The Climate Trust | Staff

Staff

Julius Pasay,C.F.

Executive Director, Interim

Julius oversees operations and investments at The Climate Trust to effectively deliver carbon project funding and management to our partners while also demonstrating innovative strategies to leverage the rapidly evolving carbon markets to meet global climate change mitigation and resilience goals. Prior to his work at The Climate Trust, Julius was the Forest Manager for the Yale Forests and a U.S. Fulbright scholar investigating climate-smart agroforestry techniques in France. Julius is a Certified Forester and holds a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has been with The Climate Trust since 2017.

Karen Ward C.P.A., C.G.M.A.

Chief Financial Officer

Karen is responsible for managing The Climate Trust’s accounting and finance activities and related compliance. Karen is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of both Oregon Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has more than 20 years’ experience in public accounting with the international CPA firm, Deloitte & Touche, LLP; supervising and managing the audits of a wide range of clients in various industries. Prior to The Climate Trust, Karen served as the Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations overseeing mergers, contract negotiations, grant reporting and overall strategic planning. She has been with The Climate Trust since 2016.

Kyler Sherry

Senior Program Manager

Kyler manages The Climate Trust’s carbon offset projects in the biogas digester sector and provides technical analysis, including greenhouse gas modeling, to support the Trust’s carbon project development in grasslands, forestry and wetlands. She also manages The Trust’s offset project portfolio account registries and internal credit tracking registries. Kyler holds a Masters of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting and B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. Kyler has been with The Climate Trust since 2018. 

Josh Fain

Director, Forest Carbon

Josh manages the origination and development of forest carbon projects to facilitate a robust pipeline and active portfolio of viable forest carbon projects for The Climate Trust. Josh holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has been with The Climate Trust since July 2021.

Madeline Montague

Forest Carbon Analyst

Madeline provides technical expertise to help support the acquisition, development, and ongoing management of forest carbon offset projects. Madeline holds a Masters in Forest Biology from Purdue University. She was also awarded the Fred M. van Eck Fellowship for Graduate Research in forest restoration. She has been with The Climate Trust since July 2021.

Nichole Wallace

Senior Administrative Specialist

Nichole is responsible for general fiscal management, administrative support for day-to-day operations, managing vendor relationships, board communications, IT, and general  Human Resources support. Nichole holds a Masters in Museum and Exhibition Studies from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to working at The Climate Trust, Nichole was the Executive Assistant at The Chicago High School for the Arts. She has been with The Climate Trust since February of 2019. 

Ryan McGraw

Vice President, Project Development
PacificCorp

Ryan believes that renewable energy is good for local communities, good for America, and great for our environment. With that belief in mind, Ryan has spent his career developing and constructing over 2,000 megawatts of utility-scale renewable energy projects and managing over $1 billion in operational renewable energy assets. His educational background includes a JD from Willamette University College of Law, an MBA from Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and a BS from University of California, Davis.

Amrita Vatsal

Managing Director, EcoTrust Forest Management

Amrita Vatsal is a Managing Director, Business Development with EFM. She joined the firm in 2011 to lead the development of private impact investment vehicles that aim to accelerate the adoption of climate-smart forestry across the western United States. Amrita now also spearheads the development of carbon projects and conservation finance strategies on EFM’s 100,000-acre portfolio and she leads EFM’s advisory initiatives. She is a member of the company’s management team and investment committee. Amrita has worked at the intersection of finance and the environment throughout her career, At EFM she led the development of the first forest carbon project to be registered and validated on private lands in Oregon and Washington, under the VCS Standard. In previous roles she has helped develop carbon projects to finance avoided deforestation projects in Indonesia (the Katingan project), and the adoption of clean efficient cookstoves in West Africa (E+Carbon). Amrita is a Fellow of the Erb Institute of Global Sustainable Enterprise and graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA and an M.S. in Natural Resources. She was named the Journal of Environmental Investing’s first Graduate Scholar, and is a co-author of ‘Evolutions in Sustainable Investing’, published by Wiley in 2012.

Morgan Rider

Co-Founder, Thriving Designs

Morgan is an environmental engineer with over 25 years’ experience working with government, nonprofit and private organizations on a variety of environmental and natural resource related issues. Morgan believes the best way to affect long-term behavior change is through amazing creative visuals, simple messaging, and great storytelling. Morgan serves as a Board Member for the Wetlands Conservancy, the Chair, Clean Fuels Rule Making Advisory Committee, and on the Advisory Committee Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, Northern Lights. She has a degree from Cornell University, in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Brad Hunter

Business Lender, Craft3

Brad is a senior lender with Craft3 and manages Craft3’s Clean Tech Investments, as well as the Conservation Bridge Fund that provides financing to accelerate land conservation in the region. Prior to joining the Craft3 team, Brad worked for GreenWood Resources as a business analyst. Previous work experience includes commercial lending with GE Capital and forest management/timberland valuation for Green Crow and American Forest Management. Brad received his B.A. in History from The University of the South. He also has a Master of Forestry from Yale University and an MBA from University of North Carolina. 

Patrick Maloney

Principal, Occam Advisors

Patrick works at the intersection of capital and impact across sectors and asset classes. At Occam Advisors, he helps investors, entrepreneurs and nonprofits building companies and funds that combine impact and profit, especially those in his home state of Oregon. Prior to forming Occam Advisors, he was a Principal with Imprint Capital, a leading impact investment advisor to foundations and high net worth families, where he was Head of Strategy as well as lead for the Energy & Environment practice area. Prior to Imprint, he was Program Director for The Lemelson Foundation, where he headed the Foundation’s investments in for-profit and nonprofit organizations developing and distributing energy, water, agricultural and health technologies, primarily in the developing world. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Arya Behbehani

Senior Director, Portland General Electric

Arya is the Senior Director of Environmental and Licensing for Portland General Electric (PGE)–a role that ensures PGE operations comply with all environmental regulations and that the company demonstrates outstanding environmental stewardship. This work includes fish and wildlife protection near all generation facilities, habitat restoration, air and water quality sampling, and environmental permitting. Arya first worked at PGE from 1985 to 1988 as a Trojan Nuclear Plant engineer and rejoined PGE in 1997 as an engineer in the Power Supply Engineering Department. She has served as a project manager for the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, Port Westward project development and Willamette Falls Hydro facility, among others. She received her Bachelor of Science in engineering from Roger Williams University and received her MBA from Marylhurst University.

Jason Johns

Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP

Jason advises independent power producers, utilities, investors, and large users of gas and power resources with matters arising in power markets and state and federal energy regulatory arenas. Jason appears regularly in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His experience includes the negotiation of major facility contracts, such as interconnection, transmission, and power purchase agreements, the prosecution of disputes at FERC, and counseling and defending clients on issues related to regulatory compliance. Jason has also assisted these clients with demand management agreements, the installation of on-site resources, and with retail and wholesale power purchase agreements for renewable energy and other resources. Jason and his wife are parents to two growing boys, and they live just outside of Portland, Oregon.

Odin Knudsen

Retired, Real Options International

Odin has retired from President/CEO and founder of Real Options International where he helped clients transform environmental compliance and other regulatory liabilities into assets through a comprehensive approach to risk management and the use of options in investments and portfolio decisions. Odin also started J.P. Morgan’s leading environmental markets business. Odin has nearly three decades of experience at the World Bank, where he was Deputy Vice President and Senior Advisor and oversaw the bank’s carbon finance business, growing carbon offset transactions from $140 million to over $1 billion, with nearly $2 billion of funds under management in the carbon offset market.He holds a PhD in Applied Economics and several engineering degrees from Stanford University and advanced management and financial training from Harvard’s and Stanford’s business schools. 

David Van’t Hof

Attorney and Energy Consultant, Van’t Hof Legal and Strategic Services

David is an attorney with his own policy and law practice in Portland, Oregon. His practice focuses in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and climate policy, drawing from his experience as Sustainability Policy Advisor to former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and ten years of practice at Stoel Rives and Lane Powell law firms. With the Governor’s Office, David led the state’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative, the framework for a regional cap and trade program, and in developing the state’s nationally recognized climate change and renewable energy policies. David has served on numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency non-profit boards, including Climate Solutions, and also works with non-profits on a contract basis both providing legal and policy expertise. David earned his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 1994) from the University of Michigan Law School and his undergraduate degree (B.A. Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, 1988) from Trinity College, Hartford CT.

Kelley Beamer

Executive Director, The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

Kelley is passionate about the role of nature in providing climate solutions. She leads COLT, a statewide coalition of non-profit land trusts that protect Oregon’s special places. During her nine years at COLT Kelley has built a powerful statewide network to support land conservation in Oregon and nurtured the growth and development of 21 non profit organizations. Kelley has more than 15 years of experience developing strategic advocacy campaigns to unite people from diverse backgrounds. Prior to joining the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, Kelley worked at Cascadia Green Building Council and Friends of Columbia Gorge. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Arts in Environmental Policy from American University.

Alexis Nelson

Head of Finance and Corporate Strategy, Gybe

Alexis’s professional background spans the industries of venture capital, agricultural and clean
technology, adventure tourism, and investment management. Her functional expertise includes
economic and financial analysis, investment strategy, and business and corporate development.
She is passionate about optimizing profitability while maximizing the positive social and
environmental impact of innovative products and services.
Alexis is currently the Head of Finance and Corporate Strategy at a cleantech company called
Gybe. Gybe is focused on water conservation and monitoring and securing a clean water future
for all. Further, she serves on the investment committee of Portland State Impact Ventures, a
student-led impact venture fund she founded in 2019. And she is on the advisory committee of
a three-year phase-II project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) focused on catalyzing investment in the US Aquaculture industry.

Kit Batten

Owner, Kit Batten Consulting

Katharine (Kit) Batten is a recognized expert in climate-change policy and international development with nearly 20 years of sustainability leadership in governments, companies, NGO’s, and universities. In addition to her climate change and sustainability consulting practice, Dr. Batten is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University in the School of Sustainability. She also serves on the board of Unite Oregon, a non-profit organization led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty that is dedicated to working across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.