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Renée Bogin Curtis


As Sustainable Systems Project Manager, Renée evaluates and researches food systems, and social and environmental sustainability programs for local, regional and federal governments. She examines attitudes and behaviors of diverse communities and develops customized and representative outreach strategies. Current projects include management and website development of Fork it Over (a food donation and waste diversion program), assessments of the Food Donation Infrastructure and food access in the University EcoDistrict (Eat Up), exploratory research as external evaluator of a bilingual sustainability exhibit at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), as well as management of Portland Multifamily and Metro Multifamily Outreach programs. Renée has a Graduate Certificate in nnprofit management, a Master’s degree in urban studies, and is a doctoral candidate in the field. Her research areas include multiculturalism in the environmental movement, community food systems, ethical markets, the artisan economy and global social movements. A recognized expert on the relationship between social and environmental sustainability, Renée frequently presents at conferences for diverse audiences ranging from property management industry groups to academic geographers to United Nations delegations. In her free time she exchanges stories from adventures in travel and parenting.

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Moonrose Doherty

As Operations Manager and Faculty Research Assistant at CES, Rose manages projects and works with students, faculty, businesses, local government, and other community partners to conduct CES' work, educate, and forward sustainability goals in the region. Rose currently oversees the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project, the EPA Pollution Prevention Outreach Project, the City of Portland Events Recycling Project, and the Multnomah County Surplus Project. Rose has managed the New Seasons Sustainability Integration projects, the Whole Foods Comprehensive Materials Analysis, the Metro Household Pesticides Retail Surveys, Recycle at Work Business Recycling Requirements projects, the KEEN Footwear Comprehensive Analysis project. Rose's expertise lies in outreach, technical assistance, materials management, sustainability conceptualization, greenhouse gas emissions analysis, toxics, and waste reduction and prevention. Rose has over nine years of experience in the solid waste and sustainability field, with previous work in the public health and community organizing fields. She has worked for both local government and non-profits in the Portland Metro region. Rose began working at CES in 2008; she holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies with a minor in sustainability from Portland State University. Spare time includes volunteering: Friends of Trees Neighborhood Coordinator, North Tabor-Mt. Tabor Clean-up coordination, and the Association of Oregon Recyclers Annual Conference Planning Committee.

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Student staff: 

Erin Lorene Anderson

Erin is the CES Research Fellow, focused on exploring the organizational model of CES and the skills and competencies student employees develop while working on specific sustainability projects with community partners. Erin has worked with CES since 2008 and managed projects such as the Lloyd EcoDistrict Infrastructure Analysis, Nike Comprehensive Materials Analysis, the City of Portland Composition Rate Study, and Bonneville Power Administration Integrated Materials Management Strategy. She has been project lead on the Whole Foods Comprehensive Materials Analysis, the New Seasons Sustainability Integration Project, and a Metro Pesticides Study. Additionally, Erin served as the Outreach Coordinator at the Port of Portland airport Technical Assistance Project for two years. Erin has an undergraduate degree in Community Development from Portland State University and is currently working on a Master of Urban Studies focusing on sustainable policies. 

Todd Ashley

Todd joined the CES team in 2012 as the Materials Manager for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. He has worked on the New Seasons Sustainability Integration Project and was the project lead for the CleaResult Energy Efficiency Project and the Multnomah County Surplus Assistance Project. Todd recently earned his Masters in Environmental Management degree from PSU with a concentration in forest ecology and in the process conducted plant surveys for Oregon State University, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Todd is originally from Cooperstown, N.Y. and in his free time enjoys traveling, seeing live music, and identifying plants.

Douglas R. Beyers

Doug is an MBA candidate with a focus on sustainability and sustainable development, and joined the CES team in January 2015 as the Project Lead for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. Doug received his B.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University, and spent the last few years working as an archaeologist in cultural resource and heritage management throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. He sits on the General Student Affairs Committee at PSU, and is involved with the social impact business group, Net Impact. In his free time, Doug enjoys outrigger and standup paddling, exploring the many Portland-area waterfall hikes, and cozying up to a good book—recommendations welcome!

Derek Carmona

Derek is the Partnership Development Coordinator for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project, working with the tenants and properties in and around the Portland Airport to facilitate waste minimization and food waste diversion efforts. Derek is working on his Masters of Education with emphasis in Leadership for Sustainability Education at PSU and holds a Bachelor degree in Human Ecology from California State University, Stanislaus. Originally from Northern California, Derek has lived in Northern, Central, and Southern California; Lima Peru; Santiago Chile; and most recently Iowa, where he ran the Environmental Services Division for the City of Sioux City. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, exploring the city, volunteering at the Oregon Zoo, working in one of Portland’s many Community Gardens, and teaching environmental education in Central and South America. 

Emily Cary

Emily joined CES in March of 2014 as project support staff working on the Fairview Recycle at Work project. She is now a project lead for Material Assessments and provides the assistance on the Portland Multifamily Recycling project. She is currently pursuing a BS in Community Development at Portland State University. Emily also works as an intern with ROSE CDC, working on a project which aims to implement composting and food education at several multifamily housing locations, and SOLVE.  In her free time she enjoys adventuring to new places, spending time outside, and biking. 

Bethany Davidson

Bethany began working with CES in March of 2011 while finishing her Bachelors of Science degree in Geography, with a minor in Black Studies from PS. Bethany has served as the Project Lead for the city of Portland Residential Capture Rate Project, the City of Portland Event Recycling program, City of Portland Single-Family Weight Study, City of Portland Food Waste Diversion Evaluation, and Food Services of America Event Recycling Projects. Bethany has also worked on the METRO Recycle at Work projects, Material Assessments, and the Port of Portland Clean-ups.  Bethany was born in Alaska, but has lived in Oregon for over 18 years and considers herself a joint native to both states. Bethany loves playing cribbage, fly-fishing, canoeing, watching lightning storms, helping her family and friends get their home composting and recycling started.

Ashley Donald

Ashley joined the CES team in the Fall of 2013 as project support staff. She is a project lead on Material Assessments and provides assistance on the Food Services of America Events Projects. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health and hopes to tack on a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at PSU. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on international health through the study of public health, microbiology, and geography at the University of Arizona in 2009. Ashley is dedicated to social justice and community development issues. In her free time, she can be found exploring the world, both near and far, being fully engrossed in live music, and most recently, challenging herself in the world of cross fit. 

Carrie Elmore

Carrie joined CES in November of 2013 as an addition to the NSF OMSI Sustainability Project as a liaison working with Spanish-speaking families. Currently she serves as project lead on the EPA Eco-Biz project conducting pollution-prevention outreach to automotive and landscaping businesses in underserved areas of outer East Portland, Gresham, and Clackamas. In June, 2014 she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Certificate in Chicano & Latino Studies at PSU. Her interests are focused in multiculturalism, social justice and community development. She also particularly loves travel, food, and being outdoors.

Anna Funck

Anna joined CES in October of 2014 and is the project lead on the Portland Multifamily Recycling project and supports CES' Fork it Over work on this food waste diversion assistance program.  Anna also co-chairs the Food Action Collective (FAC), a PSU student group working in food systems. Anna is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Global Leadership and Management, and received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Her main interests include food security in under-served and migrant farmworker communities, community development through agriculture, and international food sovereignty. In her spare time, Anna enjoys running, biking, reading, hiking, baking, and dogsitting corgi puppies.

 

Sara Ivey

Sara joined CES in August 2013 and currently serves as Data Manager on the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project and Project Coordinator for the Fork it Over project. Sara received her Bachelor of Science in public health from the University of Washington in December 2010. She arrived at CES having spent the past few years working in occupational health and safety, and clinical research at the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing dual Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and Master of Public Health degrees at PSU.

 

Alexis Kelso

Alexis joined CES as project support staff in March 2014. She is pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at PSU, with a concentration in transportation. Prior to working at CES, Alexis was the Safe Routes to School Project Manager for WALKSacramento. Alexis currently leads the Portland Multifamily Recycling project at CES. She enjoys working with diverse communities to make our cities healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable. In her spare time, Alexis can be found hiking with her dog and taking photographs.

Mark Kenseth

Mark has been with CES since 2012. Mark has worked as the Zero Waste Assistant at the Port of Portland working with the Waste Minimization Team to divert 90% of materials from the landfill by 2018, as a project lead on the Energy and Climate Change Curriculum (EC3) research project, as a project lead for Material Assessments, and is currently the project lead for the Multnomah County Surplus Project. Mark’s interests revolve around sustainability issues and environmental justice.

 

Madeleine Lawrence

Madeleine Lawrence is in her senior year of a B.A. in Spanish and Community Development. Madeleine joined CES in August of 2014 as a project support staff for the EPA grant Pollution Prevention Project in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resources Center and the EcoBiz program conducting outreach to automotive and landscaping businesses. She also works on the Portland Multifamily Recycling project and is looking forward to working on many of the other multi-faceted CES projects.

 

Eduardo Montejo

Eduardo joined CES in August 2013 as Project Support Staff for the OMSI Sustainability Project. Currently, Eduardo is finishing up as Project Lead for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. He is a first-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning student at Portland State University, and a recipient of the MURP Planning Diversity Assistantship. Prior to CES, Eduardo received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Minor in Solar and Renewable Energy from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. At UNLV, Eduardo served as President of the Sierra Student Coalition for two consecutive terms, working closely with non-profit and community partners on a variety of urban sustainability issues. Eduardo's undergraduate research focused on renewable community gardens, transit-oriented solar deployment in urban spaces, and the effect of federal investments in bicycle commuter shares. In his free time Eduardo enjoys bicycles, vegetables, and coffee.

Jared O'Hagan

Jared joined the CES team in the summer of 2012, and has worked on the Portland Multifamily Recycling Program, Material Assessments, the Portland Events Recycling Project, the Single Family Can Weight Study, and the Port of Portland Technical Assistance project. Jared transferred to PSU to study accounting, with aspirations of completing his MBA within the next five years.  Jared has been an avid composter and recycler his entire life, starting at an early age living in rural Western New York.  In his spare time, he enjoys listening to and playing experimental and improvisational music, cold-brewing tea, and home brewing beer.

Ellen Payne

Ellen joined CES as project support staff on Material Assessments in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership for sustainability education at PSU. Ellen grew up in North Carolina and received a bachelors degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina Charlotte. During her years in undergrad, Ellen aided and led many projects that assisted the advancement of environmental sustainability within the university and community. As an avid trash-talker, her interests lie in waste minimization and educating the public about sustainable practices. Outside of work and school, Ellen enjoys various creative projects, traveling, and live shows.

 

Blake Reynolds

Blake joined CES in April 2014 to work on the CLEAResult residential energy study, where is currently the project lead. He brings his commitment to energy efficiency and experience in building science to support energy and resource conservation partnerships. Blake is currently pursuing a Masters of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering at PSU to enable him to work in the energy services field. Prior to engineering school, he worked in Boston at an educational start-up as a data analyst. Blake holds a B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University with a focus in race and urban studies.

 

Gretchen Sandau

Gretchen has been with CES since summer of 2013 and is a project lead for Material Assessments and in training for project lead on the Single Family Can Weight. She has also worked on the New Seasons Sustainability Integration project, the Whole Foods Comprehensive Analysis, the KEEN Footwear Comprehensive Analysis project, and the Portland Event Recycling program. She completed her BA in Community Development from PSU and will be pursuing graduate school at PSU in the future.  In her free time she likes to do various art projects, cook and eat delicious food, and go for walks around this great city of Portland.

 

Grace Stainback

Grace joined CES in August of 2014 as a project support staff for the EPA grant Pollution Prevention Project in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resources Center and the EcoBiz program. Grace also works on Material Assessments at CES from time to time. She is in her first year pursuing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at PSU. Prior to returning to school, Grace worked as an English teacher and at community development organizations domestically and abroad, and is excited to participate in outreach on behalf of CES in multicultural settings. She also works at a local craft distillery and enjoys brewing kombucha at home, and has thus has become something of a flavor wizard.

 

Tay Stone

Tay joined CES in October of 2014 and is currently working as project support staff on CES Material Assessments. She is majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. Her desired focus is sustainability project management and environmental policy. She is also a Freshman Inquiry Race and Social Justice Peer Mentor through the University Studies department. In her very small amount of spare time, she likes to volunteer with the Sustainability Volunteer Program, read and write poetry, all-style dance, and watch Netflix with her dog, Ollie.

 

D.H. Strongheart 

D.H. joined the CES team in August of 2013 as project support staff for the OMSI Sustainability Project. Currently, D.H. is the project lead for the City of Portland Single Family Can Weight Study. He holds an M.S. degree in Strategic Sustainable Development from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden) and a B.A. in Documentary Studies (College of Santa Fe). D.H. is committed to identifying and activating key leverage points to help our global society transition towards a just and sustainable future, a commitment which has led him to pursue ongoing and lifelong research in the many fields related to sustainable development, and, most recently, to the MURP program at PSU, where he began studies in the fall of 2013.

 

Kaileigh Westermann

Kaileigh joined CES as the Outreach Coordinator for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project (PTAP) in June 2014. Kaileigh grew up in the Puget Sound region and studied Environmental Science at Willamette University. During her time as an undergrad, Kaileigh worked with Kitsap County Stormwater Management developing stormwater best management practices and conducted her thesis on establishing those best management practices with the City of Salem. Kaileigh is pursuing her Master's at PSU in Leadership for Sustainability Education with a focus on education and outreach. In her free time she likes to try new local restaurants and breweries, stay active, and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Regina Xiong

Regina joined the CES team in 2014. She provides office assistance to CES and will be plugging in on other CES projects in the near future. She is currently attending PSU in pursuit of receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Studies.