Sustainable Northwest welcomes five new board members

Posted by Renee Magyar on February 28, 2017

Incoming board members provide added expertise in natural resource policy, business, and conservation finance.


Portland, Oregon – Sustainable Northwest is delighted to announce the addition of five new board members effective January 1, 2017. Jessamine Fitzpatrick, Martin Goebel, Dr. Norman Johnson, John Rose, and Dudley Slater bring a breadth of expertise in natural resource policy, business, and conservation finance to the Portland-based non-profit. 

Jessamine Fitzpatrick is senior vice president at New Island Capital, where she is focused on real estate, farmland, timberland and environmental markets investments that generate financial returns alongside social and environmental benefits. Fitzpatrick shared, “I am excited to work with Sustainable Northwest to support community-driven sustainability solutions through untapped sources of capital.”

Martin Goebel founded Sustainable Northwest in 1994 and served as president until 2013. As senior program director at Legacy Works Group and managing partner at Long Haul Capital Group and Advisory Board Co-Chair at Aclima, he is involved with projects spanning the Pacific coast from Portland, Oregon to the tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico. “I am honored to be returning to Sustainable Northwest as a board member.” Goebel also said, “I am eager to help our team expand our innovative initiatives as the region's premier cooperative advantage sustainable development organization.” 

Dr. Norman Johnson is a distinguished professor of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University College of Forestry. Johnson, a pioneer of “ecological forestry,” is an expert in social and ecological forest planning, forestry policy, and federal forest restoration. Johnson is “looking forward to helping Sustainable Northwest develop policies that support healthy forests and watersheds as well as a robust timber economy.”

John Rose is a founder and director of Microsteam, Inc., developing new clean energy technology. Rose has been a trustee and board chair of the Washington chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and previously served as president and CEO of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corp., the Northwest's leading underwriter of municipal bonds. Rose “wants to help Sustainable Northwest find ways to create economic success that will make possible good stewardship of the lands and waters of the great Northwest."

Dudley Slater is founder of Electric Lightwave (formerly Integra), a fiber network company serving the enterprise, healthcare, educational and governmental sectors across eleven western and Rocky Mountain States. He serves on several corporate boards and works with institutional investors, providing investment, strategic, and financial expertise. Looking towards 2017, Slater says “we are going to challenge ourselves to continue reinventing the traditional model, encouraging increased cooperation among the business, governmental and non-profit sectors to enhance sustainability across our region.”

Greg Block, president of Sustainable Northwest is excited about the addition of our new board members; “I look forward to working with our board to grow our region’s economy and improve the health of our environment and communities.” 

Elaine Albrich stepped into the board chair position on January 1, 2017, replacing Tom Tuchmann who will remain with Sustainable Northwest as chair emeritus.

Founded in 1994, Sustainable Northwest works at the radical middle of economy, environment, and community, pioneering natural resource solutions that work for people and nature. Sustainable Northwest is hosting their annual gala, Live Edge, on September 28, 2017 in Portland. The event will highlight Sustainable Northwest’s growing role with sustainable building strategies and their broadening partnerships with developers and architects in the region. Tickets will be available through the Sustainable Northwest website. Find more information at 

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