Board of Directors

David Lamfrom:
(Board Chair)

David is honored to join the board of CDE after serving on the advisory council for many years. He is excited to help maintain, build, share, and hone the vital work CDE is championing. David has worked for the National Parks Conservation Association for nearly a decade. He has held increasingly responsible jobs ranging from field representative, to program manager, to Associate Director, and is currently the director of California Desert and Wildlife Programs. In this role, David works on policy, legislation, media, building community, and connecting desert voices to the administration and congress. David has worked to protect tens of thousands of acres adjacent to California desert parks from inappropriate development. He also worked to designate 3 new national monuments, including the creation of a new national park service unit. David is a published author and photographer who worked to develop the Tortoises Through the Lens program to teach diverse youth about the desert through photography. The result of that program was a published book of the student’s work telling the conservation story of the desert tortoise. That book was recently printed in the Spanish language. David formerly worked in the fields of wildlife biology and environmental science. He sits on the boards of several desert based organizations.


 

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Evan Smith:
(Secretary)

Evan is the Senior Vice President for Conservation Ventures at The Conservation Fund, where he oversees programs that invest in green businesses and working forests to generate economic, social and environmental returns. Evan joined the Fund in 1995 as a field forester and has gone on to work on conservation transactions protecting over one million acres of land. He credits his CDE trainings with expanding his worldview and inspiring him to use his position and privilege to make the conservation field more inclusive and impactful. He has B.S. in Geology and Master of Forestry degrees from Yale University. Previously based in Washington DC and Portland, Oregon, Evan moved with his family to Los Angeles in 2018.


 

Peter Stephens:
(Treasurer)
Peter is a Certified Public Accountant who currently works in public accounting. He is a graduate of The University of Oregon, and holds a Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. Professionally, his interests include corporate and partnership tax compliance, consulting, and provision work.

Peter was born and raised in Portland Oregon, and has had a lifelong interest in the environment stemming from his days camping and enjoying the outdoors with his family. Peter feels fortunate to live in a place with four seasons of outdoors activities, and is committed to the environmental well being of the community, both locally and further afield. As stewards of this gift, Peter believes it’s important to work together to sustain the natural world for future generations.


 

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Alexandria is the Director of Environment and Sustainability at Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies. In her role, Alexandria develops and advocates positions on domestic and international policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability. Prior to ITI, Alexandria coordinated the re-launch of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, an academic hub based at The New School that utilizes design, policy and social justice approaches to solve pressing environmental issues. She was also a manager at The Engine Room, an international NGO using technology and data to support social and environmental causes, and a Chief Financial Officer at Groundswell, a D.C.-based nonprofit aimed at unlocking communities’ economic power to grow sustainability on the local level. Alexandria holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environment from Howard University and a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.


 

Gabe Sheoships:
Gabe is an enrolled Cayuse/Walla Walla tribal citizen (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation), tribes with rich history and contemporary presence in the Willamette Valley. As an Indigenous ecologist and educator, Gabe has spent 17 years promoting the protection, restoration, and enhancement of traditional First Foods, through traditional ecological knowledge, cultural teachings of science, and the inherent responsibility to the natural world. As the education director for the Friends of Tryon Creek, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and nurturing relationships with the natural world, Gabe directs environmental programming towards the K-12, university, and professional levels. Gabe leads his education team to promote and support all aspects of equitable, inclusive, and place-based education through a decolonized lens. Gabe prioritized partnerships with culturally specific organizations and communities of color, working to understand how to best meet their needs. Gabe has built culturally-responsive environmental curriculum to meet the needs of traditionally marginalized groups, examining how science is utilized beyond the limits of western culture.

As an adjunct faculty instructor in both the Indigenous Nations Studies and University Studies departments at Portland State University, Gabe’s teachings challenge students to understand ideas of reciprocity, stewardship, observation and education in a holistic sense. Students are encouraged to further their knowledge and understanding of the natural world, and then have the opportunity to share these lessons with groups of elementary students. Gabe’s lessons are centered on Indigenous science, directed at the protection of First Food resources, grounded in traditional ecological knowledge. Gabe spent 3 years studying the larval ecology of Pacific lamprey, also known as eels or K’suyas, in the Willamette River Basin, along with the understanding of the cultural value relating to the presence, harvest, and tradition of utilizing these fish in Western Oregon. Prior to these projects, Gabe worked with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission for 8 years. In addition to his work with CDE, Gabe volunteers his time as the DEI Committee Chair for the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, Freshwaters Illustrated. Gabe has an M.Sc. in Fisheries Biology from Oregon State University, along with a B.S. from Portland State University. Gabe is a proud father, community leader, and teacher who spends most of his time in the natural world.


 

Ruchi Sadhir:
Ruchi Sadhir is the Associate Director for Strategic Engagement & Development at the Oregon Department of Energy. She most recently served as Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s energy and climate change policy advisor, where she participated in UN Climate Change Conferences in Paris and Bonn and several clean energy legislative accomplishments during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 sessions such as coal to- clean, clean fuels, and an electric vehicle rebate. Ruchi also served as senior policy advisor at the Oregon Public Utility Commission, working on a range of matters related to the energy industry, transition to cleaner sources of energy, and climate change. Before her work in Oregon, Ruchi lived in Washington, D.C. where she helped lead development of renewable energy and electric transmission siting and permitting policy in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior, staffed the Obama Administration’s “Rapid Response Team for Transmission,” and was a law clerk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Ruchi holds an L.L.M. in Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School, a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a B.S. from the University of Michigan College of Engineering. She enjoys traveling and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and dog.


 

Andrew Simon:
Andrew is the director of content at Grist, a nonprofit media organization working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. Since joining Grist in 2013, Andrew has overseen the launch of special projects including the Grist journalism fellowship and the Grist 50. He began his career as a music journalist. He was an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone, a deputy managing editor at VIBE, and the managing editor at Complex Media. In 2008, he switched his focus to sports and joined ESPN The Magazine as a senior editor. In 2012 he became a senior editor at Fast Company, where he oversaw editorial franchises like Fast Talk and the Most Creative People in Business. He is co-author of the book Racing While Black: How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


 

Sarah Janczak:
Sarah is the Client Experience Manager at ThinkShout, a digital agency that works specifically with mission driven organizations. Her career in nonprofit technology started over a decade ago as the first Community Manager at NTEN. From there, Sarah spent five years as an Analyst and Senior Digital Strategy Consultant with Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Digital Experience Center. A passion for helping create innovative solutions with limited resources to do the most good brought her back to working with nonprofit clients full time.

Sarah earned her BA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. In her current hometown of Austin, TX, she also serves on the board of Salvage Vanguard Theater. When not working, Sarah writes and publishes poems. Her dog Nadia serves as an incredibly diligent proofreader!

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