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.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Uncorked Studios
Alvarez is the founder and CEO 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.
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.
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.
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.
Margaret Donavan Cormier
Vice President – The Standard Insurance Company
Cormier has been Second Vice President and Associate Actuary for Individual Disability Insurance at Standard Insurance Company, Inc. since 2016. 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
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.
Former Partner ― Perkins Coie
Prior to his retirement, Fortino was a partner at Perkins Coie, an international law firm headquartered in Seattle.
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.
Chief Executive Officer – Confluence Rx
Laurance is the Chief Executive Officer of Confluence Rx, a consortium of long term care pharmacies around the country.
CEO and Co-Founder - 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.
Founder & CEO – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CEO and Co-Founder, Natel Energy
Gia Schneider is a co-founder and the CEO 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.
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.
Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer ― FEI
Previously the CFO at FLIR Systems, Trunzo most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of FEI, a designer and manufacturer of microscope technology.
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.