Dear neighbors, friends, and community members,
I am excited to introduce myself as the new manager of the Southwest Watershed Resource Center. My first weeks on the job have been a wonderful chance to get to know this community, meet many Southwest residents, acquaint myself with the resources we share, and learn about the strengths and challenges of Southwest Portland.
To this position, I bring an inter-disciplinary background in nonprofit management, community engagement and organizing, environmental justice, and ecosystem health. I came to Oregon to attend graduate school at the University of Oregon, where I fell in love with the remarkable ecology, natural resources, and participatory public culture of the Pacific Northwest.
As I continue in this role, my activities will be varied, but my priority is to serve the residents of Southwest in an engaging and equitable manner. Stay tuned for workshops and projects addressing stormwater concerns, investment in new and existing partnerships, watershed and habitat health projects, along with various other opportunities as they arise. Many of these projects are in collaboration with the Bureau of Environmental Services, a valued partner in our work to improve the watershed.
When I look across these many projects and goals, the thread I see running through them all is relationship: living in relation with our community and our watershed.
Throughout my career, I have found that investing in open communication and relationship-building is the best way to build and lead community life. As a new-comer to Southwest, I hope to learn from you as we form partnerships and accomplish the mission of the Watershed Resource Center: "to inspire awareness and action on behalf of watershed health in SW Portland."
Suggestions, advice, feedback and introductions are all very welcome. I appreciate the chance to meet as many community members, groups, and stakeholders as possible, which will allow me to serve you better.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting, feel free to contact me through my phone number or email listed below. Drop-in visitors to the SWNI office are also always welcome. I'll be here most weekdays, during SWNI's regular business hours.
I look forward to writing to you here next month. Now, let's get to work for the watershed!