The Climate Trust | Staff


Kristen Kleiman

Chief Investment Officer

Kristen is responsible for managing the The Climate Trust’s finances, investment portfolio and Climate Trust Capital, its wholly owned subsidiary. She is an institutional investment expert with 30 years’ experience. She specializes in natural resource investment portfolio management with particular expertise in the negotiation, structuring, and management of international timberland acquisitions and dispositions. Kristen’s background includes her tenure as a member of the Board of Directors of East Africa’s largest forestry company and as a central participant in investment decision-making for two leading timberland investment management firms. She has been with The Climate Trust since 2016. 

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.

Julius Pasay,C.F.

Director of Project Development

Julius oversees due diligence and assessment for forestry and grassland related investment opportunities, and works on the technical aspects of carbon offset project development with landowners and land managers throughout the U.S. He also manages investments in these sectors for Fund I. 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.

Kyler Sherry

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. 

Nichole Wallace

Administrative Coordinator

Nichole ensures smooth day-to-day office operations, manages vendor relationships, board communications, and select accounting duties. Nichole holds a Graduate degree 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. 

Morgan Rider

Board Chair

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.

Patrick Maloney

Vice Chair
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

Board Secretary
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.

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. 

Odin Knudsen

Board Member
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. 

Jason Johns

Board Member
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.

David Van’t Hof

Board Member
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.

Ryan McGraw

Board Member
President, Orion Energy Group LLC

Ryan believes that renewable energy is good for local communities, good for America, and great for our environment. With that belief in mind, Ryan works to develop, construct, and operate renewable energy farms across the United States, including managing over $1 billion in operational assets and developing over 1,000 megawatts of new wind and solar projects. 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

Board Member
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.

Kelley Beamer

Board Member
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.

Heather Loechle, CPA

Board Member
Corporate Accounting Manager, PacifiCorp

Heather has worked in a variety of accounting and auditing roles in public accounting, corporate accounting and internal audit. She is currently a manager in the Corporate Accounting group at PacifiCorp where she contributes to the integrity of the financial accounting records and reports. Heather is passionate about organizations, such as The Climate Trust, that contribute to a regenerative economy. She serves on the board of two other not-for-profit organizations where she leverages her accounting and auditing background to help ensure their fiscal success. She is a Certified Public Accountant and obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of North Dakota.