members of Oregon Environmental Council’s ...

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Welcome to our new Emerging Leaders!

New ideas and energy can be catalysts for creating innovative change. Each year Oregon Environmental Council welcomes a diverse cohort of Emerging Leaders to be part of our work to bring people together to protect the water, air and land we all share and love here in Oregon. These extraordinary individuals bring their energy, expertise and insight into defining our work and strengthening our capacity. We’ve been doing this for more than seven years now, and the results of bringing young adults together is rippling out into our community. (Read this story from ...

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Building advocacy with our Emerging Leaders

We set out to plan an event that would remind community members what we’re trying to achieve...

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