Our Team

Meet the talented members of our Sustainable Northwest staff

  • Greg Block

    President

    For over 25 years, Greg has been active in developing environmental law and policy at the intersection of commerce, investment, and conservation. As President of Sustainable Northwest, Greg helps pioneer models of sustainability that work for people and nature. Formerly as the Director of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (an environmental side agreement to NAFTA) based in Montreal, Canada, Greg led teams working in the areas of conservation of biodiversity; trade and environment; pollutants and health; and law and policy. He has participated in many interdisciplinary regional conservation initiatives in North America, and chaired several senior advisory committees.  From 2002-2004, Greg held the position of Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar at the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, having earlier taught environmental law in Mexico under the auspices of a Fulbright Lecture Grant. Prior to joining Sustainable Northwest, Greg served for a decade at the Wild Salmon Center, working to conserve salmon strongholds and to strengthen the communities that depend on them across the Pacific Rim. Greg lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Ros and two children, Andrea and Anton.

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  • Shreejita Basu, PhD

    Water and Forest Fellow

    Shreejita Basu is Sustainable Northwest’s Water and Forest Fellow and has been working on the Oregon Coast Community Forest Initiative since December 2017. Her work is focused on collecting and analyzing data in order to protect the water quality in drinking watersheds along the Oregon Coast. She is using a watershed modeling tool to analyze the watershed health of pilot projects on the North Coast Basin in Oregon. She received her PhD in water resources engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and was selected as a fellow at the the World Forest Institute last year. At the World Forest Institute,she was part of a global cohort of professionals in weekly filed trips, study tours and presentations around the Pacific Northwest learning how natural resources are managed in this part of the world. Her six-moth project was to research about innovative funding models for natural resources non-profits in the pacific northwest.

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  • Bridget Callahan

    Energy Program Associate

    Bridget joined the Sustainable Northwest team in 2016 and is responsible for supporting and growing the Energy and Water programs. She’s a native Oregonian with a passion for finding creative solutions to our state’s tough natural resource issues. Bridget has been working in the natural resource and public policy space for over 8 years, living in and supporting healthy, rural communities across Oregon. She has supported dozens of sustainability programs, working to empower local communities to generate their own clean energy resources. Bridget currently serves as a Director of Solar Oregon and serves on the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Low and Moderate-Income Solar Workgroup. She is a lover of all things outdoors - particularly in, on, or near a river. She enjoys traveling to far away destinations, gardening, and watching basketball with her dog Basil.

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  • Ngu Castro

    Controller

    Ngu Joined Sustainable Northwest in October 2018 and recently moved to Oregon from Hawaii. Prior to Sustainable Northwest, she was an experienced controller for various non-profit organizations in Honolulu. She has extensive experience with grant and contract accounting, endowment fund management, budget development and monitoring, audit preparation, and cash management, as well as the daily nuts and bolts of accounting and reporting. She is a mission-driven CPA who enjoys the non-profit sector for both its intrinsic rewards and work-life balance. Earlier in her life, she moved to Hawaii from Vietnam. Along with caring for two adorable small children, she enjoys cooking and exploring the diverse landscape of Oregon with her husband and kids.

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  • Ben Dair

    Senior Manager of Conservation Finance

    Ben works across Sustainable Northwest’s Forest, Energy, and Green Markets program areas to increase the funding available to conservation projects by delivering analytical support and business services to partners. Prior to Sustainable Northwest, Benjamin conducted market and logistics risk assessments for an international timber investor, wrote feasibility studies on sustainable project finance for WWF Vietnam, and consulted to the Energy and Resources Institute of North America on a turnaround strategy for a tropical hardwood timber operation. Ben is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a candidate for certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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  • Sarah Hall

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sarah Hall leads operations, finance, HR and general management for Sustainable Northwest. A native Oregonian, she has twenty-five years of strategic leadership across non-profit and Fortune 50 organizations. Prior to Sustainable Northwest, she led regional energy efficiency market transformation in commercial buildings for Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.  At Wells Fargo in San Francisco, she founded the commercial bank’s first sustainability group for 65 global businesses in 2016, leading environmental engagement for 285,000 employees. With a communications and marketing strategy expertise, her programs include the national Kilowatt Crackdown commercial building challenge, PayItGreen® for Business, and strategic employee engagement initiatives. In 1996 Sarah wrote “Green Action Guide: Steps to Sustainable Living,” a curriculum adopted nationally to reduce resource consumption by neighborhood and workplace teams. In 1995 she directed an award-winning documentary film series on watershed restoration in the Upper Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northern California, aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally. Sarah served on the sustainability advisory committee of the Portland Business Alliance. She holds a BA from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa. She loves to cook, birdwatch, swim and do yoga, and be with friends and family.

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  • Jenna Knobloch

    Forest Program Manager

    Jenna works with forest communities to address natural resource challenges through inclusive dialogue, joint fact-finding, and problem solving. In addition to working with individual forest collaboratives, she is the lead facilitator for the Washington Forest Collaboratives Network, which brings together eight forest collaboratives to share innovations. Jenna also helps coordinate the Northwest Community Forest Coalition, a network that supports the emergence, development, and management of community forests in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Sustainable Northwest, Jenna conducted research for the nonpartisan Legislative Services Office in Idaho. Jenna received her Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University where her projects explored collaborative water governance in New Zealand and US community responses to natural disasters. Jenna also received a degree in economics from Portland State University where she conducted research in ecosystem services. Jenna likes to spend her free time hiking, cooking, and reading.

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  • Dylan Kruse

    Director of Government Affairs & Program Strategy

    Dylan is responsible for state and federal legislative activity and agency engagement, and represents the organization’s broad market and public policy priorities. He is also coordinator of the Western Juniper Alliance, a 50 member partnership to accomplish rangeland restoration, produce sustainable wood products, and create jobs in juniper supply and market chains along the West Coast. In addition, he is the organization’s bioenergy lead, and works on wood biomass utilization and energy projects across the Northwest. Dylan is co-chair of the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group, is on the board of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and holds a seat on the steering committee of the National Rural Assembly. Before joining Sustainable Northwest, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and received a B.A. in International Affairs. His work at Sustainable Northwest has linked his diverse interests of resource management, conservation, renewable energy production and economic development.

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  • Hannah Meganck

    Programs and Operation Associate

    Hannah began as a Sustainable Northwest Communications and Operations Intern in Fall 2016, her role expanded to support Communication and event needs in 2017 and has now morphed into Operations and Finance support. Hannah earned a B.A. in Communications from Lewis and Clark College and is also a Certified Veterinary Technician. She spends her free time volunteering at wildlife/animal shelters, hiking with her loved ones, soldering stained-glass projects, and taking her cats on walks.

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  • Lee Rahr

    Energy Program Director

    Lee joined the Sustainable Northwest team to oversee the Energy Program. Lee works closely with Sustainable Northwest’s rural partners on the Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon initiative working to expand the coalition of energy champions who are working to address climate change while advancing local economic development. Lee serves on the Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Advisory Work Group and Energy Trust of Oregon’s Low and Moderate Income Solar Workgroup. Lee found her start in energy at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. During her tenure there, she helped develop the nationally recognized solar program ‘Solarize Portland’ and oversaw over 2MW of solar energy on over 1300 homes in the Portland area. Lee graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in International Affairs and received a Master’s at the University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning. Lee and her husband Guido are raising three boys all who take after their parents love for the outdoors.

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  • Trent Seager, PhD

    Senior Forest Scientist

    Trent joined the joined the Sustainable Northwest team as Senior Forest Scientist in 2018. He works with forest collaboratives and their U.S. Forest Service partners to enhance collaborative agreements and restoration projects by addressing science needs and helping inform the collaborative conversation with a better understanding of the ecological context. Prior to joining Sustainable Northwest, Trent was a private consultant for 10 years where he served as a science advisor, forest ecologist, and aspen ecologist to multiple collaboratives, national forests, and private landowners around the West. He attended Purdue University and Western Washington University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology. Trent served as a raptor biologist and wildlife biologist for multiple federal agencies before returning to graduate school where he earned a Master’s of Science in Forestry & Wildlife and a PhD in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University. His graduate research focused on impacts and drivers of quaking aspen stands and the increased soil moisture associated with conifer removal in dry forest systems within the Inland Pacific Northwest. Originally a Hoosier, Trent was born and raised as the 6th generation on a family farm in Indiana. He grew up exploring, hunting, and birding in the eastern hardwood forests. Trent has a deep passion for raptors and is a long-time falconer. He enjoys hunting with small falcons and hawks along with his German Wirehaired Pointer.

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  • Paul Vanderford

    Director of Green Markets

    Paul manages SNW’s Forest Stewardship Council Group Certification. Paul comes to us from The Rainforest Alliance SmartWood program where he managed over 150 FSC Chain-of-Custody companies in the Western US. He brings with him extensive familiarity with the Forest Stewardship Council standards and experience helping companies walk through the FSC assessment and audit process. Paul earned his B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and his M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management in a partnership between UWSP and Rhodes University in South Africa. His graduate work focused on the implementation of South Africa’s National Water Act in the Kat River Valley, where he facilitated a public involvement process with farmers, foresters, domestic water users, and government agencies. When not at work, Paul can be found in the woods bow hunting, splashing around the Northwest’s treasured fly fishing rivers, clamming in Nehalem bay, and bike touring.

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  • Jordan Zettle

    Green Markets Associate

    Jordan leads market access and technical assistance for FSC certified businesses, along with providing help with the Western Juniper Alliance and helping to continue to grow FSC certification business development. An Oregon native, Jordan holds both a B.A. in English and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Portland. He spends his free time hunting and fishing across all of Oregon, usually with his trusted Labrador, LV, close at his side.

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