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5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR, 97215
United States


Confluence Environmental Center


2017-18 AmeriCorps Members


Venus Barnes

Learning Garden Coordinator

Portland Community College, Sylvania

Establish systems that supply fresh produce to low-income students experiencing food insecurity and provide education in the Learning Garden on organic food production, planting and sustainability.


Melissa Cannell

Community Engagement Specialist

Sandy River Watershed Council

Develop outreach strategies to engage local populations in stewardship activities. Create partnerships with diverse groups, attend public outreach events and coordinate plantings and clean-up events.


Lucas Dodge

Community Development Coordinator

Trash For Peace

Educate community members with limited English proficiency, about sustainability and the natural world through practical, hands-on, innovative activities and techniques.



Jess Faunt

Communications Coordinator


Increase communication within Living Cully community. Create website content, social media updates, e-newsletters, outreach and volunteer recruitment, and support community meetings and events.


Jake Jarecki

Habitat Restoration Educator

Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Lead High School youth mentors and elementary students through a habitat restoration program where projects focus on classroom lesson support, restoration site surveys and event preparation.


Adrian Martinez

Diverse Recruitment Coordinator

MESD + NW Regional ESD Outdoor School

Increase diversity of high school students volunteering at Outdoor School.  Identify gaps and areas for improvement; Create new outreach strategies; and track quality of the student experience. 


Max Rodrigues

Stormwater Equity Coordinator

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services

Plan and develop urban forest and sustainable stormwater capacity in low-canopy, low-income communities and communities of color in Portland.


Johnny Shuler

Environmental Outreach Specialist

Reynolds Learning Academy

Expand environmental education opportunities for students from low income and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Develop bilingual materials and lesson plans to meet the needs of second language learners.

Sami Springs

Environmental Projects Coordinator

Portland Public Schools

Energize students to save resources through behavior change, underscore a conservation ethic in schools, reduce the environmental footprint of the district, and educate about environmental justice.


Kearstin Williams

Community Engagement Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy

Engage and activate more Oregonians in conservation work: help design, build and implement urban engagement programs, including restoration and outreach programs targeted to an urban audience.


Kelly Yearick

Community Engagement Specialist

Forth Mobility Fund

Interact with employer organizations, municipalities, community partners, and the public to help promote the use of electric vehicle and EV charging infrastructure.


Alexis Barton

Outreach and Riparian Specialist Coordinator

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Plan and implement restoration projects, community science programs, volunteer events, and environmental education for watershed residents from underserved communities.


Eva Carlson

Waste Reduction Outreach Specialist

Washington County Solid Waste + Recycling

Implement a waste prevention project for multifamily communities. Offer technical assistance to managers that include educational materials, presentations, outreach and tabling.



Allison Dobscha

Education + Outreach Coordinator

National Wildlife Federation/Association of Northwest Steelheaders

Promote environmental justice by engaging communities, schools, and partners in opportunities that help develop stewardship, increase access to outdoors and restores/protects wildlife habitat.


Jacoba Epsein

Waste Reduction Specialist

Clackamas County, Resource Conservation

Provide recycling/ waste reduction education in multifamily communities, through relationship building, food waste prevention education and developing inclusive resources to underserved communities.



Heather Humphrey

Community Science Coordinator

Clean Water Services

Coordinate volunteer based wildlife monitoring, educate community members about watershed health, and engage them in stewardship of stream and wetland restoration projects.


Savannah Richard

Water Resource Technician

Clean Water Services

Engage low-income and/or diverse communities in restoration activities such as: plant propagation, site evaluation and preparation, planting, and stewardship activities.


Na'ama Schweitzer

Green Street Coordinator

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services

Recruit and train community volunteers in Green Street plantings and stewardship for maximum environmental benefits in low-income, racially diverse communities.


Emma Spanjer

Community Outreach Specialist

City of Gresham, Solid Waste

Encourage recycling with property managers and multifamily communities by providing direct education via door-to-door outreach and tabling events. Support schools to become Oregon Green Schools.


Kris White

Community Outreach Coordinator

OHDC Youthsource/Supa Fresh Youth Farm

Provide equitable opportunities for marginalized youth including: community volunteer events, coordinating organic farming internships, wetlands restoration activities and youth leadership training.



Joanna Xing

Environmental Justice Educator

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

Identify and engage underserved students in environmental justice education programs. Support academically-focused Sustainable Agriculture coursework and classes on garden/farm education.

AmeriCorps Alumni