Known locally as the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), we strive to organize our RCE as an inclusive network, inviting all stakeholders and partners to find ways to engage, provide input on policies and projects, and develop innovative means and resources to support the sustainability education missions within our communities and organizations. Through our Board of Directors, committees (Governance; Programs & Events; Outreach & Communication; and Research & Curriculum), and working groups, we implement action plans in as efficient and collaborative of ways as possible. For more details, check out our Governance Structure. We welcome your feedback and participation!

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Senior Advisers

  • David Cohen, The Intertwine Alliance
  • Charles Hopkins, UNESCO
  • David Kunz, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Gary Obermeyer, Learning Options
  • LeRoy Patton, Portland State University and Elders in Action
  • Debra Rowe, U.S. Partnership for ESD
  • Kim Smith, Former GPSEN/RCE Director, Portland Community College
  • Grace Taylor, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
  • Judy Walton, Portland State University

Committees and Working Groups


  • Policies and Planning
  • Ethics
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Development
  • Assessment

Outreach & Communications

  • Advocacy
  • Newsletter and Social Media
  • Website
  • Marketing

Programs & Events

  • Events
  • Professional Development
  • K-12 Youth Network
  • College Student Network
  • Civic Engagement

Research & Curriculum

  • Research Projects
  • Research Database
  • Curriculum Development
  • Social Science Think Tank
  • Articulation