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2018 Speakers Coming Soon!

2016 Featured Speakers

Chad Brown | Veteran, U.S. Navy, and Founder/President, Soul River Inc.

David Hulse

During weeklong rafting trips in Alaska and shorter excursions on the Clackamas and other Northwest rivers, Brown says, "they become part of something bigger than themselves."

Brown runs the nonprofit alongside Soul River Runs Deep, a Portland urban outdoor apparel boutique that's inspired by fly fishing. He also sits on the National Wildlife Refuge Association's board of directors. His work has taken him across the country to speak about connecting people with the outdoors.

Harald "Jordy" Jordahl | Director of America's Watershed Initiative and Mississippi River Report Card project lead, The Nature Conservancy

Harald Jordahl

The AWI steering committee includes representatives from The Nature Conservancy North America Water program, Ingram Barge Company, City of Dubuque, IA, Caterpillar, Inc., Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, the Mississippi River delta region, Ohio River Basin Alliance, Mississippi River Valley Flood Control Association, National Corn Growers Association, State of Wyoming Engineer's office, and Big River Works. Jordy previously worked on resource policy issues with state, local, federal and tribal governments while serving in legislative, executive, administrative and advocacy positions including policy advisor to the Wisconsin Governor, legislative policy aide, director of intergovernmental relations for the Wisconsin Department of Administration, and director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin. His interests have focused on advancing projects affecting working landscapes and the connections between conservation and communities, agriculture, forestry and transportation. Jordy's first exposure with the Mississippi River came on duck hunting trips with his dad to pool #9, often ending with a fresh catfish sandwich at the Bright Spot in DeSoto, Wisconsin, before returning home. Jordy lives in the upper Mississippi River watershed in Madison, Wisconsin, with his three children, wife and hunting dogs and also manages family agricultural, timber and recreational properties in western and northern Wisconsin.

José González | Founder & Director, Latino Outdoors

Jessica Mcdonald

He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. You can connect witi him on twitter @JoseBilingue and @LatinoOutdoors.

Mickey Fearn | Professor of Practice, North Carolina State University School of Natural Resources and former Deputy Director, National Parks Service

David Hulse

Before joining the National Park Service, Mickey led the creation and implementation of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative, the City's Innovation Project, the Neighborhood Leadership Program, and participated in the creation of the architecture to end youth violence in the City of Seattle. Mickey has been engaged with public agencies at all levels in innovation, citizen engagement, planning, youth development, and leading, and implementing race, diversity, inclusion and equity activities for over 45 years.

Mickey served as a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 12 years.

Mickey earned his BA from California State University, Sacramento and his MS from the University of Oregon.


Michael Pope | Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust

Michael Pope

Karl Morgenstern | Drinking Water Source Protection Coordinator, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Michael Pope

Prior to EWEB, Karl spent 10 years at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and seven years as an environmental consultant managing high priority cleanups at abandoned hazardous waste sites and responding to hazardous material spills. While at DEQ he helped develop the time-critical removal and abandoned mines programs. He received a Bachelors degree in geography from the University of Kansas. Karl is on the Board of Directors of the East Lane Forest Protection Association, Carpe Diem West, the McKenzie Watershed Council, and serves as President on the Board of Directors for Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development.

Sarah Altemus-Pope | Coordinator, Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative

Sarah Altemus