Our board members bring decades of experience in for-purpose business, community development, and social and environmental change. We are grateful for the commitment, creativity, and energy they bring to the Ecotrust family.

Gerald Amos

Kitamaat Village, B.C.

About Gerald

Gerald is a member of the Haisla First Nation, which for thousands of years has made the Kitlope Valley of British Columbia its home. He served as Chief Councillor for the village from 1980 until 1992, helping lead the Haisla when they launched a campaign to resist commercial logging activities in the Greater Kitlope Ecosystem. The campaign was successful and led to the establishment of the Greater Kitlope Heritage Conservancy. Gerald was a founding board member of Ecotrust and Ecotrust Canada, Director of Community Relations of the Headwaters Initiative, and a Trustee Skeena Wild, which is working to protect the pristine Skeena River.

Spencer Beebe

Portland, OR

About Spencer

Spencer is a fourth generation Portlander who spent fourteen years with The Nature Conservancy (Oregon Field Office, Western Region Office, and The Nature Conservancy International) before serving as founding president of Conservation International in 1987. In 1991, with CI’s support, he founded Ecotrust to work in the rain forests of home. He serves on the boards of Shorebank Corporation (Chicago), Ecotrust Canada, Tamastlikt Cultural Institute, and Walsh Construction Company. Spencer serves as Chair of Ecotrust’s Board of Directors.

Gun Denhart

Portland, OR

About Gun

Gun and Tom Denhart founded Hanna Andersson children’s clothing company in 1983. Gun donates 5 percent of the company’s pre-tax profits to children’s groups, and in 2001, she founded the Hanna Andersson Children’s Foundation. Hanna was a charter member of Business for Social Responsibility, and Gun served on its board for years. She is a current board member of the Oregon Business Association, the Russell Family Foundation, and the World Affairs Council. Gun serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee on Ecotrust’s board.

Mark Edlen

Portland, OR

About Mark

Mark is a commercial real estate developer and Managing Principal at Gerding Edlen Development Company of Portland, which redeveloped the Brewery Blocks in northwest Portland. Gerding Edlen has become one of the national leaders in green building and LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) certified properties. Mark has a B.S. and MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon. He serves on various boards and committees, including Portland Development Commission’s Sustainable Development Commission, the Oregon Innovation Council, and Portland Center Stage board of directors.

Robert Friedman

San Francisco, CA

About Robert

Bob is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He founded and is current Chair of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national economic development policy research and consulting group, which has a reputation for defining the cutting edge of economic development in America. Bob returned to the Board in December 2011 after several years away; he served as Chair of the Board from 2002 through 2005 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Ron Grzywinski

Chicago, IL

About Ron

Ron is the former chairman of ShoreBank Corporation, which he co-founded with Mary Houghton, Milton Davis, and James Fletcher. ShoreBank Corporation is a $2 billion regulated commercial bank holding company that advises, invests, and implements economic development and conservation strategies in urban minority neighborhoods, rural communities, and developing countries. He now consults with Shorebank International. Ron also serves on the board of Ecotrust Canada.

Susan Hammer

Portland, OR

About Susan

Susan is an attorney, mediator, and public servant. She was formerly a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, where she practiced law in Portland from 1978 until 1998. In 1998, Susan established her own dispute resolution practice. Susan serves on the Board of the International Academy of Mediators and formerly on the board the Northwest Earth Institute. She also serves on the Willamette University Board of Trustees and chaired the College of Law capital campaign. Susan is currently chairing a $12.5 million capital campaign for Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette’s new Regional Service Center. She is the former President of the City Club of Portland. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oregon Business Magazine “50 Great Leaders for Oregon” award, the Willamette University Outstanding Alumni Award, the Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Award, and the Oregon Women’s Commission Woman of Achievement Award.

William Hutton

San Francisco, CA

About William

Bill is a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. Both his teaching and his practice, as a member of the firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, are grounded in federal income tax law, with an emphasis on issues affecting nonprofit organizations and land conservation transactions. He serves as counsel to many national conservation organizations and advises dozens of local and regional land trusts. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the law schools of the University of Michigan and New York University, Bill has rendered board services to several charitable organizations, and was a founding member of the board of Conservation International.

Antone Minthorn

Pendleton, OR

About Antone

Antone has served for more than twenty years with the Consolidated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in various roles, from chief planner to chair of the board of trustees. He has also served on the boards of the Northwest Area Foundation, the Crow Shadow Institute, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), including as president of the ATNI board.

William Neukom

Seattle, WA

About William

William is founder, president, and CEO of the World Justice Project, which works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity. He is a former managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team ownership group. Prior to holding this position, he was President of the American Bar Association in 2007–08. He was the principal legal counsel for Microsoft for almost 25 years and also chairman of the Gates law firm in Seattle, now part of K&L Gates. Along with his four children, William founded the Neukom Family Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organizations principally in the fields of health, human services, education, justice, and the environment.

Nell Newman

Aptos, CA

About Nell

Nell is an ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture, and her commitment to organic foods led her to establish Newman’s Own Organics: the Second Generation in partnership with Peter Meehan. Her primary responsibilities are in the areas of product development and public relations. Nell earned a B.S. in Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic. She worked for the Environmental Defense Fund before becoming executive director of the Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary in central California. She also served as development director for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. Nell serves on the boards of the Wholesome Wave Foundation and Allergy Kids.


Kathryn Taylor

San Francisco, CA

About Kathryn

Kat is a founding director of OneCalifornia Bank and Foundation, a triple bottom line Federal Savings Bank in Oakland, CA. OneCalifornia Bank lends in low-income communities to support local economies and job creation and attempts to help low-income individuals and households build and protect assets through fair and innovative banking products. She is a founding director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation dedicated to a return to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. Kat graduated from Harvard College in 1980 with a B.A. She earned a joint JD/MBA degree from Stanford Law and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduating in 1986. Kat serves as Vice Chair of the Capital Committee on Ecotrust’s board.

Robert Warren

Fairview, OR

About Robert

Robert has been president and chief executive officer of Cascade Corporation since 1996. He served as president and chief operating officer of Cascade Corporation from 1993 to 1996 and vice president of Marketing since 1990. He joined Cascade Corporation in 1972 and held various marketing and manufacturing positions. He has been a director of Cascade Corporation since 1982 and ESCO Corporation, since 1986. Robert is involved in many community organizations, including Catlin Gabel School Foundation Board, Portland Alano Club Board, Arlington Club, and Multnomah Athletic Club.

Dan Wieden

Portland, OR

About Dan

Dan is co-founder of the internationally known advertising agency Wieden & Kennedy, which has over 500 employees with offices in Portland, New York, Amsterdam, and Tokyo; its client list includes Nike, AOL, Coca-Cola, and ESPN. Dan has been a long-time supporter of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Camp Caldera, a summer arts program for underserved inner city youth. In May 2005, Dan received the Portland’s First Citizen Award, an annual recognition of civic leadership.