Meet the people of Clean Energy Works Oregon
No matter what their role, this is the team who sees to it that the chain reaction of better does what it’s supposed to do. Always good to put a face to a mission, we believe.
Derek Smith has been in a leadership role in triple bottom line ventures for more than a decade, with experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to Clean Energy Works Oregon, he was Policy Advisor for City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, where he was project manager of the Clean Energy Works Portland (CEWP) pilot program. In the late ‘90s, Derek developed one of the first sustainability programs in the retail world at $225 million multi-channel retailer Norm Thompson Outfitters. As Director of Operations at YOLO Colorhouse, a venture capital funded green lifestyle brand offering premium zero VOC paint, Derek was a member of the management team that supported 500% annual growth. Derek has also consulted on sustainability strategy to a number of leading companies and organizations. He has a BS in Mass Communications from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Tim Miller’s 23 years in management and executive roles brings broad experience to his work at Clean Energy Works Oregon. His leadership background spans high-tech, on-line and manufacturing environments, in general management, sales, marketing, and operations. For the last 8 years, Miller has been focused 100% on sustainability, providing business consulting and interim support to over 30 clean-tech companies, non-profits, and agencies. Previously, Miller was at Citysearch.com, a leading online city guide, as a Regional Vice President directing 13 Citysearch offices around the country, and as a General Manager of the Portland office. Miller gained high-performance management and leadership experience at Intel Corporation in marketing and product management. His operations experience includes establishing a factory in Mexico, and managing international purchasing and sourcing at O’Neill, Inc., the world’s leading wetsuit manufacturer. Miller’s formal background includes a BA with honors in Economics and an MBA with honors, both from Stanford University.
Shirley Cyr is an active CPA with over 30 years of professional experience in the financial institution, public accounting, and nonprofit financial management sectors. Before joining Clean Energy Works Oregon, Shirley was the Director of Finance and Administration for Loaves & Fishes Centers, Inc., a nonprofit serving seniors in the Portland Metro area. Prior to that time, Shirley was a senior manager with Moss Adams LLP, a regional public accounting firm, providing audit services to financial institution and nonprofit clients for nine years. Earlier professional experience includes 17 years with First Interstate Bank of Oregon in the areas credit review, commercial real estate and asset based lending, and operations. She graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Business Administration and has a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Portland State University.
Brian is leading Clean Energy Works Oregon’s (CEWO) relationships with participating lenders, as well as the expansion of offerings that the program can provide. He joins CEWO after spending over six years with Umpqua Bank, where he focused on managing growth initiatives for the bank, including the expansion of over 15 retail locations, as well as the expansion of their GreenStreet lending program which is tailored towards financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power projects. Brian brings over 10 years of banking experience, as well as board roles with local non profits Venture Portland and REAP Inc., which each make an impact in Portland’s business and student cultures respectively. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Economics and a minor in Business Administration.
Ryan is responsible for the delivery of high-quality, customer-oriented building performance services. He has worked successfully for the past eleven years as a home performance analyst and contractor, from residential retrofits and remodels to energy efficient spec homes. Ryan was also the founder of the Home Performance Contractors Guild of Oregon.
Wendy Koelfgen brings to Clean Energy Works Oregon a strong background in rural local government experience having previously served as the Energy Affairs Coordinator for the Town of Jackson and Teton County in Wyoming. In this capacity, she coordinated major energy reductions for the Town and County and also managed the development of the community-wide Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project. Prior to this, Wendy spent several years working for the National Park Service at Crater Lake here in Oregon, at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and finally at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. While at Sequoia, Wendy completed the Presidential Management Fellowship as the Environmental Protection Specialist for the parks. Wendy obtained her BS in English and Humanities from the University of Arizona and her Masters of Public Administration from Portland State University.
Kelly Haines brings extensive sustainability and social equity experience to Clean Energy Works Oregon. After studying political economy and French at the Evergreen State College, Kelly completed the Master of Urban Studies program at Portland State University where her thesis focused on how and why Community Development Financial Institutions measure their social impact with their investment decisions. During her studies, Kelly also worked on a local food system assessment and helped form social bottom line metrics for development investment projects. Prior to joining Clean Energy Works Oregon, she conducted indicator research for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability that was included in the Portland Plan. Kelly has also been a union organizer and is very involved in the local labor community. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her three wonderful cats and fantastic wife, go for walks in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, practice Kung Fu, and explore alternative economic theories.