Our Team

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Our Team

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Nujhat Ahmed

Nujhat Ahmed

Nujhat Ahmed, MA, Training Associate
nujhat@pdx.edu | (503) 725-8116

Nujhat supports training development and planning; manages communications with trainees, trainers, and training partners; assists with training delivery and evaluation; and serves as student and faculty liaison.

Brett Brownscombe

Brett Brownscombe

Brett Brownscombe, JD, Senior Project Manager
brownscombe@pdx.edu | (503) 725-8114

Brett oversees the underlying governance structure and NPCC team that support the SageCon Partnership project and manages several other Oregon Consensus projects.

Pete Dalke

Pete Dalke

Pete Dalke, MBA, Oregon Solutions Project Manager
dalke@pdx.edu | (503) 341-5547

Pete’s work focuses on developing and implementing multi-agency collaborative solutions for natural resource management challenges.

Amy Delahanty

Amy Delahanty

Amy Delahanty, MSW, Project Manager
amy.delahanty@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9077

Amy conducts assessments and designs and facilitates collaborative processes with agencies and their publics. She has conducted research and assisted with statewide projects.

Karmen Fore

Karmen Fore

Karmen Fore, MA, Oregon Solutions Director
kfore@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9095

As Oregon Solutions Director, Karmen oversees collaborative processes to implement sustainable community solutions. She oversees program development and staff.

Sarah Giles

Sarah Giles

Sarah Giles, MFA, Project Manager
sarahgiles@pdx.edu | (202) 381-0734

Sarah leads communication efforts and manages projects for NPCC’s program Oregon's Kitchen Table. She also researches and writes on a range of issues related to collaborative governance.

Steve Greenwood

Steve Greenwood

Steve Greenwood, MPA, Director of Training and Academic Services
sgreenw@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9097

Steve oversees the center's training and academic services. He has a wide range of experience with collaborative processes on local, statewide and regional issues.

Angela Handran

Angela Handran

Angela Handran, MBA, Operations Director
ahandran@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9092

Angela provides administrative and operational support to the center. She ensures smooth operation of NPCC’s programs and oversees operations staff.

Peter Harkema

Peter Harkema

Peter Harkema, MA, Oregon Consensus Director
pharkema@pdx.edu | (503) 725-8191

Peter oversees conflict resolution services, program development, and staff. He leads consensus-seeking processes that help groups resolve complex policy issues. He also teaches collaborative governance.

Robin Harkless

Robin Harkless

Robin Harkless, MS, Oregon Consensus Project Manager
hrobin@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9099

Robin conducts assessments, and designs and facilitates collaborative processes with agencies and their publics on complex natural resource and public health policy issues.

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Cat McGinnis

Cat McGinnis, MS, Communications Project Manager
mcginnc@pdx.edu | (503) 381-9812

Cat provides document writing, editing, and layout for NPCC, manages project tracking and reporting, manages center websites, and provides other program and project support.

Rebecca McLain

Rebecca McLain

Rebecca McLain, PhD, Director of Research
mclainrj@pdx.edu

Rebecca directs NPCC’s applied research program to improve on-the-ground practice and advance thinking in the field of collaborative governance.

 

Turner Odell

Turner Odell

Turner Odell, JD, Senior Project Manager
todell@pdx.edu | (503) 725-8200

Turner conducts assessments of public policy situations and provides skilled facilitation to help groups negotiate complex policy issues. He also teaches collaborative governance.

Steven Ostling

Steven Ostling

Steven Ostling, BS, Budget Accountant
sostling@pdx.edu | (503) 725-8195

Steven provides fiscal support to the center. He monitors the center-wide budget and provides budgetary data to the departments within the center and tracks projects to ensure costs are within budget.

Manuel Padilla

Manuel Padilla

Manuel Padilla, MA, Oregon Solutions Project Manager
manuelpadilla@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9971

Manuel conducts assessments and designs and facilitates collaborative processes with agencies and their publics on complex public policy issues.

Mika Sakai

Mika Sakai

Mika Sakai, Office Manager, NPCC
mika@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9077

Mika provides administrative, operations, and accounting support for the center, and engages in creating the best working environment for all NPCC staff.

Laurel Singer

Laurel Singer

Laurel Singer, MSW, LPC, NPCC Executive Director
laurels@pdx.edu | (503) 725-8224

Laurel leads state and national programs that provide conflict resolution, community engagement, applied research, and training in collaborative governance. She teaches collaborative governance internationally.

Jennah Stillman

Jennah Stillman

Jennah Stillman, Project Associate
jennah@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9928

Jennah provides project support to Oregon Consensus and Oregon Solutions, assisting with assessments and collaborative processes. 

 

Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis, JD, Director of Civic Engagement
wwillis@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9077

Wendy founded and directs Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a statewide engagement platform designed to give Oregonians a voice in their community and state. She is also the Executive Director of Kitchen Table Democrac

Kristen Wright

Kristen Wright

Kristen Wright, MPA, Project Manager
kjwright@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9078

Kristen conducts assessments and facilitates collaborative processes with multi-sector groups on complex public policy issues. She also conducts research and teaches collaborative governance to university students and professionals.

Larissa Zens

Larissa Zens

Larissa Zens, BS, BA, Accountant
zens@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9071

Larissa provides fiscal and operational support to the center, focusing on contracts, invoices, and receivables. She works directly with staff, vendors, and contractors to ensure accurate entry of financial information.

Associated Faculty

Jennifer Allen, PhD, Hatfield School of Government

Jennifer Allen is associate professor of public administration in the Hatfield School of Government. Her areas of research encompass environmental and natural resource policy and administration and sustainable economic development, with particular focus on non-regulatory approaches to toxics management, collaborative natural resource management, and rural-urban connections. She teaches in the environmental and natural resource specialization in the master's in public administration program and in the graduate certificate in sustainability program.

Jennifer was part of the team that launched PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions in 2006, and she served as director until 2015. She has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She currently serves on the board of Illahee and has previously served on the boards of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc., the Portland Sustainability Institute and the Food Alliance.

She holds degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and George Mason University.

 

Direlle R. Calica, JD, Institute for Tribal Government

Direlle Calica is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She is of Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakama, Molalla, and Snoqualamie tribal descent. She is the owner and managing partner of Kanim Associates LLC, which is a Native American-, women-, and veteran-owned company located in Oregon with an office in Colorado. Kanim Associates LLC provides environmental, energy, entrepreneur, and art/culture expertise services to tribal, government, professional, and organizational clients.

Direlle has more than twenty years of experience as a legislative, policy, planning, and regulatory advisor, and she is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. She has worked in the field of tribal relations for the US Attorney’s Office (District of Oregon) and the US Army Corps of Engineers and has been an advisor to various Indian Tribes on external relations. Direlle also has extensive professional experience in intergovernmental affairs, hydro-system planning related to tribes, water management, environmental entrepreneurship, and tribal energy policy. She has also served as a White House Intern and as a Mark O. Hatfield Congressional Fellow in the US Senate. Direlle has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Indian Law Program at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, where she received her Juris Doctorate with a focus on Federal Indian Law, Business and Natural Resource law. In addition to serving as an Oregon Native American Chamber board member, she serves as a member of the board of directors for the Northwest Energy Coalition, council member on the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, and she is a Bonneville Environmental Foundation director emeritus. Direlle is also faculty and director of the Institute for Tribal Government at the Center for Public Service, Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

 

Connie Ozawa, PhD, College of Urban and Public Affairs

Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs
Director, PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program

PhD, Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA, Geography, University of Hawaii
BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Connie Ozawa researches and teaches about the ways in which information is integrated into public decision making in the areas of environmental policy and resource management. Connie has published articles on mediated negotiations in the Journal of Planning Education and Research and Conflict Resolution Quarterly, several book chapters on collaborative processes, and a book, Recasting Science: Consensual Procedures in Science-Intensive Public Policy Making. Connie served as director of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning from 2009 to 2015.

 

Craig Shinn, PhD, Hatfield School of Government

Emeritus Professor, Public Administration
Coordinator, Division of Public Administration, Master in Public Administration Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Management

PhD, University of Washington
Master of Public Administration, Lewis & Clark College
BS, University of Maine

Craig Shinn's research interests center on questions of environmental governance, collaboration, civic capacity, organization and institutions, social aspects of sustainability, and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources.

 

Birol A. Yeşilada, Ph.D. Hatfield School of Government

Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies
Principal coordinator of PSU’s National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity for the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Yeşilada is a professor of political science and international studies at Portland State University (PSU). He also holds the endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies. He is the principal coordinator of PSU’s National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity for the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. He is vice president of the International Studies Association and is a member of the TransResearch Consortium. Previously he served as Director of the Middle East Studies Center at PSU (2014-17).

Dr. Yeşilada’s research covers global power transition, cybersecurity and cyber defense policies, international conflict resolution, the European Union, Cyprus, and Turkey. His publications include eleven books and over thirty articles and book chapters. He has been an invited policy consultant at the US State Department, national defense agencies of the US government, the Council on Foreign Relations, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Nathan Associates, Barclays Capital, the World Bank, and is an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council. In 2003, he was invited by the White House and participated in writing the new Constitution of Afghanistan.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland and past-president of the Rotary Club of Tigard, Oregon.