1000 Friends Staff & Offices

Jason Miner

Jason Miner  
Executive Director
(503) 497-1000 | jason@friends.org

Before to coming to 1000 Friends in May 2010, Jason Miner served as the Geoffrey Hughes Director of the Western Massachusetts Program for the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, he was Conservation Director for Oregon Trout from 2000 to 2005. He served on the Steens Mountain Advisory Council from 2001 to 2005, and was instrumental in creating the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act. He holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Amherst College and a law degree and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. 

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Meriel Darzen  
Circuit Rider Staff Attorney
(541) 797-6761 | Meriel@friends.org

Meriel joined 1000 Friends of Oregon in 2016 as the Circuit Rider Staff Attorney. She focuses on land use issues affecting rural Oregon and rural Oregonians, including the conservation of farm and forest lands. Meriel has a law degree and a Masters in Forest Resources from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University. Prior to joining 1000 Friends, Meriel practiced law in Bend and volunteered with numerous organizations including Sierra Club and Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Before becoming an attorney she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she helped build a USAID-funded fruit-tree nursery.   

Greg Holmes
Food Systems Program Director
(541) 474-1155 | greg@friends.org

Greg Holmes holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining 1000 Friends in November 2002, he spent more than 15 years in the energy policy field, including ratepayer advocacy and helping clients identify energy efficiency investment strategies. He also did transportation advocacy work and has been affiliated with several non-profit organizations, including a stint on the board of directors for the Oregon Natural Deserts Association.

Robin Jennings
Executive Assistant
(503) 497-1000 x125 | robin@friends.org

Prior to joining 1000 Friends in June 2008, Robin Jennings worked for 13 years for the American Tinnitus Association as Executive Assistant. Robin moved with her family to Oregon from Hawaii in October of 1967. Her first memory of Oregon is the color gray. She earned her BS in History from Portland State University. 

 

 

Alyson Marchi-Young
Marketing and Communications Strategist
(503) 497-1000 x124 | alyson@friends.org

Alyson joined the 1000 Friends team in August 2015 after spending 7 years in non-profit development for other Oregon institutions, OMSI and OPB. Working with business donors, Alyson honed her marketing skills as she developed media plans, supported event outreach, crafted public communications and more for her clients. Alyson studied at the University of Puget Sound and Southern Oregon University, where she received her degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on literary criticism and historic analysis. 

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Deputy Director 
(503) 497-1000 x130 | mkm@friends.org

Mary Kyle McCurdy earned her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of California at Davis. She served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edward Leavy. After two years in private practice, she joined 1000 Friends in 1990 as a staff attorney. She had served 1000 Friends as Policy Director and Staff Attorney, prior to her post as Deputy Director. In addition to serving as Deputy Director, Mary Kyle oversees the 1000 Friends Cool Communities program, focusing on urban development, transportation choice, and affordable housing issues. 

Mia Nelson

Mia Nelson
Urban Specialist 
(541) 520-3763 | mia@friends.org

Raised in rural Minnesota, Mia Nelson moved to Oregon in the 1980s to attend school, and never left.  She spent 15 years as a real estate developer and contractor before re-entering the fray of land use politics from a different direction. After two years of volunteer activism on local population forecasts and UGB expansions, she joined the 1000 Friends staff in January 2010.  Mia's work focuses on urban issues around the state, with a special focus on the Eugene-Springfield area.

Andrew Riley
Community Engagement Coordinator
(503) 497-1000 x129 | Andrew@friends.org

Prior to joining 1000 Friends in May of 2016, Andrew Riley spent 6 years as a policy wonk, lobbyist, and community organizer on issues ranging from housing affordability and economic development to police accountability and immigration reform. In those roles, he has worked with the Center for Intercultural Organizing, Oregon Health Equity Alliance, OPAL Environmental Justice, Community Alliance of Tenants, and Common Cause Oregon. Andrew was born and raised in Portland (minus a few years he spent in the cornfields of Iowa in elementary school), and holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and Latin American Literature from Lewis & Clark College.