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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 focuses on sustainability research, education, and community engagement, working to build links between the PSU community and sustainability practitioners. He develops programs focused on scaling applied research and curriculum across the university, serves as a convener and connector for advancing collaborative actions for addressing complex sustainability issues, cultivates university-practitioner partnerships around topics of urban sustainability and ecosystem services, and provides the day-to-day management of the Institute’s activities and programs. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from the University of Oregon and his 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 newborn baby... alright, the baby doesn’t play board games! Not yet, anyway. 


Monica Cuneo
Health Equity Project Manager

Monica collaborates with PSU staff, faculty, and community partners to develop projects that focus on addressing health equity in our region. She works closely with the Center for Public Health Studies to convene the Food is Hope, Food is Health Collaborative, a cross-sector group focused on developing food systems-based strategies to address the developmental origins of health and disease. She is also working to develop a graduate certificate in food systems. Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Sustainable Agriculture Theory, Practice, and Policy from The Evergreen State College, and a Master of Public Health from Portland State University. When not at ISS, Monica is busy enjoying culinary delights, working on endless house projects, bike riding, movie watching, book reading, cat snuggling, ocean staring, and forest hiking.


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.


Graduate Assistants

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.


Amanda Davidowitz
Foster Green Coordinator, Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

Amanda works as a coordinator for Portland’s Foster Green district through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. In this role she adds administrative capacity to the district and also functions as a liaison between Foster Green and PSU, building relationships in southeast Portland and facilitating student and faculty sustainability projects that benefit the community. Amanda moved to Portland from New York City during the summer of 2013 to attend PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, which she plans to complete along with a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability in the spring of 2015. In her free time she enjoys getting lost in Powell’s Books, volunteering with the ILFI/Cascadia Green Building Council, attending theater and concerts with her friends, enthusiastically watching TED Talks, and meeting new people.


Research Professors

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.