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.

Bria Smith, plans to pursue law degree, City University of Hong Kong
Carly Vendegna, Program Analyst, TRC
Eric Finley, Senior Project Manager, REMBE Inc.
Eric LoPrete, Sustainability Education Coordinator, Washington County
Gerardo Torres, Project Manager, Percipio Consulting Group
Kate Schoof, Senior Marketing Specialist, 3Degrees
Paul Hawkins, Public Utilities Specialist, Bonneville Power Administration
Stephanie Auxier, Population Health Specialist, CareOregon

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]. To apply to join the Associate Board click on the apply button below!