Board of Directors

We’re fortunate to have an impressive Board of Directors overseeing the activities of The Freshwater Trust. The following individuals provide strategic leadership and oversight to the organization as we carry out our work to fix more rivers.

Hank Ashforth

Executive Vice President ― The Ashforth Company

Ashforth is Executive Vice President of The Ashforth Company. Founded in 1896, The Ashforth Company is a diversified real estate firm that owns, develops, and invests in assets on the East and West Coasts, and provides third party services, including asset and property management, general contracting and construction management.


Tim Boyle, Emeritus

Chief Executive Officer and President ― Columbia Sportswear

Boyle is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Columbia Sportswear Company. Founded in 1938, Columbia is one of the country’s preeminent outerwear and sportswear companies.


Chad Brown, Advisor

Founder & President, Soul River Inc.

Chad Brown is founder and president of Soul River Inc., a nonprofit bringing together veterans and inner city youth on rivers in the West. Brown is a U.S. Navy veteran who founded Soul River upon discovering solace from PTSD in fly-fishing. The organization has been featured in Outside Magazine, the Drake, BBC and more.


David Chen

Principal ― Equilibrium Capital

Chen is the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Equilibrium Capital, a global asset management platform of sustainability-driven real asset strategies, funds and products.


Arthine Cossey van Duyne, Advisor

Managing Partner ― WaterFunder, LLC

Cossey van Duyne is a Managing Partner of WaterFunder, LLC a strategy and consulting firm accelerating the development of water infrastructure in North America and the Caribbean. She has more than 15 years of experience helping internet and fintech companies plan and execute their global growth strategies.


Scott Demorest

Former Principal of ACME Business Consulting

Demorest served as the Principal of ACME Business Consulting, a business consulting firm that guides clients who want to build their organizational capability, make "transformational" changes, and manage programs and complex technical projects. ACME was purchased in 2015 by North Highland, a worldwide consulting company.


Peter Doubleday, Treasurer

Office Managing Partner ― Ernst & Young LLP

Doubleday is the Office Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm.


Gary Fish, Secretary

Founder ― Deschutes Brewery

Fish founded Deschutes Brewery nearly 30 years ago in Bend, Oregon. The brewery produces award-winning craft beer and hand-crafted ales in Oregon with restaurants and brew pubs in Bend and Portland.


Paul Fortino

Former Partner ― Perkins Coie

Prior to his retirement, Fortino was a partner at Perkins Coie, an international law firm headquartered in Seattle.


Deb Hatcher

Cofounder and Chief Marketing & Sales Officer ― A to Z Wineworks

Hatcher started A to Z Wineworks in 2002 and oversees all marketing and sales. A to Z is dedicated to affordable quality while small quantities of luxury wines are offered through their small REX HILL premium brand.


David Howitt, Advisor

Founder & CEO, The Meriwether Group

David Howitt is an entrepreneur, operator, and innovator with over 20 years of experience providing business strategy, financial and legal counsel to global Fortune 100 companies and early stage start-ups. His career accomplishments include investing in, securing funding for, and helping to develop a business vision for successful brands like Oregon Chai, Stumptown Coffee, Pendleton, adidas, Voodoo Doughnut, Salomon, yogitoes, Klim, Bloch, Dave’s Killer Bread, Living Harvest, and many others. David also founded The Meriwether Group.


Randy Labbe, Emeritus

President ― Kerr Pacific Corp

Labbe serves as the President of Kerr Pacific Corp, a private, family-owned company with a long history in grain based foods and foodservice distribution.


David Laurance

Chief Executive Officer – Confluence Rx

Laurance is the Chief Executive Officer of Confluence Rx, a consortium of long term care pharmacies around the country.


Marty Myers

Owner ― Threemile Canyon Farms

Myers is the owner of Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman, Oregon, a sustainable agricultural operation producing dairy products and organic vegetables.


William Neuhauser

Founder ― FBR CoMotion Venture Capital LP

Neuhauser is both a Managing Member and founder of FBR CoMotion Venture Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on early stage investments in the Pacific Northwest.


Tim O’Leary

Chairman & Cofounder – Respond2

O’Leary serves as the Chairman and Cofounder of Respond2, or R2C Group, a creative and media agency with sophisticated, end-to-end direct response marketing capabilities.


Mike Pohl

Member of the Board of Directors ― ThinkAnalytics, Imagine Communications and Ascent Media Group

Mr. Pohl is a member of the board of directors for ThinkAnalytics, Imagine Communications and Ascent Media Group. ThinkAnalytics is the leading provider and most widely deployed real-time personalized content recommendations engine. Imagine Communications Corp., is a global leader in video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multi-channel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, spanning 185 countries. Ascent Media Group, Inc. provides end-to-end media and technology services for the creation, management, and distribution of media content.


Brad Preble

President – Carr Auto Group

Preble serves as the President of Carr Auto Group, a dealership selling and servicing GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Subaru, Cadillac and Nissan vehicles in the greater Portland, Oregon area.


Pat Reiten, Co-Chair

Senior Vice President ― Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Patrick Reiten is Senior Vice President of government relations at Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Reiten is responsible for leading the national policy and legislative work of an $84 billion portfolio of locally managed businesses that share a vision for a secure and sustainable energy future.


Scott Sandbo, Co-Chair

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ― Pacific Crest Securities Inc.

Sandbo serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Crest Securities, an investment-banking firm that provides financial advisory services to public and privately held technology companies.


Marian Singer, Advisor

Cofounder & CEO of Wellntel

Marian Singer is a water entrepreneur and cofounder & CEO of Wellntel, a groundwater information system business. Wellntel develops simple technologies and online platforms to help private well owners and their communities learn about their groundwater resource and manage it for resiliency and long term sustainability.


Liz Spence, Advisor

Associate in the Corporate Strategy and Development Team, Cargill

Liz Spence is an Associate in the Corporate Strategy and Development team at Cargill based in Minneapolis, MN where she is responsible for setting strategy at the company and enterprise levels as well as supporting mergers, acquisitions, divestures and J-Vs.


Margaret Tuchmann

Vice President ― Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisor Group

Tuchmann serves as Vice President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisory Group, a leading investment firm specializing in wealth management, investment banking and sales and trading services.


Anthony Trunzo

Executive Vice President, & Chief Financial Officer ― FEI

Trunzo is the Executive Vice President, & Chief Financial Officer of FEI, a designer and manufacturer of microscope technology.