Mural created by students of Escuela Superio de Formación Artística Mario Urteaga – Cajamarca, Perú
Board of Directors 2013
Green Empowerment’s Board of Directors has a long history of involvement with, and commitment to, access to clean water, renewable energy, and social justice issues all over the world.
Left to right: Kathy Fry, Michael Grenier, Eli Lamb, David Van’t Hof, Peter Murchie, Ben Vitale, Linda Boise, Marc Heisterkamp, Michael Royce, Francie Royce. Not present: Richard Benner, Erick Petersen and Georgina Bukenya Fields.
Peter Murchie, Board Chair
Peter Murchie has worked for the World Health Organization, the International Joint Commission, the Policy Consensus Initiative/National Policy Consensus Center and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using collaborative approaches to solve environmental health issues. Currently, at the EPA, Peter helped start and led the West Coast Collaborative, a partnership among leaders from federal, state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental groups working to promote sustainable transportation and goods movement along the West Coast. Peter was also the Regional Clean Energy and Green Economy Advisor and member of the EPA Regional Climate Team. Peter recently led an effort at the Policy Consensus Initiative and the National Policy Consensus Center based at Portland State University that supported state and local leaders in using public-private collaboration to implement climate and clean energy strategies and projects. Peter earned a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan.
Michael Royce, Founder
Michael Royce is a social justice activist, attorney, energy consultant, writer and nonprofit executive. Mr. Royce was a trial lawyer from 1979-1995 with the firm of Royce, Swanson, Thomas, and Coon. He has had extensive experience with founding and leading non-profit organizations, including provision of legal and general corporate advice. He has served as a Director and President of the Magrath Energy Corporation, a Canadian renewable energy company, from 1986 to 2006. He founded Green Empowerment with others in 1997 and served as Executive Director from 1997 until July, 2006, and as Chair of the Board since 2006. He has led or participated in human rights delegations to El Salvador and Nicaragua, served as Vice-President of the National Lawyers Guild, organized a cooperative for traditional crafts in Kentucky, personally participated in international development projects in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines, Indonesia, Borneo (Malaysia), and the Thai-Burma border, and served on the boards of various environmental organizations. He has a deep commitment to internationalism and the environment based on principles of social justice and equality.
Francie Royce, Secretary
Francie Royce spent over 23 years with the City of Portland in various positions from City Planner, Annexation Coordinator to Project Manager focusing on alternative transportation programs and policy development. While completing her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, she interned with Instituto Nacional de Vivienda y Urbanismo in Costa Rica. For many years she has been an activist and board member with a wide range of community and international groups, including leading a successful effort to temporarily raise the Business Income Tax to support public schools, the Zimbabwe Arts Project, and Oregonians Against the War. She is also a founding member of both the Portland-Corinto Sister City Association and the npGreenway, a trail advocacy group. Since leaving regular employment she has been delighted to have some free lance travel articles published and to contract as an event coordinator for a non-profit.
Kathy Fry recently moved back to the US after living for 25 years in the South Pacific working with community development NGOs, including the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International and Counterpart International. She has a masters in International Management and Administration from the School for International Training and is currently working at Mercy Corps as the Regional Program Director for Latin America. Kathy’s experience in program development and evaluation, as well as institutional fundraising has been a great help to Green Empowerment.
Richard Benner serves in the Office of Metro Attorney and advises Metro on urban growth management and transportation. Between 1991 and 2001 he served as Director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, the state agency that oversees the Oregon statewide land use planning program. Before that, he was the Executive Director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission during the time (1987-1991) the commission developed a management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. He spent 12 years as Senior Staff Attorney with 1000 Friends of Oregon. Mr. Benner currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Oregon Law School.
Linda Boise is a health planner, educator, advocate, and researcher who has worked in community service and health programs for the over 35 years. In the 1970’s she was a health and food advocate, and senior planner for an Area Agency on Aging. In the 1980’s she worked as a community development specialist. Over the past twenty years, in her role as director of education at the OHSU Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, she has studied how health care is delivered for persons with dementia and their families and has developed and evaluated model primary care programs. Linda has a strong interest in community-based approaches to improving the health of older adults and families from low-income and diverse ethnic communities. She has been a leader in the health reform campaign of the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG), a researcher and evaluator with the African Partnership for Health, and is currently co-chair of PreSERVE, a coalition that seeks to improve the brain health of African Americans aged 55 and older through education and community-based research. Linda’s volunteer service with Green Empowerment began in 2009 when she led a fundraising campaign to support building a solar water system in a village in Nicaragua. In 2011 and 2012, she traveled to Nicaragua to assess health care services available to residents of the village. In 2013, she led a task force to develop recommendations for incorporating health outcomes assessment into Green Empowerment’s energy and water projects. Linda has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Urban and Social Policy from Portland State University.
Marc is a green building and sustainable business leader with a passion for bringing together disparate stakeholders and bridging industry divides to find profitable and innovative ways to use business for environmental and social benefit. Marc has been a staff leader at the U.S. Green Building Council for much of the last 10 years, helping to grow the organization from a small start up non-profit to the global movement that the organization represents today. Specifically, Marc is the Director of Strategic Accounts at USGBC, responsible for strategy and business development in a number of different vertical markets, including commercial real estate, finance and multi-disciplinary design and consulting firms. Marc also spent two years as Vice President and Sustainability Manager at Bank of America where he was responsible for green leasing and LEED for Existing Building programs on a 120 million square foot real estate portfolio.
Marc has a Bachelors of Science in Biology & Natural Resources and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a proud Pacific Northwest native and resides in Portland, OR with his wife Heather.
Eli owns a small renewable energy and management consulting company: Green Lightning Consulting, LLC. He is promoting Oregon tax reform centered on taxing the carbon content of fossil fuels and is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Portland. Eli’s specialties– research, writing, financial analysis, and energy economics and policy — enable him to develop and compare alternative approaches to economics and energy policy. His BA in Philosophy and Computer Science is from Kansas University and his MS in CS is from Indiana University. After 20 years managing systems software development at AT&T, Sun Microsystems, and Intel, Eli received a graduate certificate in Energy Economics and Policy from Portland State University.
Michael has over 12 years of renewable energy, project development, project finance and environmental policy experience. He has direct, hands-on experience with the acquisition, development, design, financing and construction of over 8,000 MW of distributed and utility-scale solar and wind projects in the United States, Canada and Europe, including the first utility-scale solar PV project in Canada and the first wind farm in Idaho. Mike earned a BA with honors in Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Erick Petersen is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Demand Energy a leader in the rapidly emerging market for energy storage. Prior to joining Demand Energy, Erick was part of the leadership team that turned around and built PV Powered to become the leading solar inverter company in North America. As their VP of Sales and Marketing, Erick led their dramatic growth in market share that led to the eventual acquisition by Advanced Energy in 2010. Before joining PV Powered and Advanced Energy, Erick spent 10 years at Planar Systems, where he built the business from zero to $100M in three years. Erick holds a BS degree from Oregon State University, and graduated from the Advanced Executive Program of the Kellogg Graduate School of Business Administration at Northwestern University.
Georgina Bukenya Fields
Georgina is the International Program Director at the Vibrant Village Foundation. Georgina has experience in international development law, global health, economic development, organizational development, and program and grants management. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and Malawi and has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Benin and Sudan. In her previous roles, Georgina worked with Mrs. Graça Machel, international advocate for women’s and children’s rights, on pediatric HIV/AIDS issues. She has advocated for legislation, funding and programs aimed at tackling gender-based violence in East Africa, provided legal aid services to the National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (NACWOLA) and co-founded a Ugandan community-based organization dedicated to early childhood programs and community development. Georgina enjoys watching foreign films, eating ethnic food, traveling, and reading Jane Austen, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Laura Lippman novels.
Ben Vitale, Treasurer
Ben Vitale is a carbon market expert and an experienced executive, with over 20 years of executive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Before joining The Climate Trust as President, Ben served as Managing Director of the Conservation and Community Carbon Fund at Conservation International (CI), where he worked with the private sector to develop climate change solutions and new financial instruments that create business value and achieve measurable climate change results. He supported the development of conservation carbon projects in biodiversity hotspots around the world including Ecuador, China, and Brazil. Ben has served as an adviser for Ecosystem Marketplace, the Chicago Climate Exchange, and Patagonia Sur, among others. Ben holds a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.