Board of Directors

Jackie Dingfelder
OLCV Board Member

Jackie Dingfelder serves as a Policy Director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.  Prior to that, she served in the Oregon State Senate from 2008-2013 and the Oregon State House from 2001-2008 where she chaired both the House and Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committees. 

Ms. Dingfelder brings over 25 years of professional experience as an environmental planner in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining Mayor Hales staff, she worked as Executive Director for a non-profit organization, River Restoration Northwest, and as an environmental planning consultant, Watershed Program Manager at For the Sake of the Salmon, and Watershed Council Coordinator for the Tualatin Watershed Council. 

In addition to Ms. Dingfelder’s legislative experience, she has a long record of community involvement including volunteering with organizations such as the Hollywood Senior Center, SMART, Planned Parenthood, and the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force. 

Ms. Dingfelder is a currently working towards completing a PhD at Portland State University in the Hatfield School of Public Policy. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning with an emphasis on Water Resources Management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography-Ecosystems Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Ms. Dingfelder lives in Northeast Portland with her husband, Tom. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, kayaking, gardening and skiing.

 
Jennifer Bragar
OLCV Board Member

Jennifer Bragar is a Portland-based attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer focused on land use, municipal and environmental law. She represents business, community, and government entities in matters unique to land use planning and municipal matters. She has appeared before the Land Use Board of Appeals and is a frequent lecturer and author on Oregon land use law. 

Before entering private practice, Jennifer founded JB Associates (1999-2003), a land use and political consulting firm in the Monterey Bay area providing services to clients around the central coast of California. She has managed campaigns for the district attorney, other elected officials, and a variety of local Santa Cruz ballot measures.

Now, Jennifer brings her passion for advocacy to the table in her community service activities where she is President of a non-profit organization, the Housing Land Advocates, and serves on the Board of the Portland Chapter of the Women of Wind Energy with a broad reach to promote all types of renewable energy sources.

Jennifer rounds out her days at Wallace Park where she meets up with her husband Don, and daughter Viviana.  Weekends are spent frolicking around Forest Park - at least until we grow out of nap time!

Charlie Burr
OLCV Board and OLCV PAC Board Member

Charlie Burr serves as communications director for Brad Avakian at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). At BOLI, Charlie drives strategic communications around the agency’s civil rights, wage protection and workforce development initiatives.

Prior to BOLI, Burr worked for a global public relations firm where he helped clients such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Columbia Energy Partners and Susan G. Komen for the Cure with message development, coalition building and community engagement. Burr is also a veteran of numerous political campaigns and ballot measures. 

A long-time supporter of OLCV, Burr was especially proud to earn the organization’s “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2001 for his organizing and electoral work.

Burr lives in northeast Portland with his wife Libby Upham and daughter, Marigny McCall Burr.  

 

Nicole Cordan
OLCV Board Chair and OLCV PAC Board Member

Nicole Cordan is the policy and legal director for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS). She lobbies on Capitol Hill and practices environmental and natural resource law, with an emphasis in Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act issues.

Prior to joining SOS, Nicole was the acting director and attorney in the Western Natural Resource Center of the National Wildlife Federation. From 1995-1997, she worked as a staff attorney for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, the environmental law clinic at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, and held the Natural Resource Fellowship position at the law school in 1995. Nicole has written and lectured on various topics including hydroelectric operations and their effects on salmon, Clean Air Act, global climate change, federal and state water rights, and water quality standards.

She received her B. A. in 1988 from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1995.

Wendy Gerlach
OLCV Board Member

Wendy Gerlach is a lawyer with a wide range of experience, ranging from corporate mergers and acquisitions, to technology licensing, to advising nonprofits.  She was most recently with the Portland estates, trusts, and nonprofits firm Thede Culpepper Moore Munro & Silliman LLP.   She has lived and worked in many environments, including 8 years in Europe, where she worked for ATAG Ernst & Young and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.  Throughout her career she has contributed to conservation causes, including volunteering for the Massachusetts Conservation Law Foundation, initiating comprehensive paper recycling for Boston's largest law firm in the 1980s, and supporting Oregon's Measure 49 campaign.  She currently serves on the board of the Columbia Land Trust.  

Wendy lives in Portland, where she has been very involved in the local community raising her children.   She is appreciative of the wonderful community resources that have supported her and her family, including public schools, outdoor school, Portland Parks and Recreation, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Metro's open spaces and public transportation system.  Wendy hopes, through civic involvement, to help make those kinds of resources and opportunities available to as many families as possible.

Wendy is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Washington School of Law, and has also studied topics ranging from negotiations to constitutional law at European institutions.

Walt Gorman
OLCV Board and OLCV PAC Board Member

Walt Gorman is a retired Intel software engineer who has earned awards, including the Harold M. Haynes Citizen Involvement Award and OLCV's Volunteer of the Year Award, for his longtime involvement in Washington County politics. Walt's local involvement includes the Clean Water Services citizen advisory committee and the Washington County planning commission. Walt has also been appointed to budget committees for the Clean Walter Services, Tualatin Valley Water, and Urban Road Maintenance Districts. He also serves on the OLCV Washington County Steering Committee.
 

Ken Hayes
OLCV Board and OLCV PAC Board Member

Ken Hayes joined OLCV’s board in 2011. He grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and found a passion there for land-use issues. He got involved when he saw that local laws were not being enforced by politicians, shifting the burden of growth from developers to taxpayers.

Ken graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree Business Management and Economics in 1991. He then worked as a manager for a Fortune 500 company for six years in the San Francisco area. That experience was followed up by working as a health club manager for four years in his hometown.

In 1999, Ken moved to Oregon, and he was inspired to get involved here after seeing the important protection the Metro Regional Government provided to preserve the environment and quality of life for all Oregonians. He has since been active in many local campaigns, including helping Bob Stacy run for Metro’s Presidency, supporting Measures 49, 66, and 67, and helping Jeff Merkley get elected to the U.S. Senate. His passion is to bring land-use issues to the forefront of public policy and fighting to protect the special place we call home: Oregon.

Ashley Henry
OLCV Board Member

Ashley Henry is the Community Engagement Manager for Beneficial State Foundation, the nonprofit entity that owns the economic interest of Beneficial State Bank, a community development bank that aims to support positive environmental and social outcomes while maintaining economic sustainability. In her role she supports bank customers and community stakeholders who are making a difference in the Pacific Northwest by developing more affordable housing, renewable energy, sustainable food systems and locally grown businesses.

She has over 20 years of experience growing support for socially and environmentally responsible businesses, innovative non-profits and progressive elected officials. She has been an active supporter of OLCV since the mid-1990’s. 

Ashley has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University. She volunteers on a variety of political campaigns for social justice and environmental progress.

 
Stephen Kafoury
OLCV Board Chair Emeritus and OLCV PAC Board Member

Stephen Kafoury is a lobbyist representing several clients concerned with protecting Oregon’s environment.

Stephen served in the Oregon House of Representatives and the Oregon Senate for four sessions in the 1970s, and had a 100 percent voting record on the environment there.

After leaving the legislature he served as chair of the Portland School Board and president of the Oregon School Boards Association. Stephen is currently past president of the Northwest Children’s Theater and School.

Eric Lemelson
OLCV Board and OLCV PAC Board Member

Eric is founder of Lemelson Vineyards, which produces some of world's finest Pinot Noir. An Oregonian since the late 1970s, Lemelson's first career was not as a farmer, but as an environmental lawyer with a strong commitment to "green" principles.
 

Christine Lewis
OLCV Board Member

Christine Lewis has been engaged in public interest advocacy and elections at the local, state, and national level since getting involved as a student. A graduate of Reed College, Lewis has held positions with Our Oceans/Pew Environment Group, SEIU Local 503, and numerous progressive ballot measures and candidate campaigns. She volunteers her legislative, fundraising, and campaign expertise to a number of organizations, including the Sierra Club, Grand Aspirations, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, and The Oregon Zoo Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, supporting Portland’s performing arts, reading, and preparing her West Linn home for the dog she hopes to adopt sometime in the future.

Walt McMonies
OLCV Board Member

Walt McMonies is a real estate transactions attorney at Lane Powell PC in Portland, Oregon.  He actively practiced for more than 40 years for various firms in both San Francisco and Portland before going on senior status in 2014 to focus on charitable work.  Walt has been a major advocate of seismically upgrading unreinforced masonry building stock to meet the heightened risk of a massive subduction earthquake, authoring articles and making presentations on the subject.  Walt is the owner of several historic apartment buildings in Portland, most notably the Trinity Place Apartments.

In 2013, Walt was appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber to serve as Multifamily Stakeholder on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission.  Walt is the co-founder and a director of the Masonry Building Owners of Oregon (aka the “Heritage Bricker Coalition”) which is working with local and state government to obtain financial assistance for owners upgrading their unreinforced masonry buildings.  Walt serves on the board of Restore Oregon, formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon.  Walt also serves on Metro’s Natural Areas Advisory Board; was co-chair of the Oregon Advisory Board of Trust for Public Land from 2010 to 2012; and was President of the Oregon Environment Council circa 1980. He was co-founder and first president of the Cascade Run Off circa 1978. 

Walt attended and graduated from Catlin Gabel School (1965), Yale University (1969) and Yale Law School (1972).

Walt enjoys skiing, cycling and boating.  He attended the Wooden Boat School in Maine and built a 12-foot sailing dinghy.

Andrea Salinas
OLCV Board Member and OLCV PAC Board Chair

Andrea is a co-founder and principal at SHARP Strategies Consulting, LLC where she helps clients navigate policy, politics, and people in the legislative and policy arenas. Before forming SHARP Strategies in 2012, Andrea served as the legislative director for the Oregon Environmental Council successfully lobbying OEC’s low-carbon fuel standard, deca-bde, IPM in schools and greenhouse gas planning bills. Andrea’s legislative career also includes two years as Congresswoman Darlene Hooley’s district aide. In addition, she brings ten years of legislative experience working in our nation's Capitol as a lobbyist and legislative aide in both chambers. Andrea holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Bing Sheldon
OLCV and OLCV PAC Board Member

 

Bing Sheldon is the retired chairman and founder of SERA Architects. His experience in master planning, mixed-use facilities and adaptive reuse of historic structures has shaped the City of Portland since the 1970s. Bing received a Bachelor of Economics from Tufts University in 1956 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1961. Bing is a recognized authority in dealing with preservation and renovation challenges and is the recipient of a plethora of awards for community service, with local publications hailing him as a "visionary." As former Chair of the City Planning Commission, he led the state's largest citizen-driven planning effort to produce the Portland Downtown Plan, which encouraged density and reduced sprawl.

Bing continues to be actively involved in community boards and advisory committees. He believes that Portlanders have a moral obligation to actively participate in the civic infrastructure which reflects our community values.

 

 

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