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. 

Amanda Caffall
Development Director
(503) 497-1000 x137 | amanda@friends.org

Although raised in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens, Amanda is arguably a fifth generation Oregonian; her family was in the timber business in Oregon for four generations. She’s a trained lawyer, with certifications in natural resource and environment as well as public interest law, and a movement-builder by nature. Amanda joined the staff in October 2013. 

Sam Diaz
Community Engagement Coordinator
(503) 497-1000 x123 | sam@friends.org

Raised in Redding, California, Sam attended Colgate University, where he majored in Geography, Sociology and Anthropology. In 2012, he moved back to Portland attend Lewis & Clark Law School, in large part due to their environmental and natural resources law program. During his first summer at a local non-profit, he further developed a passion for connecting people to policy. Sam manages our Land Use Leadership Initiative as well as engagement on Metro’s Climate Smart Communities Scenarios. 

Greg Holmes
Southern Oregon Advocate
(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
Administrative 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. 

Steve McCoy
Farm and Forest Staff Attorney
(503) 497-1000 x126 | steve@friends.org

Before becoming an attorney, Steve McCoy was a software engineer for 13 years. He built internet infrastructure software during the internet boom and ensuing internet bust. Later he worked on climate change policy for the Renewable Energy Division of the Oregon Department of Energy and volunteered at American Rivers and the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center as a legal intern. In 2007, Steve received his law degree and a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. He joined the 1000 Friends staff in June 2008.

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Policy Director and Staff Attorney
(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. In addition to serving as Policy Director, Mary Kyle oversees the 1000 Friends Cool Communities program, focusing on urban development, transportation choice, and affordable housing issues. 

Mia Nelson

Mia Nelson
Willamette Valley Advocate
(541) 520-3763 | mia@friends.org

Mia Nelson spent 15 years as a real estate developer and contractor before re-entering the fray of land use politics from the opposite direction. After two years of volunteer activism on local population forecasts and UGB expansions, she joined the 1000 Friends staff in January 2010. She lives in on a 500-acre farm in Lowell where she raises Kiko meat goats with her husband.

Pam Phan
Hub Program Coordinator
(503) 497-1000 x129 | pam@friends.org

Pam Phan is a 2014 graduate of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. She has over 15 years experience working with immigrants, refugees, and youth of color, with a focus to help create political space around the issues that affect them most. She joined the staff of 1000 Friends in July 2014, starting up our new "Hub" program to connect interns with community organizations.