Our staff, board members, and volunteer cadre come from diverse backgrounds and experiences but we are bound together by a strong commitment to providing the basic rights of potable water and electricity. We believe that access to these most basic services gives families a solid platform to grow out of poverty. We are bikers, hikers, movers and shakers and we believe we can and are changing the world in small yet important ways.
Anna Garwood, Executive Director
Anna Garwood has worked with Green Empowerment since 2001. As the Latin America Program Manager she worked closely with our NGO partners to coordinate trainings, develop project proposals, secure resources, and manage project implementation. She lived and worked from Cajamarca, Peru in and out of the offices of our partner Soluciones Practicas -ITDG from 2008-2009 on a range of renewable energy and water projects including small wind, biogas digesters, micro-hydro and water projects. She specializes in community management models to improve the sustainability of projects. Anna studied in Venezuela and developed a Women’s Leadership Program with the Central American Solar Energy Project. From this rewarding experience Anna gained fluency in Spanish and an essential cultural understanding invaluable to programmatic work. She has a BA from the University of Virginia in Anthropology and Spanish.
Anna can be reached at email@example.com or (503) 284-5774
Dexter Gauntlett, Program and Resource Development Manager
Dexter Gauntlett has worked with Green Empowerment since 2005, starting as an intern, before directing Service Learning, and later as a member of the Board. He recently served as a Reuss Fellow in the Philippines where he worked alongside our local partners to expand our presence in Asia through proposal writing, donor cultivation, and new program development.
Dexter has extensive experience in the nexus between renewable energy and international development. He lived and worked in Tajikistan and Sri Lanka with other larger organizations for long enough to know what makes a project successful. Dexter is also a clean-tech industry analyst and consultant. Previously, he was Business Development & Marketing Manager with Clean Edge, a research and advisory firm focused on the clean-tech industry. Before that, a senior sales associate at Green Mountain Energy. Dexter holds a degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles, minoring in Ultimate Frisbee.
Dexter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 284-5774
Emily Green, Program Director
Emily Green brings her diverse experience as a manager of international development programs in Latin America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. In this capacity, she worked with in-country partners, communities, and government counterparts to improve agricultural productivity and social service delivery. As Green Empowerment's Program Director, Emily works with our NGO partners overseas to ensure the successful implementation and sustainable expansion of existing projects.
Fleeing her native Pittsburgh (203 cloudy days/year), but never her beloved Steelers, Emily received a BA from Pomona College in International Relations and a MA from Stanford University in International Policy Studies. She has also studied and conducted research at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish.
Emily can be reached at email@example.com or (503) 284-5774.
Michel Maupoux, Technical Director
Michel Maupoux was born and raised in France. After his French engineering degree, he spent six months backpacking through South America, and two years teaching math and Spanish in West Africa. He then worked several years in a small French pump manufacturing company, where he designed an innovative solar photovoltaic pumping system. He moved to the USA in 1979, spending two years as a research assistant in the Solar Energy Applications Lab of Colorado State University at Fort Collins, CO, and wrote his MS-ME thesis there on a solar grain drying application.
He spent 1982 through 2004 at Hewlett-Packard, in engineering, marketing, service & support, and management, in the US Pacific Northwest, France, and Switzerland, working with people of many nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds. With Green Empowerment, Michel has provided the design and installation of solar water pumping systems in Nicaragua, and the Philippines, and community solar electrification in Peru. He has taught workshops on solar photovoltaic systems and water pumping systems for remote communities in Peru, Ecuador, and the USA in English and in Spanish.
Michel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (503) 284-5774.
Caitlyn Peake, Nicaraguan Program Coordinator
Since 2009, Caitlyn Peake has worked with Green Empowerment in Nicaragua. As the Nicaragua Program Coordinator, Caitlyn works with our local partners to develop, coordinate, implement and sustainably expand new and existing projects. Caitlyn organizes and leads various service learning groups, donors and interns who come to contribute to local projects. Starting as a Green Empowerment intern, Caitlyn saw a need in rural households for clean cooking technology and has helped our local partners to develop improved cookstove programs. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is spending time in the local communities, developing relationships with the families and watching their lives transform with access to water, electricity and smoke-free homes. Caitlyn has her BS from Portland State University in Environmental Science.
Caitlyn can be reached at email@example.com.
Sherri Phillips, Communications Manager
Sherri brings over ten years’ experience to Green Empowerment (GE) as a marketing, communications, and public relations professional. Sherri’s work to promote the mission and success at GE aims to attract resources and outreach to more first-class volunteers. Behind the scenes, her talents result in smoother administrative operations, along with the strategy, design and implementation of collateral, social media, website, and reporting. Sherri served as an Economic Development volunteer with Peace Corps Kazakhstan from 2001 – 2003. Following, she continued her Russian language studies overseas at St. Petersburg State. Sherri holds a BS in Marketing from Northeastern University.
Sherri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 284-5774.
Aaron Liss, Technical Program Manager
Aaron came to Green Empowerment in 2010 as an intern with AsoFenix in Nicaragua. He has a long history of tinkering and exploration, from building towers out of butter packets in restaurants to dismantling and assembling his parents’ appliances. Before having a name for it, he was always an engineer. Aaron’s experience working on international development projects began in Bolivia with Engineers Without Borders on an irrigation and improved cookstove project and continued with trips to Haiti, Brazil, and Argentina.
Interning for a year with AsoFenix, Green Empowerment’s partner in Nicaragua, Aaron designed, developed, and repaired a variety of renewable energy and clean water systems. Now, as the Technical Program Manager for Green Empowerment, Aaron teaches renewable energy courses, designs electrification and clean water projects, researches new technologies, applies for grants, works with the multi-country networks, co-runs the service learning program, and travels to GE’s partners’ projects with groups and on installation trips.
Aaron has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. He has always believed in the power of engineering to impact lives and feels lucky to be able to follow that passion with Green Empowerment.
Aaron can be reached at email@example.com or at (503) 284-5774.
Amy Reaney, Financial Manager
Amy works closely with the Executive Director to ensure Green Empowerment’s overall financial well-being and to ensure that contributions are prudently managed in accordance with donor intent and in furtherance of GE’s mission. Prior to joining GE, Amy spent ten years with the Oregon Community Foundation, where she gained experience in accounting, finance, non-profit administration, and providing high-quality donor services. Amy also worked for a Portland-based mentoring organization serving at-risk youth, a natural products company, and Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. Amy holds a degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (503) 284-5774.
Jojo Fajardo, Philippines Program Manager
Jojo Fajardo has over 35 years of community development work experience. Jojo started his development work as a community organizer, trainer, and grant proposal writer. Jojo has extensive management and consulting experience with international NGOs and donor agencies.
Jojo’s interests and expertise include water sanitation, health, social enterprise, renewable energy, environmental and natural resource management, children, women, disaster risk reduction and emergency assistance, sustainable agriculture, indigenous peoples, and PWD. He has a Master’s Degree in Community Development from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from James Cook University, Australia.
Jojo can be reached at email@example.com
Gabriel Wynn, Borneo Program Manager
Gabe is a great example of what Green Empowerment interns carry forward to other organizations after their internship. During his internship for Green Empowerment, Gabe went to Malaysia to create work plans, budgets and reports on current projects. He went on to create a wonderful video documentary of the micro-hydro work in process there.
Gabe was a natural choice for Green Empowerment. He was born and raised in Indonesia. He has a double major in Anthropology and Environmental Science and he brought a wealth of knowledge from his prior research at the Warm Springs Reservation on how mega-hydro dams have affected Native American populations.
Gabe went on to his current job working in Borneo, Malaysia doing project management and coordination in both micro-hydro and solar renewable energy for LEAP, a local NGO whose mission is to develop renewable energy in the region. He is currently organizing the Southeast Asia Renewable Energy People’s Assembly scheduled for October as well as organizing an anti-dam campaign in Sarawak. He is using the connections he established as an intern and the skills he learned in community based resource management every day in his new position.
Thanks to all our Volunteers that make our projects possible! Seriously, you are the tick to our tock.