A diverse network of students and professionals in Portland working locally to make an impact globally

Green Empowerment’s Associate Board gives young adults a clear pathway to volunteer service in Portland, builds the capacity of our city’s future leaders and infuses our work with new and creative ideas that amplify our impact. This group convenes on a monthly basis at the Green Empowerment office in downtown Portland to:

Advise on Green Empowerment initiatives and efforts to increase our visibility
Build skills and learn more about international development and sustainability
Expand their professional networks and connect with others who share their values
Make a meaningful difference to the communities we support around the world

Current members

In addition to the shared activities above, current members have individual work plans to ensure their unique interests are fulfilled through this program – from improving Spanish language skills to learning more about renewable technologies to participating in local advocacy.

Ary Hashim, Student at Lewis & Clark University
Caitlin Horsley, Sustainability Manager at Portland General Electric
Carly Vendegna, Program Analyst at TRC
Ferman Mock, Local and Regional Marketing Associate at Vacasa
Gabriella Narvaez, Associate Creative Director at AnalogFolk
Kate Schoof, Senior Marketing Specialist at 3Degrees
Paul Hawkins, Contractor at Bonneville Power Administration
Slok Gyawali, Senior Associate at 3Degrees
Melanie Billings-Yun, Board Liaison

Interested in connecting with one of our members to learn about their experience with Green Empowerment? Contact us at [email protected] and we will connect you with the appropriate Associate Board member.



At this time, this group is open to young adults between the ages of 21 and 40 who live in the Portland Metro Area. We seek members from diverse ethnic, cultural and professional backgrounds, with an interest in one or more impact areas related to Green Empowerment’s work including, but not limited to: renewable energy, international development, sustainability, environmental conservation, health, community organizing, engineering or social justice.

To ask questions about your eligibility or apply to become a member, please contact us at [email protected].