Headwaters Council

Launched in 2016, The Headwaters Council is an advisory group comprised of emerging business leaders, disrupters, decision-makers and influencers who will help us drive the next generation of creative and networked conservation and philanthropy.

Stasia Brownell

Stasia Brownell is a Senior Manager of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees, a BCorp that works with organizations to build and implement customized renewable energy and carbon mitigation strategies, products and programs. In her role, she works with gas and electric utilities to help deliver renewable energy and carbon offset programs to their residential and commercial customers.

Akbar Chisti

Akbar is the Founder and President of SEAMUS GOLF, maker of craft accessories for the finest golf destinations in the world, including Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, Royal Dornoch and Pinehurst.

Belton Copp

Belton is an independent consultant bringing investment management and finance expertise to mission-driven organizations. He has worked in stream and wetland mitigation markets, as well as range restoration and outdoor recreation. Watch Belton’s story about why he chose to join the Headwaters Council below.

Patrick Goodman

Patrick serves as a Producer and Vice President at Durham & Bates, which has been providing risk management and insurance services to the West Coast’s most complex and innovative businesses for over one hundred years.

Iván Resendiz Gutierrez

Iván Resendiz Gutierrez is a litigation attorney with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, assisting clients with complex civil matters, including appeals and corporate governance and shareholder disputes. Iván is a proud “Double Duck”; he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon before receiving his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Iván is highly engaged in several community and professional organizations, currently serving as the president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and a member on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center.

Sam Houser

Sam works as an Oregon broker for Live Water Properties, a brokerage firm specializing in premium, conservation-quality, recreation ranch and working ranch properties. As a native Oregonian and avid outdoorsman, Sam has utilized many of the great places in this state to recreate. He is excited and honored to support an organization like TFT that has such a successful record of enhancing and preserving our all-important watersheds.

Jesse Lange

Jesse is the winemaker and GM at his family’s Lange Estate Winery, founded in 1987. Jesse has also served on several industry boards including: President of Oregon Pinot Camp, President of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, board of Willamette Valley Winegrowers Association, and Yamhill County Water and Soil Conservation District.

Lars Lider

Lars Lider is the CFO of Machine Sciences Corporation, a leader in complex, high tolerance, CNC machining who partners with industry disruptors to manufacture the technologies of tomorrow.

Michelle Mark

Michelle is the founder and Creative Director at Morning Assembly, a design + branding studio that works with companies to create, establish and define their visual identities.

Matt Milletto

Matt Milletto grew up around the coffee industry and has worked in coffee steadily for the last twenty years and has helped hundreds of small and large coffee businesses open up and succeed around the world. In addition to his role as CEO/Founder of Water Avenue Coffee, Matt runs operations at Bellissimo Coffee Advisors with his father, where he serves as vice president and co-owner. Matt is also the current President of the Oregon Coffee Board.

Mary Moerlins

Mary Moerlins is the Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager at NW Natural, a Portland based regional natural gas utility. Here, Mary works to cultivate and grow sustainable and socially responsible practices, operations and programs.

Ryland Moore

Ryland Moore is a principal owner and leads business development for Arnerich Massena’s Wealth Management and Endowment Foundation practices. His focus is in private equity and impact investments focused on water, agriculture and renewable energy technology assets. Arnerich Massena is one of the leading investment advisory firms in the Western US.

Jonathan Ortiz-Myers

Jonathan Ortiz-Myers is Managing Member at ortiz+myers.

Nick Parish

An award-winning writer and editor, Nick Parish helps lead Uncorked Studios’ practice as its Director of Product Strategy. Previously, Parish led strategic consultancy and brand intelligence publisher Contagious as President, Americas, and is the author of 2015’s Cool Code Bro: Brogrammers, Geek Anxiety and the New Tech Elite.

Julia Person

Julia Person is the Corporate Sustainability Manager with Craft Brew Alliance, a leader in brewing, branding and bringing to market world class beers such as Widmer Brothers and Kona Brewing.

Brendan Rauw

Brendan Rauw is Vice President of Technology Transfer and Business Development at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  OHSU is the state’s only academic health center, providing the state’s most comprehensive health care, education and breakthrough innovations.

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is the VP of Publisher Products at Xandr, part of AT&T. He grew up in rural Oregon and Idaho, on the Zumwalt Prairie and next to the Weiser River in Council Valley, Idaho. After attending Reed College and studying predictive models of voter turnout in local elections, he focused on honing his coding skills and eventually cofounded Urban Airship. He took on many different roles at Urban Airship, including opening up the European offices in London. He later left Urban Airship to join AppNexus, the second largest global advertising exchange, which was acquired by AT&T in 2018. Michael lives in Portland with his wife and two daughters, and spends as much time as possible working in the garden with his family.

Shea Washington

Shea Washington, originally from California, moved up to Oregon and grew up on the McKenzie River. Long days floating, fishing and exploring made an undeniable impact and have solidified his desire to see our region preserve and restore freshwater ecosystems. In his professional world, Shea works for Slalom Consulting, solving complex business problems and delivering People, Process and Tool solutions to Portland Metro area organizations. When not working, Shea can be found hanging out reading, walking or dancing with his favorite people – his two kids Reese and Miles.