1000 Friends Open Committees

Farmer Advisory Committee - currently seeking members

The Farmer Advisory Committee (FAC) was formed to assist 1000 Friends in protecting, implementing, and improving Oregon's land use laws for maintaining the agricultural and forest land base needed for farming, ranching, and forestry. Join the committee today!

Policy Committee

Nominations & Governance Committee

Fundraising Strategy Committee

Marketing and Communications Committee

50th Anniversary Committee


If you are interested in joining our board or one of our board committees, contact our Board Liaison, Lily Burnett.


1000 Friends Board of Directors

Mike McCarthy (President)Farmer, Parkdale

Mike was born in Roseburg and was raised on a small farm there. After obtaining both a BS and MS in agriculture from Oregon State University, Mike went on to earn his a PhD from the Michigan State University. He and his family returned to the Hood River Valley in 1980 to expand the family farm that his grandfather settled in 1910. Mike had served on the 1000 Friends of Oregon Farm Advisory Committee before joining the board of directors in 2010. Mike has also served on the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, the Hood River Grower Shipper Association, the Crystal Springs Water District Board of Directors, and Middle Fork Irrigation District Board of Directors. He is also currently serving on the Parkdale Valley Land Trust Board and the State Board of the Oregon Farm Bureau.

Christian Richmond (Vice President) | Orchard Manager, Newburg

​Born and raised in Portland, Christian received a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University, and a MA in International Law from the American University in Cairo.  After spending time in Palestine and Sri Lanka monitoring elections and documenting human rights abuses, Christian returned to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. In 2012 Christian moved to Yamhill county to manage hazelnut orchards. He serves on the board of the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation and is active in local young farmer groups in the state.  

Andrew Haden (Secretary/Treasurer)Renewable Energy Developer, Portland

Andrew Haden is President of Wisewood Energy, a biomass energy project development firm based in Portland. His firm develops renewable heating, combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy systems for institutional, commercial, government and industrial clients across the Western US. Andrew has an MS in Rural Development from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden and a BA in Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After completing his Masters degree in Sweden, Andrew lived and worked in Scandinavia before returning home to his native Pacific Northwest to work in local food system development and biomass energy. Prior to founding Wisewood, Andrew worked at Bear Mountain Forest Products and Ecotrust.

Kurt Koehler (Recent Past President)Business Owner, Hillsboro

Kurt is a co-founder and CFO of Enli Health Intelligence, a market leader in population health management. Prior to Enli, Kurt held a variety of leadership positions at Intel, including those in finance, product marketing, general manager, plant manager, and director of internal application development, where he received two Intel Achievement awards for his contributions. Kurt received a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton. Kurt and his wife Mary live in Hillsboro where they raised seven children. Kurt is a founding board member and past president of the Hillsboro Schools Foundation and a past board member of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

John V. Allcott III, MD | Physician, Eugene

John Allcott and his wife, Beth Hunt, arrived in Oregon “for 8 months” in 1978, and never left.  He has practiced internal medicine in several Lane County communities, now with offices in Eugene and Veneta. Opposed to the West Eugene Parkway, John created a non-profit to study threatened plant and butterfly species in the path of the proposed road. Failure of that road project gave birth to the West Eugene Collaborative, a group which seeks to address transportation issues; he is a member. John also serves on the boards of Lane Independent Private Practitioners and Cease Fire Oregon.

Lucy Brehm | Lawyer, Portland

Lucy Brehm is the Associate Director of the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program at Lewis and Clark Law School. Lucy grew up in Portland, camping and exploring the rivers and forests of the Pacific NW with her large family. She received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark, and her B.A. in History from the University of Washington. Lucy has worked in private practice and as an Assistant Attorney General and Public Defender in the Territory of Guam and in Oregon. Prior to joining the law school, Lucy worked at The Climate Trust, helping to develop carbon policy and working with corporations, governments, and utilities to address carbon emissions. Prior to that she was a V.P and Sustainability Officer at ShoreBank Pacific, the first commercial bank in the U.S. to focus on environmental and sustainable lending practices. 1000 Friends of Oregon is important in her life because of its focus on community, economy and the environment, and its efforts to preserve the connection and boundaries between livable urban neighborhoods and natural areas.

Ed ClarkRadiologist (retired), Portland

Ed Clark has lived in Portland since 1975. He practiced radiology from 1975 until 2006. From 2006 until 2016 he consulted at OHSU on using evidence to create policy for state Medicaid divisions. Ed has served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy Oregon Chapter and the Deschutes Land Trust and has been an active volunteer for and supporter of environmental issues in Oregon. In his board service, Ed has been interested in board governance, engagement (board and general) and fundraising. He is an active golfer, fly fisherman and adventure traveler. As a grandfather to five grandchildren in Oregon, he is committed to preserving our environment. Although new to 1000 Friends of Oregon, Ed supports its role in maintaining sensible land use throughout Oregon.

Jackie Dingfelder | Community Leader, Portland

A public policy leader, Jackie Dingfelder has had a hand in most of Oregon’s recent landmark environmental policy reforms. She brings judgment born of three decades environmental consulting, an academic’s access to new insights, and an elected official’s leadership abilities. An adjunct professor at PSU’s Hatfield School of Government, she earned her Ph.D there in 2017 after serving as a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand. As senior advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, she led on Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, No-New-Fossil-Fuels Ordinance, and award winning 2015 Climate Action Plan. Elected to office five times, she achieved numerous significant environmental and public interest policy reforms during 13 years as an Oregon legislator. She has directed two environmental non-profits and served as a planning and policy consultant for over 20 years. A lifelong community volunteer, she co-chaired the Cleaner Air Oregon Rules Advisory Committee, served a decade on Oregon’s Hunger Relief Task Force and served on many other key boards and tasks forces. Her leadership has won numerous awards including Oregon League of Conservations Voter’s 2011 "Environmental Legislator of the Year" and Trout Unlimited’s 1998 "Conservationist of the Year." 

Jim Gilbert | Business Owner, Molalla

A fifth generation Oregonian, Jim is the founder and owner of Northwoods Nursery in Molalla.  Jim has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon Association of Nurseries and serves on the 1000 Friends Farm Advisory Committee. Jim was also the President of the Molalla Community Planning Organization for 10 years and helped lead successful efforts to prevent a gravel mine on 100 acres of prime farm land near the Molalla River and to defeat a proposed Urban Reserve on 100’s of acres of farmland surrounding the City of Molalla.   Jim has a degree in Russian Language from Portland State U. and has traveled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries of the former Soviet Union as well as in Asia and Eastern Europe.  He has introduced many new plants to Northwest gardeners, including Sea Berry, Honeyberry, Magnolia Vine, and Cornelian Cherry.

Eloise Grout Koehler | Educator, Portland

Eloise is a 6th generation Oregonian, born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After receiving her M.Ed in secondary education and teaching middle school science for four years, she transitioned to education administration as the Director of Classes and Camps at Saturday Academy. She recently earned her MBA from University from Portland and currently consults with nonprofits. Eloise is a proud mother of two young girls and is passionate about preserving Oregon’s beauty for the next generation of Oregonians.

Steve Gutmann | Entrepreneur, Portland 

Steve Gutmann spent his early years in Switzerland and Quebec, and was 8 years old when his family moved to Oregon. One of four children, he spent many summer vacations camping and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Since earning his BA from Dartmouth College, he has helped grow several businesses that are both profitable and environmentally beneficial.  He has held business development roles for ShoreBank Pacific, Flexcar, Green Leasing, LLC and EcoSecurities.  He is currently with EcoSecurities, a leading developer of greenhouse gas reduction (i.e. "carbon offset") projects for the international and domestic carbon markets.  Steve is married with two young daughters, lives in Portland, and also serves on the board of Focus the Nation.

Margaret Jane Harris | Farmer, Cornelius
MJ is a sixth generation Oregonian whose passion for Oregon’s landscape led to involvement in 1000 Friends. She was raised in Oregon and in England and went to college at University of Virginia. After graduate work in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology in North Carolina, she settled into a career with maritime nonprofits in California by way of a few winters in Jackson Hole. She returned to Oregon to raise her daughter and continue work on her family’s farm in Washington County. MJ has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and likes to be outside most of the time; whether it is planting heirloom cider apples, back country skiing, or riding horses with her daughter. 1000 Friends is a top priority for MJ because she wants to make Oregon’s wild spaces, rich farmlands, and diverse cities a fixture for the next generation and many more after that.

Ken Hayes | Farmer and Consultant, Gaston

Ken grew up in Santa Barbara and witnessed what unregulated development can do to a city and its livability. He attended Sonoma State University and majored in Business Management, with an emphasis in Finance & Economics. Ken serves on the Board of Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV), where he has perfected the art of grass-tops political action. Ken has worked as an area Manager for Enterprise Rental Car in Santa Rosa, California. He then went on to work as a Health Club Manager, and then as the manager of a storage company. Ken has also done business consulting for all kinds of businesses, from hotels to restaurants and bars. He chose to move to Oregon in 2000 because of the land use planning laws and controls on Urban Growth Boundaries by Metro.  Ken worked as a full-time volunteer for the Jeff Merkley campaign for nine months, against the Measure 37 campaign, and in support of the Measure 49 campaign. He lives on a 10-acre farm outside of Gaston, Oregon with his wife, Phyllis, and two dogs. 

Pamela Kislak | Consultant, Portland

Pamela Kislak is an experienced business and community leader. She currently works as an independent consultant, helping non-profit organizations and socially responsible businesses to develop and implement actionable strategic plans that enable them to meet both their financial and social impact objectives. Prior to consulting, Pamela spent 15 years leading strategy, marketing and operations for education companies. A strategic leader who is adept at hearing and synthesizing diverse viewpoints, Pamela’s projects focused on bringing education, technology and business units together to leverage each other’s strengths in the simultaneous pursuit of both student achievement and organizational sustainability.  Pamela was the Founding President of the ACCESS Academy School Foundation and currently serves as the Co-chairperson of the Portland Public School District-wide Boundary Review Committee. Pamela holds an MBA with a focus on Social Responsibility in Business from the University of California, and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.  She lives in SE Portland with her husband and two children.

Jason Lett | Winemaker, McMinnville​

​Jason Lett is the second-generation proprietor & winemaker of The Eyrie Vineyards, a founding Oregon winery and vineyard. He farms 130 acres in the Dundee Hills, combining a lifetime of hands-on experience with a scientific background in research ecology. When he’s not making wine, Jason and his wife tend a small farm of their own with livestock, including goats, sheep, chickens, and three children.

Nolan Lienhart | Urban Designer, Portland

Nolan Lienhart is the Director of Planning & Urban Design with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, where he specializes in mixed-use and transit-oriented development.  He left Portland to attend Colgate University, where he developed a passion for urban planning, and a desire to return to help protect Oregon's world-renowned reputation for livable communities and environmental stewardship. On the way home, he stopped to work as a policy assistant to Congressman Earl Blumenauer in Washington, DC, and earned a Master of City Planning and a Certificate of Real Estate Design and Development at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Nolan also serves on the board of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the State of Oregon Capitol Planning Commission.  

Elisabeth Lyon | Community Activist, Portland

Elisabeth received a BA in Art History from Mt. Holyoke College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a professional planner in North Carolina, Maryland, and Oregon. In the non profit sector she has served on boards that include Pathfinder International, the Dean's Advisory Council of the PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs, the PSU Museum of the City, The Library Foundation, Saturday Academy, Transition Projects, and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette. She is married and has two adult children.

Greg MacphersonConservation Leader, Portland

Greg served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009. There he co-chaired the 2007 joint committee that formulated Ballot Measure 49, removing a threat of rampant development on prime farmland. Greg was a member from 2009 to 2017 of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, including service as chair. He grew up on the Linn County farm operated by his father, Senator Hector Macpherson, original sponsor of the 1973 legislation creating statewide land use planning in Oregon. Greg got his bachelor’s at Harvard University and law degree at Georgetown Law School. Since retiring from the Stoel Rives law firm in Portland, Greg spends much of his time maintaining the family farm.

Maryellen McCulloch | Business Owner, Portland

As a lavender farmer and gardener in Multnomah County, Maryellen has a deep connection to the land and is focused on human, animal, plant and insect impacts on the land. Oregon is unique, with its land use laws protecting farmland and logical urban growth efforts. Maryellen feels privileged to both prioritize land use issues and serve the community through her membership in 1000 friends of Oregon.

Issei Saida | Attorney, Portland

Issei is an associate lawyer at Tomasi Salyer Martin focusing on real estate transactions and land use, including assisting in a number of affordable housing developments. After receiving his JD from the University of Oregon School of Law, Issei worked at one of Tokyo's largest real estate brokerage firms where he supported a team focused on innovations in customer experience and business practices. Issei is excited to bring his policy and real estate experience to the 1000 Friends board and is particularly interested in how Oregon's land use systems reflect an shape its diverse cultures and citizens.

Sharon Wade Ellis | Former Momentum Fellow, Portland

Sharon was born in the Midwest. She grew up in the larger urban cities of Illinois, Michigan, California, Louisiana and Texas and returned to the Midwest for college. After completing her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University she lived in rural Michigan for nearly 15 years, enjoying the Great Lakes and vast natural areas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She returned to the west coast to attend University of Oregon’s Community and Regional Planning master’s program and to work on affordable housing issues, and along the way discovered Oregon’s preserved paradises. She has dedicated her work advocating for equitable housing for individuals and families with low incomes in both urban and rural communities. Sharon joined Meyer Memorial Trust as a Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow in September 2015 after working for Senator Jeff Merkley and completed her Fellowship in November 2017. She currently serves as an advisory member of Proud Ground’s development committee. She lives in St. Johns in North Portland.

Jim Wood | Rancher and Veterinarian, Post

Jim is a rancher and large animal veterinarian and a lifelong Oregonian. He and his family have a cow/calf operation in Post, Oregon. Jim received his undergraduate degrees (B.A. and B. Sc.) at Oregon State University and completed his education with veterinary degrees (B.V.M.S. and M.V.M.) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  He returned in 1992 to live full time at the ranch and to establish an ambulatory veterinary practice. Jim is a past and founding member of both the Crook County Watershed Council  and the Crook County Weed Management Area. He is a former two term president of the Crook County Stockgrowers Association and a past member of the County Line Water Improvement District in Morrow County as his family also has farming interests in Morrow and Washington counties. Jim was also a member of the Oregon Small Woodlands Legislative Committee as well as 1000 Friends Regional Advisory Committee in Central Oregon. Jim is married and has a teenaged son.