A pioneer of Oregon’s green building movement, Stephen Aiguier founded Green Hammer in 2002, evolving the business into a design-build firm committed to advancing the highest standards for sustainable building. As a Certified Passive House Consultant and building-science expert, Stephen teaches Earth Advantage Institute’s Sustainable Homes Professional class in Portland, Oregon. He also sits on the board of the environmental education non-profit Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.
Stephen is passionate about a triple bottom line focus and a staunch advocate for people in the people, planet, and profit equation. In 2017 Green Hammer became a Certified B Corporation, joining more than 2,000 companies in 50 countries focused on using the power of business to address social and environmental challenges. In 2011, Stephen was named one of Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”, and as one of Sustainable Business Oregon’s Top 10 Sustainable Built Environment Leaders to Watch in 2012.
Founder & CEO Kinesis
Shawn Busse is the founder and CEO of Kinesis, a Portland-based marketing firm and business consultancy focused on transformation. Since starting Kinesis in 2000, Shawn has been on a mission to radically transform how businesses think about marketing, culture, and growth. While traditional marketing focuses on external tactics, he found that the most successful companies start at their epicenter and gravitate outward. Shawn uses this core business philosophy, Marketing from the Inside Out®, to help small business owners and leaders reinvent their companies.
Stephanie Ghoston Paul
Business Consultant and Personal Coach Cultivated Sense
Stephanie Ghoston Paul is a recovering lawyer and an internationally recognized speaker, facilitator, and organizational development consultant. She brings over 15 years of experience in advancing equity, fostering inclusive leadership and sparking systems transformation using racial justice and healing frameworks. Stephanie's unique approach skillfully and wholeheartedly combines her sharp legal mind, problem solving skills, and love of people to powerfully serve clients and challenge existing systems. She has worked with leaders and staff in the nonprofit, for-profit, education, foundation and public sectors to integrate equity and inclusion into the core identities of those organizations. She's well versed in assessing organizational culture, tool building, and strategic coaching for equity. Stephanie is also on the board for the Global Youth Leadership Institute, a program she completed in high school as a member of its founding cohort.
Founder & CEO Living Room Realty
What does being lead singer and guitar player in a female punk band have in common with starting a real estate company in the middle of a recession? Not many people can answer that question. But when you ask Jenelle Isaacson, founder and CEO of Living Room Realty, there’s no hesitation; where most would see a chasm, she sees a bridge. For Jenelle, it’s all been about finding a voice—the singular and irrepressible expression of self. Whether it’s business or music, “It’s important to know what your voice is. If it’s true, it will resonate.” Jenelle’s voice, her truth, is about being brave enough to take action without apology, being heard without being exploited, to be energized, constantly problem-solving and refining her skills in the pursuit of building a purpose-driven company. All this requires risk-taking. She’s learned the hard way that she can’t fix everything and that not everyone will share her vision. But even as she explains the difficult choices she’s faced, Jenelle radiates joy. Living Room Realty, founded in 2009, offers residential, commercial, and property management services. Living Room ranks in the top 15 real estate companies in Oregon, with more than 130 affiliated agents.
Executive Director Health in Harmony
After completing his M.S. in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology in the U.S., Jonathan spent several formative years in Japan and then flew to post-conflict Kosovo where he volunteered for two years with a grassroots organization working with Roma Gypsy communities inside embattled Serbian enclaves. He later joined Save the Children in the UK and earned his M.A. in International Politics and Security at Bradford University. In 2005, he joined Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), spending the next decade managing medical programs inside conflict zones and humanitarian crises including South Sudan, Ethiopia, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Liberia, and elsewhere. He spent four years as Deputy Executive Director for MSF Canada. Responding to crises like Ebola Virus outbreak, the Syrian conflict, and famine in the Horn of Africa – all of which have (in)direct root causes in climate change – he realized he was going to work every day to address the humanitarian fallout of a sick planet. So, in 2017, Jennings transitioned into the role of Executive Director at Health In Harmony, a disruptive planetary health organization that works at the intersection of human health and ecosystem integrity in order to reverse deforestation of tropical rain forests and curb global warming.
Founder & CEO Sustainable Restaurant Group
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & American Studies with Honors, Kristofor initially desired to be an environmental lawyer as he understood even then that sustainability is one the biggest issues of our time. However, after looking at the rise of the farm-to-table movement in the culinary industry, Kristofor thought about conquering the impossible by taking the practice to the next level with one of his favorite foods: sushi. In 2008 Kristofor set out on a mission to build the most innovative and creative hospitality group in America, the Sustainable Restaurant Group (SRG). SRG is the living embodiment of this mission, whereby the environment, people, community, and profits are all accounted for at the highest level, in unison. Today, under Kristofor's leadership, SRG runs two successful concepts (Bamboo Sushi and QuickFish) in nine locations in Portland, Oregon and Denver, CO with ten more slated to open in the next two years, including in new markets such as San Francisco and Seattle.
Desirée F. Pacheco
Associate Professor Portland State University
Dr. Pacheco is an associate professor at Portland State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Management and Entrepreneurship and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to her doctoral studies, Professor Pacheco worked as a management and technology consultant with Accenture, where she worked with a variety of established and start-up companies in defining their strategic direction and implementing new processes and systems. She continues to actively consult with small and medium size organizations. Dr. Pacheco’s research is in the area of sustainable business, as it relates to social activism, firm strategy, and entrepreneurship. Her research has been published in the Journal of Management, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and The Academy of Management Journal; amongst other publications. Professor Pacheco was granted the 2015 Emerging Scholar Award by the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) division of the Academy of Management. This award is granted to academics who have made outstanding research contributions in the area of organizations and the natural environment, and who have strong potential to continue making such contributions.
Senior Community Relations Manager New Seasons Market
Chenoa Philabaum is the Senior Community Relations Manager at New Seasons Market, responsible for the neighborhood outreach and charitable giving programs for the PNW region. She is passionate about building strong communities.
Andrea’s superpower is asking the right questions. As a Strategist, she distills insights from data, story, and context to develop strategies that drive business outcomes. She draws on her experience in diverse markets and organizational structures to uncover what makes each business remarkable and how to leverage it for impact and growth.
Andrea "Dre" Christman moved to Portland after studying sustainability in college in Ohio. She quickly found B-Line and dove into the world of tricycle delivery and last-mile logistics. Three years later, she has learned about the world of transportation, food systems, the Portland lifestyle, and so much more. Appreciating our B Corp certification, Dre hopes to expand B-Line's reach as a force for good!
Jacqueline Fassett joined the Idealist Consulting team in 2016. She is a certified Marketing Automation Specialist committed to using her talents as a force for good. She thoughtfully coaches local, national, small business, and nonprofit clients on building digital marketing campaigns that drive engagement, increase giving, and fuel growth— all without compromising mission or brand representation.
Inside Sales Manager Upward Technology
Lauren Schaefer is the Inside Sales Manager at Upward Technology, a managed IT services provider and certified B Corp. In addition to sales and marketing, she helps lead the Impact Committee, which focuses on being a positive force in the Portland community. Lauren is the co-founder of 1122 gallery, resident curator at Red Luck, and also hosts comedy shows and benefits at the Portland Mercado.
Director of Community Engagement Kinesis
As Director of Community Engagement, Alison is a voice for Kinesis in the community, connecting with purpose-driven partners and organizations making a difference. Kinesis helps business leaders achieve their growth goals in two ways: winning right-fit customers and engaging top talent. With the help of Kinesis’ philosophy and people, marketing transforms from a surface-level activity to a focused driver of business success.
Executive Director Ascent Funding
Robin Wang is the Executive Director of Ascent Funding, a Portland area nonprofit organization that offers advisory support together with fair and affordable business loans to address the capital access disparities facing minority and women-owned businesses. Arriving in Portland in 2003, Robin began his pursuit of using business as a force for good by becoming the co-owner of the ReDirect Guide, a media firm that promoted sustainable lifestyles throughout the American West.
Co-Owner Canvas Host
Angela Anderson, Co-Owner of Canvas Host, LLC, a B Corp since 2009, has an extensive background in Organizational Dynamics and Leadership. Before joining the team at Canvas Host, Angela managed and led teams in the educational, finance, real estate, and retail sectors. Combined with her MBA in Organizational Psychology and her Bachelor of Science in Communication, Angela leads many business networking events in the Portland Metro area as well as provides professional consulting to her Canvas Host customers struggling with operations and finance.
Partner and Employee Experience Strategist Future Work Design
Katie has been creating and implementing successful human resources programs for over 15 years. Her work has helped organizations win Oregon's Best Company To Work, Fortune Magazine's Most Flexible Workplace, and Fortune Magazine's Top Consulting Firms among others. When not advising clients you will find her pushing her thinking through speaking, podcasts and writing engagements. Katie has a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a B.S in Sociology. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
US Program Manager Green Monday
Katie Cantrell is the founder and Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, and US Program Manager for Green Monday. Katie founded FFAC to educate people about the ecological and social justice hazards of industrial animal agriculture, and partners with Green Monday to promote institutional food sustainability. She has given over 250 presentations to educational institutions such as Yale and Stanford; businesses such as Google and Microsoft; and governmental agencies such as the California Department of Public Health and Multnomah County Green Team. Her materials have been used as a resource by food justice advocates across the world.
Redd Campus Manager Ecotrust
Emma is the Campus Manager for The Redd on Salmon Street, a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic Central Eastside designed to support regional food system growth. She helps resilient and regenerative food companies grow as a part of her personal mission to create industry standards that restore our environment and diversify our communities. Connecting farmers, food producers, distributors, buyers and consumers drive her daily energy and passion. Emma holds a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Colorado College, and spent the past 5 years directing national supply chains for organic consumer packaged goods before joining Ecotrust in 2017.
Adjunct Professor Oregon Institute of Technology
Laura DeVito teaches art and design at the Oregon Institute of Technology. She developed curriculum for engineering, medical care, and business students on how to think like designers, and apply these skills to their personal and professional practices. Laura teaches online and in-class, including a Design Thinking course that uses the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge as a framework to address climate change issues. She also has a background in sustainable development and real estate. While Assistant Director of a sustainable development and certified B Corp in Salem, she devised marketing strategies and created events to cultivate community growth. Laura has a deep interest in urban planning and development with regards to green building and equity.
Vice President, Client & Treasury Manager Beneficial State Bank
Craig Hill is Certifications Chair for B Local PDX, joining the board in 2017. His work focuses on connecting companies engaged in the B Impact Assessment process (be it their company’s initial certification or a recertification team within a company) with resources to aid in their certification process and increase their impact. He leads the monthly B 101 learning sessions prior to the B Learning lunches and the recurring Hackathon sessions, while also taking one-on-one informational meetings with prospective B Corps. His day job is at Beneficial State Bank, recognized for six years running by B Lab as a “Best for the World” B Corp, as a Client & Treasury Manager where he helps customers connect their day-to-day and strategic banking relationships with their B Corp values.
Partner and Senior Design Strategist Future Work Design
Nina has been facilitating meaningful conversations on organizational life and diversity, equity and inclusion almost for 20 years. As a consultant, she has worked with grassroots nonprofits, scaling startups, large public systems and Global 500 companies. She leads clients through a human-centered design approach to organizational problem solving and design and transformational team coaching. She is a frequent public speaker and has presented at conferences and events including the Association for Change Management Professionals, Governing for Racial Equity, and the Organizational Development Network. She has a M.A. in Organizational Development from the LIOS College of Saybrook University and B.A. from Economics at Lewis & Clark College.
Organizational Development and Culture Director Beneficial State Foundation
Kate leads organizational development and culture at Beneficial State Foundation, incorporating the foundation’s strong values around social, environmental and economic justice into the work environment. Kate previously helped lead Beneficial State’s community engagement and outreach activities in Portland. Her background is in managing executive education and leadership development programs and events for Portland State University and Evanta. A published writer, Kate believes good things happen when we speak, write and bear witness to each other’s stories. She is on the board of directors for B Local PDX and Write Around Portland. Kate is passionate about the positivity, creativity and mindfulness of handwritten mail – ask her about her snail mail correspondence practice!
Associate Professor Oregon Institute of Technology
Dr. Aaron Scher is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy at the Oregon Institute of Technology's Portland-Metro campus. He earned his PhD in 2008 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and specializes in RF/wireless and electromagnetic engineering. His current research interests include undergraduate engineering education and wireless power transfer. As an educator, Dr. Scher strives to bring design thinking into the classroom to foster empathy, creativity, and teamwork. In 2017, he joined an immersive four-day Teaching and Learning Studio Faculty workshop at Stanford's d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design). Since then, he has been applying and building off of what he learned at the d.school, and is excited to share design thinking with others.
Commercial Sales Manager The Joinery
Kelsey Moody is a passionate creator of both community and handcrafted furniture. As the Commercial Sales Manager for The Joinery, they build relationships with the design community and manage all B2B sales. Starting as The Joinery’s first Woodworker Apprentice in 2016, Kelsey quickly moved into a role as a builder and after two years in the shop, they transitioned into their current role. During Kelsey’s time at The Joinery, they have been the lead of the Sustainability and Values teams as well as taking on the unofficial role of “B Keeper.” Kelsey holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. In their free time, Kelsey enjoys being in the forest and partaking in the abundant outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Kelsey is non-binary and prefers they/them pronouns.
Grocery Accounts Manager Nossa Familia Coffee
Coffee has been an essential part of Steven Payne’s family life since he was 8 and his parents were introduced to the wonder of fresh ground beans and the pour-over. He followed coffee to his first job working for the mom-and-pop kitchen shop where his mother bought their bulk beans, ultimately becoming the coffee buyer and in-house expert on home espresso machines. He met Augusto Carneiro, owner and founder of Nossa Familia Coffee, in 2003 and has enjoyed watching Augusto’s passion for people and coffee grow into a B Corporation dedicated to forging mutually sustaining relationships with amazing coffee. Steven joined Nossa Familia officially 3 years ago as the Grocery Accounts Manager. He enjoys fostering rich relationships with grocery stores and bringing delicious coffee to Oregon households. When he isn’t busy sharing coffee with others, it fuels his pursuit of late-night Argentine Tango and early morning surfing.
Brand Ambassador Windearlea Vineyard and Winery
Deanna is a Brand Ambassador for Winderlea Vineyard and Winery - the second B Corp certified winery in Oregon. Though originally from Kansas, her interests in Willamette Valley Pinot noirs drew her to the Pacific Northwest in 2015. Since then, she’s combined her love of sustainable business practices with her passion for social justice, becoming an advocate in diversity, equity, and inclusion within her organization.
Deanna is spearheading an effort for a comprehensive DEI training for multiple B Corp wineries and organizations within the Willamette region. She’s involved with B Local PDX and sits on the Board of Directors for Edúcate Ya and ¡AhiVoy!, an emerging nonprofit with a focus on upward career mobility for vineyard stewards in the Willamette Valley. In her free time, she enjoys eating and drinking her way through Portland, hiking, cooking and being woefully behind in Game of Thrones.
Human Resources Manager New Seasons Market
Lily Wilson is a barista and coffee snob-turned HR professional, who is passionate about creating and maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment within her workplace.
As a past Human Resources Manager for Nossa Familia Coffee, and a current Human Resources Manager for New Seasons Market, Lily has been dedicated to upholding the B Corp values within these Portland institutions. She has led diversity, equity and inclusion trainings for Portland based B Corps, and has partaken in the B Corp Inclusive Economy Challenge.
When she isn't working, you can find Lily at Thousand Acres with her dogs, on the couch with her cats, binge-watching Bob's Burgers and Antiques Roadshow, or losing at weeknight Trivia at her local pub (to join team Trivia Newton-John, please find Lily after the conference. Seriously. We need help!
Assistant Professor of Business Linfield College
Virlena Crosley joined the faculty of Linfield College in 2011, where she teaches courses in the Business Department, including accounting, human resource management, and strategic management. She also is a member of Linfield’s Wine Education Advisory Council and teaches a Wine Business Value Chain Management course in Linfield’s new wine program. She has also had the opportunity to teach in Germany and China. Previously, Virlena held management positions with the State of Oregon, the last of which was Director for the Employment Department. During her six years as director, she was responsible for 47 field offices across Oregon and over 1500 employees. Virlena has also worked under contract for work with organizations, including Accenture, Westat, and the National Association of Workforce Agencies (NASWA) on projects such as the establishment of one-stop job and career centers in the Caribbean.
Virlena enjoys reading and traveling—both in and outside the U.S. She has traveled (almost entirely by car) to all 50 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces and territories. She has planned a trip this summer, which will include Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia.
Adjunct Professor Linfield College
Duncan Hart joined the faculty of Linfield College in 2017 where he teaches Organizational Behavior, Management and Sustainability. Duncan brings 30 years of leadership and management experience working most recently in semiconductor operations, construction and facilities technology development. As an Intel Business Operations Manager, his responsibilities included establishing business processes, indicators, business continuity and risk management.
While at Intel, he taught and occasionally developed courses on organizational behavior. Duncan was an instructor at the US Naval Surface Warfare School in Newport Rhode Island and also certified as a Naval Leadership and Development master instructor. His strengths are business systems/process, information mapping and hiring.
Duncan's other interests include spending time with family, outdoor leadership, mountaineering, snowshoeing, kayaking, cycling, singing and trekking in Europe. He has also worked extensively in non-profit as a management consultant.
Founder & CEO B-Line Urban Delivery
Franklin Jones serves as CEO of B-line Urban Delivery. As the anchor tenant for the REDD on Salmon Street in Portland, Oregon, B-line offers flexible warehousing and last mile logistics that streamline how local food producers get their products into the urban market. Utilizing electric-assist freight tricycles, B-line provides a unique mobile advertising and promotions platform in addition to reducing congestion and pollution.
B-line draws on Franklin’s combined interests in cycling, community, and sustainability. He earned a degree in history and environmental studies before working in bicycle and transportation planning. Franklin then taught English for three years in Japan, before embarking on a global, 17,000 kilometer bicycle trip. From 2000 to 2008, Franklin continued his career as an educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. In order to shift his focus from teaching about pressing environmental and social problems to addressing them directly, Franklin Jones founded B-line in 2009. Recognized as a Champion of the B-Corp movement (2012), Franklin’s vision is to utilize the power of business to help communities become more livable and sustainable.
Cara Meyer is an authentic and idealistic organizational culture consultant who strives to optimize workplaces for those who work in them. Her goals are to create environments high in psychological safety, where individuals can celebrate and develop their whole selves, and to rebalance the masculine/feminine energy balance at work. She is uniquely gifted in this work through her ability to notice interpersonal and team dynamics that are often overlooked. Cara has a master’s degree in organizational psychology and a bachelor’s in organizational communication, along with ten years experience in project management, marketing and communications, and social and environmental organizing.
Chief People Officer, Vice President for the Advancement of People and People Operations Northwest Permanente
Te-Yu Ruth Chang, MD, MPH, CPC, FAAFP, is the Chief People Officer, Vice President for the Advancement of People and People Operations at Northwest Permanente (NWP). Dr. Chang leads wellness and resilience; equity, inclusion and diversity; and talent acquisition and development strategies for this physician-led, self-governed, multispecialty group practice, providing care to the more than 600,000 members of Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Dr. Chang is a family medicine physician. She joined NWP in 2005, and through the years has served in various leadership roles, including Physician Service Area Director for Portland Metro West, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Care Delivery Co-Lead for Intel Connected Care, and Director of Financial Health. In addition, she spearheaded the creation of a number of popular courses for NWP physicians and clinicians, including Do the MATH – Managing Affordability through Technology and Heart, Art of Mentoring, and Optimize Your Practice.
Dr. Chang received her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and her master’s in public health and her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency at Oregon Health & Science University. In her free time, she enjoys studying martial arts, playing music, and cooking with family and friends.
Innovation Strategies WERK_
Danya’s work spans across non-profits, higher ed, international development, and business sectors, with a focus on creating partnerships across disciplines, borders, and perspectives. Danya connects vision to execution plan, and draws from her experience in event planning, social work, and business development to collaborate with clients in creating new ways to engage with their communities and partners. She has focused her work around creating collaborative experiences for others to understand diverse perspectives, including the development of study abroad programs for universities, national educational technology conferences, mission-driven student clubs, and social service programs.
Danya is an innovation strategist, specializing in business development and new market exploration, and has consulted with: HP, Context Partners, New Seasons Market, FCC- Colombian Coffee Farmer Cooperative, Nossa Familia Coffee Roasters.
Danya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development and Latin American Studies from Western Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration from Portland State University.
Danya is a connector of people and ideas, a creative, an instigator, and an eternal explorer.
Account Manager Brink Communications
Camille Elmore-Trummer is a social change advocate, urbanist, and community builder. She has dedicated her life and work to to improving the lives of underserved communities and using storytelling as an agent for social change. She's especially passionate about social and environmental justice, urban planning and design, climate action, and law enforcement reform.
Her experience spans across several industries including education management, public policy, and strategic communications.
Currently, she works as an Account Manager at Brink Communications—a women-owned communications, marketing and design firm working at the intersections of urban innovation, public health, and social and racial justice. She previously worked as a Communications Strategist for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, where she created communications products and strategies for urban planning and climate action programs and initiatives, including Portland’s first Home Energy Score program. Prior to that, she served as a policy advisor for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and had a track record of effectively negotiating with local, state and regional elected officials to develop progressive urban planning and sustainability policies in a challenging resource-sensitive environment.
Before returning home to Portland in 2015, she worked in education management and advanced a $4M federal grant from President Obama to implement post-secondary curriculums and retention strategies to underserved students of color in the south and west side of Chicago.
Director of Culture & Human Resources Revelry Group
Kristin Bowers is the Director of Culture & Human Resources at Portland-based Revelry Group, a certified B corporation that creates shared value for companies in the food, beverage and hospitality sector. Prior to relocating to Portland in 2017, Kristin developed her inclusion-specific business expertise and insight as the first national diversity & inclusion professional in an AmLaw100 law firm. She has been fortunate to play a key role in impacting business processes, including: talent development, recruiting and pipeline development, sponsorship and community strategy, marketing, public relations and business development; and she looks forward to bringing her learnings and expertise to support you and your efforts to actionably move the needle in our community.
Director of Brand Development New Seasons Market
As Director of Brand Development, Chris oversees the Local Finds and GreenWheels programs that support and mentor small regional food producers, and bring their products to life at New Seasons. His responsibilities also include development and branding of the companies Partner Brand, a line of locally produced, seed-to-shelf products sold at both New Seasons and New Leaf Markets. Chris is Northwest native and earned a degree in business and communication from Linfield College.