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.

Marcelino Alvarez

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Uncorked Studios

Alvarez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uncorked Studios, a design and engineering firm that builds connected products for the digital and physical world. Prior to Uncorked, Marcelino served as Executive Interactive Producer at Wieden+Kennedy Portland, where he worked on Old Spice, Electronic Arts, Laika and Nike.

Hank Ashforth

Executive Vice President of 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 of 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 of Equilibrium Capital

Chen is the Principal 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 is the Former 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.

Margaret Donavan Cormier

Vice President of The Standard Insurance Company

Cormier is the Vice President of The Standard Insurance Company. Prior to joining The Standard, she led the individual disability pricing team for Guardian Life and worked at Unum in group disability pricing and with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.

Peter Doubleday, Treasurer

Retired Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP

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

Gary Fish, Secretary

Founder of 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

Of Counsel of Perkins Coie

Fortino is Of Counsel of Perkins Coie, an international law firm headquartered in Seattle.

Graciela Gomez Cowger, Advisor

Chief Executive Officer, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC

Graciela Gomez Cowger has practiced as an intellectual property attorney for over 20 years, helping individuals and companies protect innovations in technology and healthcare and build enduring brands. As CEO at Schwabe, she fosters a client-centric approach and leverages her training as an engineer to deliver efficiencies and bring diversity of thought to the industry.

Deb Hatcher

Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of A to Z Wineworks

Hatcher is Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of A to Z Wineworks. A to Z is dedicated to affordable quality while small quantities of luxury wines are offered through their small REX HILL premium brand.

Natalie Hocken

Senior Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Natalie Hocken is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. She manages the legal, corporate communications, environmental policy, human resources and insurance functions for the company.

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.

Taylor Keen, Advisor

Instructor, Heider College of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Creighton

Taylor Keen is a full-time instructor in the Heider College of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Creighton. Keen is also Founder of Sacred Seed, an entity whose mission is to propagate tribal seed sovereignty, battle for tribal sacred geography and to seek cultural revitalization among tribal peoples. Through Sacred Seed, Keen is embarking on a journey with indigenous seeds of the upper Missouri River tribes to grow, harvest and celebrate the cosmology of the 4 sisters (corn, bean, squash, and sunflower).

Randy Labbe, Emeritus

President of 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 of Confluence Rx

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

Kim Malek

CEO and Co-Founder of Salt & Straw

An industry leader, innovator and disrupter, Kim Malek is the CEO and Co-Founder of Salt & Straw. Malek built the company from the ground up, from a humble ice cream cart into a fast-growing, family-run company with 18 locations in just seven years. Under Malek’s leadership, Salt & Straw has become known for doing things the hard way - the right way. Her vision and leadership at Salt & Straw has caught the attention of many, from Disney to Vice Presidents to Hollywood. Prior to Salt & Straw, Malek was director of Global Innovation at Starbucks Coffee, marketing director for (RED) with prior marketing roles at Yahoo! and adidas. Her recent efforts have landed the brand as editor’s pick in Food & Wine and on Food Network, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart, O Magazine, Saveur, TIME, Cooking Channel, TODAY and Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods.

Molly McCabe

Founder & CEO of HaydenTanner

McCabe is the Founder and CEO of HaydenTanner, a strategic real estate advisory firm focused on accelerating impact investment and sustainability in the built environment. Previously, she founded commercial mortgage backed securities firm Bridger Commercial Funding, ran Bank of America's Real Estate Capital Markets group and was a commercial construction lender with Wells Fargo Bank.

Marty Myers, In Memoriam

Late Owner of Threemile Canyon Farms

Myers is the late Owner of Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman, Oregon, a sustainable agricultural operation producing dairy products and organic vegetables. Myers passed in 2020. The knowledge and capacity he provided to The Freshwater Trust during his tenure on the Board of Directors will live on.

William Neuhauser

Founder of FBR CoMotion Venture Capital LP

Neuhauser is Founder of FBR CoMotion Venture Capital LP, a venture capital firm focusing on early stage investments in the Pacific Northwest.

Mike Pohl

Board of Directors with ThinkAnalytics

Mr. Pohl is a member of the Board of Directors with ThinkAnalytics. 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 of 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.

Scott Sandbo, Co-Chair

Founder, Former Chairman and CEO at Pacific Crest Securities Inc.

Sandbo is the Founder and Former Chairman and CEO at Pacific Crest Securities Inc., an investment-banking firm that provides financial advisory services to public and privately held technology companies.

Gia Schneider

CEO and Co-Founder of Natel Energy

Gia Schneider is CEO and Co-Founder of Natel Energy. Gia holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from MIT and has 17 years of experience in the energy industry. While in the utility practice at Accenture, she provided strategic and tactical solutions to several major energy companies and has significant experience in energy-related strategy development and deal valuation. After Accenture, she worked at Constellation Energy on optimizing generation asset value. Gia left Constellation in 2004 to help start the energy trading desk at Credit Suisse; and in 2005, she started the carbon emissions trading desk at Credit Suisse, growing it to a profitable business in its first year. Gia is passionate about finding economically viable solutions to mitigate climate change, foster sustainable development and produce inexpensive renewable energy. In her spare time, she can be found surfing, kiting, cooking, dancing and gardening with friends and family.

Dr. Sara Spangelo

Senior Director of Satellite Engineering

Dr. Sara Spangelo was the co-founder and CEO of Swarm, the company that is developing the world's lowest-cost global communications network with breakthrough satellite technology and ground hardware for customers in remote locations. Swarm was acquired by SpaceX in 2021, where she is now the Sr. Director of Satellite Engineering. Before starting Swarm, Sara worked on small satellites and autonomous aircraft at the University of Michigan and was a lead systems engineer at both NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Google X. Her expertise is in modeling and optimizing satellite constellations to maximize impact and business opportunities. Sara holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and in 2017 was a Top 32 Canadian astronaut candidate.

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.

Anthony Trunzo

Partner at Gryphon Investors

Trunzo is a Partner at Gryphon Investors. Previously, Trunzo served as the CFO at FLIR Systems and Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of FEI, a designer and manufacturer of microscope technology.

Margaret Tuchmann

Former Vice President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisor Group

Tuchmann recently retired as a Vice President and Wealth Advisor with The Tuchmann Kibbe Group at Morgan Stanley. She has devoted much of her time to community causes. In addition to many years serving on the Board of The Freshwater Trust (TFT), she has been active with The Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation Gift Planning Council, the Oregon Rose Chapter of the National Charity League, the Kenyon College Parents Advisory Council and Portland Homeless Family Solutions. Tuchmann enjoys spending all of the time that she can at her “home river," the Metolius, in Camp Sherman, Oregon.