IsMael Armenta | Treasurer
Izzy Armenta is a native Angeleno and former Confluence Fellow. After serving two exciting AmeriCorps term he has gone on to join Oregon Walks as their Transportation Justice Advocate. His current role finds him working with YEJA youth leaders in mapping walking barriers East Portland youth face and identifying ways to advocate to address those barriers. He also is responsible for partnership building with groups that work with communities of concern including; youth, older adults, people with disabilities, people of color and low-income households. Izzy spends his spare time reading any science fiction, sewing and watching baseball.
Michael Oliver | President
Michael has spent much of the past 18 years working in outdoor education, including more than 150 days in the backcountry leading conservation and trail projects with high school students for the Student Conservation Association; working as an instructor and program director for Mt. Hood Community College’s academic Wilderness Leadership program; and wandering remote parts of the Central Oregon desert leading at-risk and adjudicated youth on extended therapeutic wilderness expeditions. Since 2007, he has been running the Project YESS Youth Conservation Corps (PYYCC) program-- a work skills, life skills, and youth development organization based out of MHCC. The PYYCC offers paid work experiences, outdoor exploration, one-on-one advising, and full wrap-around support services to low-income, highly barriered youth from East Multnomah County. Outside work he can be found on outdoor adventures with his family and searching for a remote plot of land where he can build a cabin and live out his Thoreau-vian dreams of unplugging and living “deliberately” on the land.
Neil Schulman | secretary
Neil Schulman is one of the founders of Confluence Environmental Center. He has over two decades of environmental work in the Pacific Northwest, spanning leadership development, capacity building, outreach, education, policy and politics for both nonprofit and public entities He was the Northwest Service Academy’s Training Coordinator, as well as a trainer for the Ford Institute Leadership Development Program and Outreach Coordinator for SOLV. He is currently a writer and photographer and is the Chair of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters’ Multnomah County Steering Committee.
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