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Staff Biographies

Ray Neff
Ray NeffResearch Director & Communications Coordinator

Ray earned a BS in Planning, Public Policy and Management and an MCRP in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. A sustainable community development study abroad program in Kefalonia, Greece introduced him to renewable energy feed-in tariff policy. His research includes estimating solar PV capacity on large commercial and public buildings in Eugene, and a comparison of the potential impacts and benefits of two feed-in tariff bills in the 2009 Oregon Legislature with a business-as-usual approach to climate change.

In his current work with OREP he produces digital communications, writes media responses on renewable energy issues, conducts research, and helps develop policy positions. Ray provides a bridge between OREP, academia, policy makers, and local energy interests in the South Willamette Valley, building community and utility industry support for advanced renewable energy policy.

Kathleen NewmanKathleen Newman
Senior Policy Analyst

Kathleen's concerns about global climate change and ocean acidification drive her efforts to help Oregon transition rapidly and effectively from fossil fuel to renewable power sources. Her background in environmental science, education, and sustainable architecture inform her work in renewable energy education and policy. Kathleen is passionate about the power of community-owned solar to foster education, engagement, and empowerment for change. Kathleen intervenes on behalf of OREP in Oregon Public Utility Commission dockets and has been active in developing and driving policy concepts for the organization. Kathleen received her B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from MIT

Mark PengillyMark Pengilly

A trip to Germany in 2006 inspired Mark with the power of advanced renewable energy policy and its potential benefits for Oregon.  Mark worked to pass Oregon’s Feed-in Tariff legislation, helped craft Oregon’s Solar Specialty Code and authored HB 3516, which made solar PV an outright permitted use on Oregon rooftops.  He led the successful effort to expand Oregon’s Solar Pilot Program in 2013 and in 2014, in concert with Kathleen Newman, worked to pass SB 1520, which removed a significant barrier to the formation of community renewable energy cooperatives in Oregon.  Mark represents OREP in Public Utility Commission dockets, collaborates on energy policy with other advocates and frequently gives presentations on renewable energy topics.

Mark received his A.B. with distinction from Stanford University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.

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Board Members 

Catherine Gorrell

Jay Hamlin

Teddy Keizer, B.S. Brown University, Student Body President, 1994; 7th generation Oregonian; campaign organizer, developed environmental platform for Congressman Patrick Kennedy, 1994; volunteer with school board and ballot initiative campaigns, and Presidential campaigns; active with statewide campaign to create pro-school majority in Oregon House; Statewide Organizer with Stand for Children campaigns to improve school nutrition policies, mentoring programs, and public parks, recognized for outstanding success in enlarging membership and fundraising, 2006-2007;  Chief of Staff to Oregon Senator Joanne Verger where he led successful multiyear effort to reform Oregon’s Bottle Bill, helped pass Oregon Climate Corps Bill creating statewide Climate Masters programs modeled after Master Recyclers, 2005-2009; toured all 50 states to promote wilderness preservation, speaking and giving interviews, 2005; subject of Outdoor Life Network documentary aired on national TV; active volunteer with OREP 2009-2010; lives in SE Portland with his wife and son.

Dave King is a retired social worker and joined the OREP Board in February 2014. He got his MSW at UCLA in 1988, after enjoying working for most of his life with his hands and body. He worked as an oilfield roughneck in Wyoming to finance junior college. Among other jobs he was a union carpenter, an installer of solar water heating systems and an organizer for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757. He has been a union shop steward and served on a contract negotiating committee. He has served on the Executive Committees of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, and Portland Jobs with Justice. Currently he is a co-leader of the Climate Jobs Committee of Portland. He is happily married to Laurie and manages three rental houses near his home in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland.

Dan Orzech

Jamie Painter

Jaimes Valdez

Also currently includes volunteer staff members Kathleen Newman, Mark Pengilly

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