Our Team

Meet the talented members of our Sustainable Northwest team

  • Greg Block


    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.


    Cell (503) 201-3678
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  • Shreejita Basu, PhD

    Water Scientist

    Shreejita Basu is Sustainable Northwest’s Water Scientist and has been working across the Forest and Water programs for the past one and half year. Her work is focused on collecting and analyzing data in order to protect the water quantity and quality in different watersheds in Oregon. She is working on applying modelling tools to municipal drinking water source areas along the Oregon Coast to identify best management practices.She is also working closely with the Lower John Day Place Based Planning Group to help quantify the in and out of stream needs and demands in the basin. She received her PhD in Water Resources from Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and was selected as a fellow at the World Forest Institute last year. At the World Forest Institute, she was part of a global cohort of professionals in weekly field 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. Shreejita enjoys to hike, dance and travel to new places in her free time.


    Cell (503) 915-4123
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  • Sally Bernstein

    Forest Program Coordinator

    Sally rejoins the Sustainable Northwest team as Forest Program Coordinator. After spending two years with the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition, where she worked on federal forest management at the west wide scale, she is excited to return to on-the-ground work with rural communities in the Pacific Northwest. Her responsibilities include facilitating collaborative discussions, building partnerships, and leading the annual Pacific Northwest Forest Collaboratives Workshop. Sally holds her Masters of Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University as well as two graduate certificates in Energy Policy & Management and Collaborative Governance. When not at work, Sally can be found in the garden, cheering on New England sports teams, or out adventuring with her dog, Ziggy.


    Cell (781) 799-8551
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  • Bridget Callahan

    Energy Program Manager

    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.


    Cell (503) 756-0494
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  • Ngu Castro

    Director of Finance

    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.


    (503) 221-6911 x104
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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.


    Cell (503) 863-1280
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  • Chaney Harter

    Donor Engagement Manager

    Chaney oversees fundraising and development at Sustainable Northwest, working with the individuals, companies, and foundations who support the organization. Her passion lies in connecting with current donors as well as introducing new and potential donors to the exciting work that Sustainable Northwest is pursuing. Prior to joining Sustainable Northwest, Chaney was Communications Manager and Exhibits Coordinator for three years at Nordic Northwest, a Scandinavian cultural center in Southwest Portland. She earned her bachelors in linguistics, French, and German from Bryn Mawr College. When not in the office, Chaney can be found at Powell’s Books, in her local park with her two yellow labs, or cheering on the Timbers and the Blazers.


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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. Jenna facilitates the Northeast Washington Forest Coalition, a forest collaborative working on the Colville National Forest. Jenna also coordinates two state-level coalitions: the Washington Forest Collaborative Network and the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council. Prior to joining Sustainable Northwest, Jenna worked in the Research and Analysis Division of the nonpartisan Legislative Services Office in Idaho. Jenna received her Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University where her projects explored consensus-based approaches to water management in New Zealand and US community responses to natural disasters. Jenna also received a degree in economics from Portland State University. Jenna likes to spend her free time hiking, cooking, and reading.


    Cell (208) 371-3984
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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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    Cell (303) 328-7524
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  • Hannah Meganck

    Operations Manager

    Hannah began as a Sustainable Northwest Communications and Operations Intern in Fall 2016, her role expanded to support Communication, event as well as operations and finance needs in 2017. Her current role as Operations Manager allows her to advocate for her team and provide support across programs. Hannah earned a B.A. in Communications from Lewis and Clark College and is also a Certified Veterinary Technician. She spends her free time hiking with her loved ones, crafting, taking her cats on walks, and nurturing her house plants.


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    Cell (503) 853-1638
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  • Lee Rahr

    Water & Energy Program Director

    Lee joined Sustainable Northwest in 2013 and directs both the Energy and Water Programs. She built the Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon coalition and is currently leading a coalition of Klamath conservation groups and Indian Tribes, Reconnect Klamath, to support consistent, persuasive messages to the public to restore the Klamath River ecosystem and positively message dam removal. Lee also facilitates the Lower John Day Place Based Work Group to guide the sustainable use of water resources in the basin with a multi-stakeholder group representing diverse interests. Lee received a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Lee and her husband Guido are raising three boys with their Brittany, Blanca, who all take after their parents’ love for the outdoors.


    Cell (503) 318-8607
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  • Trent Seager, PhD

    Senior Forest Scientist

    Trent 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.


    Cell (541) 913-3998
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  • Kaola Swanson

    Forest Program Director

    Kaola is deeply committed to the concept of the radical middle and finding practical solutions to balance multiple outcomes. She works with Sustainable Northwest’s staff and partners to identify and implement strategies that improve forest resilience, create economic opportunities, and strengthen communities. She supports the forest program’s interdisciplinary work focused on strategies in federal forest management, forest collaboration, and community forests. Before joining Sustainable Northwest, Kaola was the Oregon Program Director for Pacific Forest Trust, where she worked to promote policies and projects for the benefits of wood, water, wildlife and climate. Her earlier work as Associate Conservation Director at The Freshwater Trust focused on developing market-based programs to increase the pace and scale of freshwater conservation. Kaola holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from University of Oregon and a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University. Her love of western forests is rooted in her experience living and working at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Kaola spends her free time in Portland and in Bend, she almost never turns down the opportunity to swim, loves reading and napping in the sun, and has her dog, Ocracoke, by her side whenever possible.


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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.


    Cell (612) 203-5332
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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.


    Cell (503) 948-5140
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