Queta González believes that our differences make us stronger. A deep resonance with family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin both her life and work. Queta feels privileged to have worked internationally on development and implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion, healing justice, and liberation strategies and trainings. A seasoned professional, she has been training, facilitating, and coaching people in Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, government and small businesses for over twenty years.
Queta is an adventurer who follows her passions. Her experiences run wide and deep, amounting to a litany of professional roles: assistant curator of an invertebrate museum; experiential and wilderness-based educator; recreation planner; advocate and educator with youth; gang rescue team; adolescent health care advocate and educator; food security advocate; and trainer, as well as serving in numerous team and organizational leadership roles. The common threads of community and ecology connect Queta’s diverse experiences. Her life and work have thus been characterized by the advancement of diverse, inclusive, just, and equitable environments and a deep connection to rivers, land and wilderness. Her commitment to social, environmental and economic justice began in her youth and has been growing and evolving since.
Queta serves on the American Rivers Board of Directors, Nesika Wilamut Board, and on the Oregon Environmental Equity Committee. She also served on Roadmap to the Outdoors steering team and the Governor’s Task Force on the Outdoors. Queta is eternally grateful for and enriched by supportive and loving family and friends, and she lives in Portland with her amazing partner.
Vanessa Bird is Southern Paiute, a mother, sister, auntie, and partner. She joined CDE in 2020 to develop and deepen relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and funders and to cultivate resource opportunities to support CDE programming and initiatives. Vanessa is passionate about transforming the transactional paradigm of fundraising into one that supports connection, belonging, truth telling and community healing.
Vanessa’s journey – in life, work, and education – has called her into deep and reflective investigations that center themes of identify, representation, and decolonization. This path has led to a broad range of experiences including fundraising and communications for environmental organizations and community development work for tribal communities.
Vanessa is deeply grateful to be a part of the CDE community.
Tanya Pluth became a CDE Program Associate in 2019. For over 15 years, Tanya has engaged as a consultant, facilitator, and teacher with thousands of stakeholders on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a variety of settings: students and administrators, non-profits, small business staff and leaders, and individuals seeking to improve their leadership or interpersonal skills grounded in an equity lens. In every opportunity, Tanya looks for the contribution she can make that will create more equity, justice, growth, and joy in the world.