Meet our Amazing Team!
We are committed to creating a progressive, egalitarian governance model that reflects our values, supports collaboration among our partners, identifies committee structures and pathways that facilitate engagement and implementation of our objectives, distributes authority and decision-making across the network, and honors the volunteer efforts of our members.
Neeraja is a practicing agriculturist, educator, scientist and a life-long learner of the power of growing, cooking and sharing food. Neeraja has a doctorate in environmental science with research focus on urban water and food resilience and urban agrobiodiversity. She has two masters degrees, one in agronomy, another in plant physiology, and a bachelors in agriculture science. Her work experience includes consulting with United Nations Development Program-Global Environment Facility and Food and Agriculture Organization.
Serena Dressel is the PSU Student Sustainability Center’s Interim Coordinator. Serena graduated from Portland State University in 2018 with a BS in Environmental Studies and minor in Indigenous Nation Studies, where she worked at the Student Sustainability Center. Serena will continue to support GPSEN’s College Network.
Kelsey is a budding sustainable development professional and a recent M.P.A., M.P.P., and G.C.S. graduate. Through his work with GPSEN and elsewhere, Kelsey works to strengthen ideas-sharing networks to advance inclusive community development.
Owen Rudloff has extensive research experience in climatology, geology, environmental remediation and environmental justice. He has worked extensively on Portland Harbor Superfund remediation projects, stormwater and groundwater monitoring.
Pranoti grew up in India and she recently graduated from PSU with MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. Her work focuses on environmental investigation and remediation technologies, water quality, and stormwater management practices.
Amy is the Sustainability Director of Lewis & Clark College. She grew up in Gladstone and received a Masters of Environmental Management from Portland State University.
Lyndal Frazier-Cairns is a communications professional who works at the intersection of justice, technology, and education. She recognizes climate change as the single most pressing challenge facing our world and is eager to support those building a more just and sustainable world.
Jami is a management professional that designs and delivers complex programs. She has built successful and strategic corporate responsibility initiatives within organizations.
Briar is the Sustainability Manager for Portland Community College, with the focus of mainstreaming sustainability throughout all college practices district-wide.
Founder, Board Member
Kim received her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. She has taught sociology at Portland Community College (PCC) since 1996 and is Founder of the GPSEN. She represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit, in 2012, and currently serves on AASHE’s Board of Directors.
Suvira Chaturvedi, United Nations
Frank Granshaw, PSU
Lin Harmon-Walker, Georgetown Law School
Charles Hopkins, UNESCO
LeRoy Patton, PSU, Elders in Action
Roger Petry, RCE Saskatchewan
Debra Rowe, US Partnership for ESD
Heather Spalding, CWU College of Education and Professional Studies
Judy Walton, Co-Founder of AASHE
Policy and Planning, Diversity and Equity, Grant Development, Assessment
Outreach + Communications
Partnerships, Marketing, Newsletter/website
Programs + Events
Symposium, Workshops, Youth and College Networks, Socials
Research + Curriculum
Think Tank, Fellows Program, Curriculum Development, Database
Years in Operation
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does GPSEN define sustainability?
What is Sustainable Development?
What are Regional Centers of Expertise (RCEs) on Education for Sustainable Development?
Each RCE has four core elements:
- Governance: addressing issues of RCE management and leadership
- Collaboration: addressing the engagement of actors from all levels of formal, non-formal and informal education
- Research and development: addressing the role of research and its inclusion in RCE activities, as well as contributing to the design of strategies for collaborative activities, including those with other
- Transformative education: contributing to the transformation of the current education and training systems to satisfy ambitions of the region regarding sustainable living and livelihood.
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