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Meet the PCEF team

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The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund team

We’re here for the inspired change-makers. The climate justice fighters. We’re hikers, gardeners, bird enthusiasts, and karaoke stars. We love a lively discussion on equitable policies and when pets make cameo appearances on virtual meetings.

We’re your neighbors.

We want to collaborate with you to create a climate-resilient Portland. Meet your team.

Sam Baraso, Program Manager

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Sam Baraso, Program Manager

Sam Baraso is the program manager for PCEF. He brings over 15 years of experience in natural resource management, climate policy, community-based climate action, finance, and data analysis. Sam enjoys leveraging his background and experience to support more collaborative governance between the City and communities that have been historically marginalized. Prior to his role at the City, Sam served as a senior policy advisor in Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability. In addition to his work at the City, Sam also serves as Vice Chair of Oregon DEQ’s Environmental Quality Commission and a board member of Willamette Partnership.


Cady Lister, Deputy Program Manager

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Cady Lister, Deputy Program Manager

Cady oversees the grant administration for all the PCEF funding areas. Cady’s 20 years in the energy industry include both the supply and demand side policy and project management. Prior to PCEF, she served as the deputy director and chief economist for the Alaska Energy Authority working on rural energy infrastructure development and maintenance.


Al Rose, Climate Action Assistant Project Manager

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Al Rose, Climate Action Assistant Project Manager

Al supports managing the mini grants program and grantee capacity building, as well as providing overall program-wide support. Their background includes tribal relations, program development, grassroot community organizing, land stewardship, grants management, and community engagement. Their passion for relationship building, environmental justice, and trees is why we’re lucky to have Al on the PCEF team.


Angela Previdelli, Capacity Building Program Lead

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Angela Previdelli, Capacity Building Program Lead

Angela serves as our internal systems and mini grant project manager, touching all the behind-the-scenes steps in the grantmaking process where small dollar amounts support big impacts on climate justice. Angela is also a board member with Pueblo Unido, a small local non-profit whose work centers on supporting people with vulnerable immigration status. She’s also an avid birder.


David Grandfield, Regenerative Agriculture and Green Infrastructure Project Manager

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David Grandfield, Regenerative Agriculture and Green Infrastructure Project Manager

David manages relationships with grantees who are planning future work and/or implementing current projects. David’s 12 years include forest surveying, greenhouse management, groundskeeping, landscape design and installation, woody perennial plant propagation, plant procurement, riparian restoration, urban forestry, community garden management, environmental education, first foods cultivation, and volunteer coordination. If it grows, David knows all about it.


Jaimes Valdez, Organizational Development and Policy Manager

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Jaimes Valdez, Organizational Development and Policy Manager

Jaimes leads our organizational and policy development, which involves building internal processes, creating skill-building opportunities for community organizations, and helping guide development of PCEF strategy. His 15 years of work include energy policy and advocacy for Spark Northwest, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Renewable NW. He engages with local and state government and industry organizations to provide input on climate and social equity policies to ensure grantees have the tools to implement their vision.


Jason Ford, Finance Manager

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Jason Ford, Finance Manager

Jason is PCEF’s finance manager. He performs all our financial analyses including budgeting and forecasting, and ensures proper financial controls and oversight are properly executed. Jason has worked as a financial reporting specialist for Mercy Corps, and as a senior financial analyst for Wells Fargo, IBM, and Equity Residential.


Jay Richmond, Workforce and Contractor Development Project Manager

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Jay Richmond, Workforce and Contractor Development Project Manager

Jay is one of our workforce development and equity project managers. Their previous work includes several years at Oregon Tradeswomen as the workforce equity manager, increasing equity for marginalized workers in the construction sector. While there, Jay focused on innovative projects such as the Safe from Hate Initiative, the Broadway Corridor redevelopment negotiations, and the Respectful Workplaces Review Committee. Now, Jay guides grantees through PCEF processes, helps advance projects, and ensures those projects are implemented successfully.


Justine Herrera, Clean Energy Assistant Project Manager

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Justine Herrera, Clean Energy Assistant Project Manager

Justine supports the management of multifamily and commercial-centered projects on PCEF's Clean Energy team. With a background in environmental economics and policy, she is dedicated to tracking the ever-evolving industry of clean energy and how it can positively affect our built environment. Her passion for environmental justice is what drives her work at PCEF. In her spare time, she enjoys attending sport events, concerts, and grabbing a cup of coffee from her local coffee shop.


Kris Grube, Clean Energy Project Manager

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Kris Grube, Clean Energy Project Manager

Kris specializes in the single-family home energy efficiency and renewable portfolio. She has 14 years of contracting experience as the owner of a home energy retrofit business. She has also managed housing anti-displacement projects for the Portland Housing Bureau’s Neighborhood Housing Preservation Program. With a Master of Social Work and deep experience in building science principles as a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor, she brings a unique environmental justice lens to her work.


Mickey Lee, Clean Energy Project Manager

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Mickey Lee, Clean Energy Project Manager

Mickey has extensive background in project and program management with an emphasis on environmental justice. Working in the past for non-profits, for-profits, and public entities, she excels at bringing stakeholders to the table and making sure projects stay on track. She has overseen workforce and contractor development in several arenas, including the multifamily affordable housing energy efficiency space, a public utility, and with Metro’s Zoo Bond Commission. In her spare time, she can be found winter snowshoeing Oregon and Washington’s trails, enjoying the summer on the golf course, and building home projects.


Mika Barrett, Regenerative Agriculture & Green Infrastructure Project Manager

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Mika Barrett, Regenerative Agriculture & Green Infrastructure Project Manager

Mika manages a diverse portfolio of projects for PCEF, including regenerative agriculture and green infrastructure, green workforce development, and planning. Her background includes environmental nonprofit leadership, program management, and small business management consulting. Previously, Mika led a land use planning initiative to improve accessibility to natural areas for underrepresented communities. She also developed an interagency environmental stewardship program in response to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge. She is a relationship builder and strives to steward partnerships across teams and stakeholders. Mika also enjoys recommending local hiking trails.


Rachel Gilmore, Administrative Specialist

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Rachel Gilmore, Administrative Specialist

Rachel coordinates grant processing, advisory body logistics, and more to keep our program moving forward. Her professional experience has focused on nonprofit administration and operations, encompassing development, human resources, and AmeriCorps program management. She is thrilled to continue supporting incredible community organizations in her role with PCEF. She enjoys creating efficient systems and thoughtful processes that enable people to focus on the purpose and mission of their work.


Ricardo Moreno Gonzalez, Clean Energy Project Manager

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Ricardo Moreno Gonzalez, Clean Energy Project Manager

Ricardo has extensive experience in program and project management in the landscape, design, and construction fields. His work on affordable housing and social enterprise helped him gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues impacting low-income communities.

Ricardo has led various green infrastructure projects including park construction, habitat restoration, and stormwater management. He was involved in developing and managing Verde’s clean energy and solar projects. His focus has been on creating employment and training opportunities for low-income people and people of color, as well as supporting minority- and women-owned firms in the energy efficiency sector.

When not at work, Ricardo can be found playing make believe with his five-year-old, on a family walk, or taking a joy ride on his vintage motorcycle.


Vania Fong, Data Analyst

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Vania Fong, Data Analyst

Vania manages the whole lifecycle of PCEF data – from data collection to cleaning to analysis to visualization – and supports the buildout and refinement of internal systems. Her background lies at the intersection of clean energy programs, data analysis, and environmental justice. She is particularly excited about streamlining internal processes, building interactive data visualizations, and promoting technical knowledge-sharing. Vania’s strength is in enabling people to meaningfully engage with the data that informs and results from PCEF projects. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and discovering obscure musicians (sometimes at the same time).


Wendy Koelfgen, Clean Energy Commercial and Multifamily Lead

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Wendy Koelfgen, Clean Energy Commercial and Multifamily Lead

Wendy specializes in developing standards and pathways for clean energy projects while managing energy grants. In the energy sector, it’s necessary to keep a close eye on the quickly evolving clean energy world at the local, regional, national, and global level – Wendy tracks all those issues and works with the team on strategies to ensure PCEF-funded work connects to housing stability.