2020 Keynotes

Jessica Black | Director, Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and the Environment, and Associate Professor of Environmental Science Heritage University  

Terry McDonald

In her international programs, Jessica works to promote sustainable, culturally vibrant communities, building global partnerships to empower indigenous peoples. She is currently working with the Bugle of Panama, the All Nations LSAMP CRIRE program, and Engineers Without Borders to provide opportunities for global indigenous exchange between STEM students and indigenous communities in Panama and Costa Rica.

Terry McDonald | Executive Director, St. Vincent DePaul Society of Lane County

Terry McDonald

Terry also oversees the Cascade Alliance - a national network of 14 nonprofits in 13 states developing socially responsible diversion of useable materials from the waste stream, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that to date has created hundreds of sustainable jobs, annually diverts millions of pounds of materials and generates millions in annual revenue that add resilience to the nonprofit agencies, allowing them to serve more needs in their communities.

2020 Speakers

Speaker by last name: A-D, E-H, I-L, M-P, Q-T, U-W, X-Z

Joe Abraham | Sustainability Director, Willamette University

Joe Abraham

Brendan Adamczyk | Student Sustainability Network Chair, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon

Brendan Adamczyk

Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh | Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon

Yvette Alex-Assensoh

Dr. Alex-Assensoh leads the university's strategic diversity planning efforts, development of institutional policies, coordination of research and evaluation infrastructure for diversity work, coordination of pipeline programs and provides organizational leadership to units within the Division of Equity and Inclusion. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, she served as a tenured Professor of Political Science and a Dean at Indiana University in Bloomington. While there, she won outstanding research awards, secured national funding for her research projects, served as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Zagreb in Croatia and also led national committees focusing on issues of equity, diversity, teaching excellence and ethics. She is the author/co-author of five books, dozens of scholarly essays and numerous journalistic/trade essays. She is a consultant on diversity/gender issues. She is a trained lawyer, registered mediator, and a member of the Indiana State Bar. She and her husband (Indiana University History Professor Emeritus A.B. Assensoh) are parents of two sons.

Rachel Bayly | Food Pantry Community Outreach Coordinator, Western Oregon University

Rachel Bayly

Ilana Braverman | Program Manager, Better Food Foundation

Ilana Braverman

Bobby Butler | Program Manager/Instructor, Sustainable Agriculture Program, Highline College

Bobby Butler

Ryan Cabinte | MBA Program Manager, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, University of Oregon

Ryan Cabinte

Kaden Carpenter | Director of Eco-Social Justice, Portland Community College Sylvania Campus

Kaden Carpenter

Haley Case-Scott | Resource Assistants Program Intern, USDA Forest Service

Haley Case-Scott

Lisette Cervantes Almonte | Food Pantry Supervisor, Western Oregon University

Lisette Cervantes

Stephan Classen | Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Cascadia College  

Stephan Classen

Lauren Collar | Student, Students for Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Willamette University

Lauren Collar

Michele Crim | Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Portland  

Michele Crim

Catalina M. de Onís | Assistant Professor, Willamette University

Catalina de Onis

Crystal Duey | Student, American College of Healthcare Sciences

Crystal Duey

Omar El Akkad | Author & Journalist, American War  

Omar El Akkad

Toren Elste | Program Specialist, University of Washington Sustainability  

Toren Elste

Stephania Fregosi | Sustainability Analyst, Portland Community College

Stephania Fregosi

Claudia Frere-Anderson | Director, University of Washington Sustainability  

Claudia Frere-Anderson

McKenzie Funk | Journalist and Author, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming  

McKenzie Funk

Rick Glover | Environmental Science Faculty, Lane Community College

Rick Glover

Felipe Gonzalez | Director of Sustainability, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus

Felipe Gonzalez

Elissa Gordon | Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Bellevue College

Elissa Gordon

Jessica Goss | Student, American College of Healthcare Sciences

Jessica Goss

Lucas Gutterman | Organizing Director, OSPIRG Students, University of Oregon  

Lucas Gutterman

Zaida Hatfield | Cultural Sustainability Coordinator, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon

Zaida Hatfield

Joel Iboa | Coalition Manager, Causa Oregon

Joel Iboa

Rob Inerfeld | Transportation Planning Manager, City of Eugene

Rob Inerfeld

Dr. M Jackson | Author, The Secret Lives of Glaciers

M Jackson

Jackson travels extensively and is passionate about effectively communicating what is happening in many of the planet's coldest and remotest places to diverse audiences worldwide. Furthering this mission, as part of National Geographic's "Women of Impact" initiative, Jackson recently filmed "Into Water," a four-episode NatGeo, Google, and YouTubeVR virtual reality series focusing on female explorer-scientists whose work intersects with water. Jackson currently lives outside of Eugene, Oregon and is at work on her first novel.

Jesse Jenkins | Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, Princeton University

Jesse Jenkins

Jesse completed a PhD in Engineering Systems ('18) and MS in Technology and Policy ('14) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer and Information Science ('06) at the University of Oregon. He worked previously as a postdoctoral Environmental Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative, a research fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and a Policy and Research Associate at Renewable Northwest. He also works with DeSolve, LLC and independently to provide decision support, analytics, and policy advisory services to non-profit and for-profit clients working to accelerate the deployment of clean energy. Jesse has published peer-reviewed papers in the journals Joule, The Energy Journal, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Applied Energy, Nuclear Technology, Energy Policy, and WIREs: Climate Change. His work has been supported by competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation, MIT Energy Initiative, Martin Family Society for Fellows in Sustainability, and Harvard University Center for the Environment. Jesse has given seminars to executives at global electric utility and energy technology companies, presented his work to staff and commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state-level regulators and policy makers across the country. He has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the United States House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. His research is regularly featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and National Public Radio.

Em Jones | Student Body President, Portland Community College Cascade Campus

Em Jones

Daniel Kammen | Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley  

Daniel Kammen

Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell (BA 1984) and Harvard (MA 1986; PhD 1988), and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Kammen helped found over 10 companies, including Enphase that went public in 2012, Renewable Funding (Renew Financial) a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) implementing company that went public in 2014. Kammen played a central role in developing the successful bid for the $500 million energy biosciences institute funded by BP.

Lyle Keck | Building Performance Consultant, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Lyle Keck

Sam Kinzel | Student, Campus Student Spiritual Advisor and Member of the Student Government Sustainability Committee, Whitman College

Michelle Larkins | Director, Center for a Sustainable Society, Pacific University

Michelle Larkins

Rebecca Lawton | Author, Scientist and Executive Director, PLAYA Summer Lake  

Rebecca Lawton

Brandon Lesowske | Waste Management Coordinator, Portland State University - Campus Sustainability Office

Brandon Lesowske

Rebecca Lewis | Associate Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon

Rebecca Lewis

Lindsay Little | Student, American College of Healthcare Sciences

Lindsay Little

Deanna Lloyd | Instructor, Sustainability Double Degree Program, Oregon State University

Deanna Lloyd

Taylor Lohrie | Eco-Social Justice Director, Portland Community College Southeast Campus

Taylor Lohrie

Izabel Loinaz | Director, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, University of Oregon  

Izabel Loinaz

Kathy Lynn | Tribal Climate Change Project Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program, University of Oregon

Kathy Lynn

Lindsey MacDonald | Sustainable Communities Partnership Coordinator, Western Washington University

Lindsey MacDonald

Jaron Malcom | Undergraduate Student President, Net Impact, University of Oregon

Jaron Malcom

Susan Marcus | Dean of Business, American College of Healthcare Sciences

Susan Marcus

Dr. Taylor McHolm | Program Director, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon

Taylor McHolm

Mabel Miller | Sustainability Representatives Program Coordinator, Western Washington University

Mabel Miller

Minal Mistry | Business Initiatives Lead, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Minal Mistry

Steve Mital | Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon   

Steve Mital

Kelsey Moore | Bike Program Coordinator, University of Oregon

Kelsey Moore

Alice Morrison | Food Security Coordinator, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon

Alice Morrison

Owen Murphy | Associate Professor, Health and Human Performance, Central Oregon Community College

Owen Murphy

Jen Myers | Instructor, Sustainability Double Degree Program, Oregon State University

Jen Myers

Mark Nystrom | Climate Recovery Ordinance Analyst, City of Eugene

Mark Nystrom

Amelia Pape | Adjunct Instructor of Management, Portland State University

Amelia Pape

She designs and facilitates story-based strategies for startups and organizations at ALICE Strategy, and supports multi-stakeholder collaborations and networks as a member of Converge. She serves on the Board of Directors at XXcelerate Fund and The Insight Alliance. Amelia holds an MBA from Portland State University with a focus in social enterprise, and a BA in economics and political theory from the American University. She would also love to cook you dinner.

Jarrod Penttila | Project Manager, Oregon State University - Cascades

Jarrod Penttila

Hope Peterson | Zero Waste Coordinator, Western Washington University

Hope Peterson

Lisa Petterson | Principal, SRG Partnership, Inc.

Hope Peterson

Marion Powell | Student, Students for Sustainability Composting and Zero Waste Coordinator, Willamette University

Marion Powell

Emily Quinton | Program and Partnership Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Office, Portland State University

Emily Quinton

David Reesor | Director of Transportation Services, University of Oregon

David Reesor

Alaí Reyes-Santos, PhD | Associate Professor, Dept. of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon

Alai Reyes-Santos

Eric Ridenour | Campus Planner, SRG Partnership, Inc.

Eric Ridenour

Margaret Robertson | Author and Instructor, Lane Community College

Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson is the author of Sustainability Principles and Practice, 2nd ed.; Communicating Sustainability; and the Dictionary of Sustainability. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and teaches sustainability at Lane Community College, where she is also a coordinator of the Sustainability AAS degree program.

Virginia Rustique-Petteni | Senior Director, Global Sustainability Engagement, Nike, Inc.

Kurt Russo

Virginia's career started in U.S. politics and includes roles in the Clinton White House, in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Throughout the course of her political career, she has served as Special Advisor for Nominations, Staff Director for Legislative Affairs, and in the West Wing as assistant to the Director of Legislative Affairs. Additionally, she was a political appointee at the American Embassy in London as Special Advisor to Ambassador Philip Lader from 1999 - 2001. Virginia is a native of Kansas, the daughter of Filipino immigrants to America, and a proud Army brat. Virginia holds a BA in History, focused on race and gender, with honors from the University of Chicago. She is on the board of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as the North American Advisory Board of Chatham House. Following 18 years in London, Virginia and her family now reside in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Josh Salsbury | Food Pantry Campus Outreach Coordinator, Western Oregon University

Josh Salsbury

Alax Santiago | Student, Pacific University

Alax Santiago

Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College  

Briar Schoon

Joe Scott | Lakwashti Tribal Arts and Education; Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians; Curriculum Director, Long Tom Watershed Council's "TeamTEK"

Joe Scott

Wm. Andrew Schwartz | Executive Director, Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies and Comparative Theology, Claremont School of Theology

Wm. Andrew Schwartz

Colin Sexton | Chemical Engineer, NuScale  

Colin Sexton

Heidi Sickert | Chair, Sustainability Practices for Academics and Resources Council (SPARC), Portland Community College

Heidi Sickert

William Silva | Director of Preconstruction, Swinerton Builders

William Silva

Amira Smith | Marketing and Outreach, Sustainability Office, Oregon State University  

Amira Smith

Kim Smith | Sociology Instructor, Portland Community College and Programs and Events Coordinator, GPSEN

Kim Smith

Vincent Smith | Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Science & Policy, Southern Oregon University  

Vincent M. Smith

Katie Staton | Steward, Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon

Katie Staton

Sarah Stapleton | Assistant Professor of Education Studies, University of Oregon

Sarah Stapleton

Dr. Sarah Stoeckl | Program Manager - Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon  

Sarah Stoeckl

Kristi Straus | Lecturer and Associate Director, Program on the Environment, University of Washington

Kristi Straus

Jamie Talarico | Student Real Food Challenge Coordinator, Southern Oregon University

Jamie Talarico

Hill Taylor | Chief Academic Officer (Academic Dean), American College of Healthcare Sciences

Hill Taylor

Phillip Thompson | Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seattle University

Phil Thompson

Brandon Trelstad | Sustainability Officer, Oregon State University  

Brandon Trelstad

Riley Turner | Director of Eco-Social Justice, Portland Community College Cascade Campus

Riley Turner

Claire Verstrate | Student, Students for Sustainability Lead Coordinator, Willamette University

Claire Verstrate

Seth Vidaña | Director of Sustainability, Western Washington University  

Seth Vidana

Joao Vilca Soto | Sustainability Student Club President, Cascadia College

Joao Vilca Soto

Sean Watts | Owner, SM Watts Consulting

Sean Watts

Luhui Whitebear | PhD Candidate, Assistant Director, NAL Eena Haws, Diversity & Cultural Engagement, Oregon State University

Luhui Whitebear

Jim Wynne | Events and Restoration Coordinator, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon

Jim Wynne

View our speaker line-ups from WOHESC 2019 & WOHESC 2018