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Institute for Sustainable Solutions Staff

Jennifer Allen
503-725-9940 |

Jennifer provides strategic direction and oversight for all of ISS’ initiatives and programs. She works closely with staff and other members of the PSU community to ensure sustainability programs have the greatest possible impact for students, faculty, and community partners. As an associate professor in the Hatfield School of Government, Jennifer also teaches graduate courses in environmental and natural resource policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University. When not avidly supporting PSU’s sustainability efforts, Jennifer is likely to be found walking her dogs, kayaking with her husband, hiking, biking, or reading mystery novels.


Fletcher Beaudoin
Assistant Director
503-784-5981 |

Fletcher develops interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships that provide faculty and students opportunities to connect with sustainability issues in the community. He assists with strategic planning for sustainability research and funding, manages a regional partnership of organizations focused on ecosystem services, and advises for a variety of campus-level sustainability initiatives. He holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy and Energy Policy from Columbia University. When he’s not collaborating on how to make the Northwest even greener, Fletcher can be found brewing beer, sprinting on the soccer field, or biking around Portland.


Scott Shlaes 
Director of Development for Sustainability Initiatives 
503-725-2998 |

Scott works to support sustainability efforts across the university by identifying programmatic resource needs and creating and implementing funding plans. This work allows Scott to connect the priorities of philanthropic individuals, foundations, and corporations with those of PSU. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster, and enjoys spending time with his family, hiking the wonders of the Pacific Northwest, as well as cooking for friends and family.


Christina Williams
Communications Director
503-725-9982 |

Christina works to broadcast far and wide the many stories that illustrate Portland State University’s cross-discipline excellence in sustainability. She directs communication strategy for the Institute for Sustainable Solutions alongside its many partners both on and off campus. Christina has a Master of Journalism from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California Santa Cruz. When not plotting ways to turn up the volume on sustainability at PSU, Christina enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the world with her sweet son and taking part in all the typical Portlandian pursuits—camping, hiking, eating, drinking, and holding forth on a range of topics with good friends.


Laura Gleim
Communications Coordinator
503-725-2699 |

Laura works with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to promote awareness of Portland State’s diverse sustainability initiatives and opportunities. She manages the ISS website and e-newsletter, writes and edits articles and blogs, promotes sustainability events and opportunities, and develops print and digital outreach materials. Laura recently completed a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing at Portland State and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. When she’s not sharing the stories of the people and programs that make sustainability a reality at PSU, she enjoys exploring different cultures and landscapes, hiking, biking, baking oatmeal cookies, sipping red wine, and reading well-edited books.


Heather Spalding 
Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator 

503-725-5598 |  

Heather oversees the Sustainability Leadership Center (SLC), a department that bridges student life and sustainability at PSU. Through events, partnerships, field trips, and programs such as the Sustainability Volunteer Program and the EcoRep Program, the SLC offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities for students. Heather also works to integrate sustainability into PSU’s Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division. She has a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University and is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education. When not collaborating to create culture shifts at PSU, Heather can be found gardening, reading, writing, thinking about systems, creating art, hiking, practicing yoga, and taking care of her ducks.


Jacob Sherman 
Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator
503-725-9120 |

Jacob works to better integrate sustainability into curriculum at Portland State by creating applied projects where students can put their sustainability education to action, both on campus and in the community. He manages PSU’s Living Lab and Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, leads faculty development programming, and guides strategic planning, implementation, and assessment of the University’s sustainability curriculum. Jacob holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University. When he is not working with professors and local organizations to plan the next community-based student project, Jacob can be found serving as the chair of his neighborhood association, chasing chickens out of his garden, backpacking through amazing landscapes, or playing board games with his wife, son, and (soon to be) newborn baby... alright, the baby doesn’t play board games! Not yet, anyway. 


Elizabeth Lloyd-Pool
Program Manager
503-725-8556 |

Beth manages ISS’ internal operations and programs to promote sustainability research and education across the campus and community. A PSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, she has over 10 years of experience working at the University. She administers the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, manages various funding opportunities for faculty and students, and helps develop strategic planning and assessment of sustainability initiatives. When she’s not gastronomically musing at a local restaurant, Beth is out hiking, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors with her family.


Tania Hoode
Program Assistant
503-725-9940 |

Tania provides administrative support for the Institute’s internal operations, making sure that details behind the scenes are completed in a timely manner. She also offers a friendly face at our front desk and keeps the office running smoothly. Tania holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College and is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA). In her spare time, Tania enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, gardening, reading, walking, camping, taking outdoor photos, and occasionally beading and playing guitar.


Dawn Larson
Financial Director
503-516-4105 |

Dawn manages financial budgeting and reporting, human resources, and targeted program funding for the Institute. Her primary focus is working with ISS staff to budget, manage, and report on the Miller Foundation gift, which includes a matching component to support sustainability initiatives at PSU. Dawn also works closely with the Research and Strategic Partnerships (RSP) Office at PSU to advance research initiatives by assisting faculty with proposal development and award implementation. She has a Master of Science and Technology from Oregon Health and Sciences University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Michigan State University. In addition to spending time at PSU with forward-thinking faculty, staff, and students, Dawn can be found gardening, traveling, knitting, parenting college-aged kids, and hanging out with her Chihuahuas.


Students and Post-Graduate Fellows

Monica Cuneo
Post-Graduate Fellow, Food Systems

Monica works with food systems stakeholders both on campus and in the community to investigate the possibility of creating a food systems degree or certificate program at Portland State. She is also co-coordinating a series of food justice dialogues aimed at engaging the local community. Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Sustainable Agriculture Theory, Practice, and Policy from The Evergreen State College, and recently completed a Master of Public Health at Portland State. When not at ISS, she is busy at Oregon Public Health Institute working on the Healthy Damascus Food Plan and at the United Way as project manager of the 2013-14 grants making process. That leaves just enough time for cooking and eating delicious foods with friends, bike riding, movie watching, cat snuggling, and the occasional hike in the woods.


Anna Dearman 
Graduate Assistant, Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

Anna helps connect PSU faculty, staff, and students with community partners to collaborate on course projects, research, and internships that help advance the work of Portland neighborhood organizations on urban sustainability, through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. A recent graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a B.A. in English, Anna is currently pursuing the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program at Portland State, specializing in transportation planning. When she's not enjoying the view from her window at ISS, Anna is discovering the Pacific Northwest, training for the next race, or experimenting with recipes.


Jen Turner
Post-Graduate Fellow, Urban Sustainability

Jen is working to advance Portland State’s urban sustainability research and curriculum, focusing on neighborhood-scale sustainability projects that encourage cross-sector, cross-discipline, and cross-community relationships. She is also a community coordinator for New Seasons Market and is eager to forge connections between this work and her work at ISS. Jen recently completed a Master of Urban Studies at PSU, where her research focused on equity and sustainability, particularly in urban food systems. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and American Studies from American University. In her spare moments between ISS and New Seasons Market, Jen spends her time immersed in Portland’s bustling food and drink culture, snuggling with her parents’ golden retriever, and blithely contemplating the details of her upcoming wedding.


Research Professors

Britt Crow-Miller
Research Assistant Professor

Britt's research is focused on the question of how power and politics shape the social and environmental impacts of resource management schemes and work to shape and constrain development pathways in China and beyond. Her recent work examines the underlying political-economic agendas driving China's South-North Water Transfer Project, the world's largest water control project to date. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 2013, holds a Master of Arts in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies from Bard College. Beyond research and teaching, Britt enjoys exploring the great restaurants and breweries of Portland and traveling with her family.


Sean Gordon
Research Assistant Professor
503-808-2698 | 

Sean studies the design and use of information systems for supporting natural resource decisions. His current work involves developing assessment and prioritization models for the Northwest Forest Plan and the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project. He is also studying how natural resource data is used in landscape and urban decision making, and teaches a course on urban ecology for the PSU Honors program. Sean has a Ph.D. from the Oregon State College of Forestry, as well as a Master of Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Computer Science from Yale University. When not working, Sean cheers his son’s soccer team, jogs with his dog, and imagines getting back into gardening.


Rebecca McLain
Research Assistant Professor
971-570-3294 |

Rebecca studies the effects of forest management practices on human and natural communities. She is currently exploring GIS techniques for mapping cultural values associated with Pacific Northwest ecosystems, and is studying the policy barriers to integrating non-timber forest products into urban ecosystem management. Rebecca has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s College of Forestry, a Master of Science in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas-Austin. When not working, Rebecca enjoys gathering fruit and firewood in southeast Portland, picking wild mushrooms in the Cascades, and reading detective novels.