About Us

Staff & Interns

For media and press inquiries, please contact Sean Carpenter at Sean@friends.org

Alexis Biddle Headshot

Alexis Biddle, Great Communities Program Director  & Staff Attorney

alexis@friends.org | (503) 694-3893


Andrew Mulkey, Rural Lands Attorney 

andrew@friends.org | (971) 420-0916


Ben Asher Photo

Ben Asher, Office Project Assistant 

ben@friends.org | 503.497.1000


Photo of Brett Morgan

Brett Morgan, Transportation and Metro Policy Manager

brett@friends.org | (503) 925-5361


Dan Lawler

Dan Lawler, Rural Lands Attorney

dan@friends.org | (971) 420-0922


Emily Mercer, Database & Information Manager

emily@friends.org | (971) 420-1292


Greg Holmes, Food Systems Program Director & Southern Oregon Advocate

greg@friends.org | (503) 783-8086


Lauren Creany on a rock

Lauren Creany, Development Director

Lauren@friends.org | (503) 694-3560


Lily standing

Lily Burnett, Operations Director

lily@friends.org | (503) 694-3890


Lou Ocampo, Executive Coordinator

Lou Ocampo, Operations Manager

lou@friends.org | (971) 420-0915


Mary Kyle McCurdy photo

Mary Kyle McCurdy, Deputy Director

mkm@friends.org | (971) 420-0915



Nicole Johnson, Community Engagement Manager

nicole@friends.org | (503) 776-6098


Photo of Sandy Wright

Sandy Wright, Chief Philanthropy Officer

sandy@friends.org | 503.783.8093


Sam Diaz headshot

Sam Diaz, Executive Director

sam@friends.org | (503) 694-3892


Sean headshot zoom

Sean Carpenter, Communications Director

sean@friends.org | (971) 420-0939


Zeke (a.k.a. Zeekers), Director of Office Shenanigans

zeke@friends.org | 503.497.1000

Board of Directors

Eloise Grout Koehler | President

Educator | Portland

Nellie McAdams in a barn

Nellie McAdams | Vice President

Oregon Agricultural Trust | Portland

Andrew Haden | Secretary/Treasurer

Wisewood Energy | Portland

Christine headshot

Christine Rontal | Chair,  Nominations & Governance Committee

Consultant | Portland | Pronouns: She/They

Issei Saida | Chair, Communications Committee

Craft3 | Portland

MJ Harris, Board Member

Margaret Jane (MJ) Harris | Chair, Fundraising Committee

Farmer | Cornelius

Greg Macpherson, Board Member

Greg Macpherson | Chair, Policy Committee

Conservation Leader | Portland

Carol Whipple

Carol Whipple

Senior Principal at the Rocking C Ranch, LLC | Elkton

Christian Richmond Photo

Christian Richmond 

Star Mooring Farm | Newberg

Jackie Dingfelder, Board Member

Jackie Dingfelder

Portland State University | Portland

Jim Wood Headshot

Jim Wood

Rancher & Veterinarian | Post

John Alcott Photo

John Allcott, MD

Applegate Medical Associates | Eugene

John Paul of Cameron Winery

John Paul

Cameron Winery | Dundee

Ken Hayes Photo

Ken Hayes

Farmer & Consultant | Gaston

Victor Platt

Victor Platt

Andina | Portland

William Miller

William Miller

Native American Youth and Family Center | Portland

We are always looking for passionate people to join our board and our board committees. For more information, or to indicate your interest, please contact Lou Ocampo, lou@friends.org.

Farmer Advisory Committee

Our Farmer Advisory Committee (FAC) is the voice of Oregon's working lands. The FAC assists us in ensuring that Oregon maintains the land needed for future generations of farmers, foresters, and ranchers.