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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Board Members

Board Members

The CSWC board is a stakeholder representative board with additional traditional nonprofit board roles. This means that many of the seats are held by agency-appointed staff members and we have a larger number than many boards. Board members are responsible for the policies, financial oversight, and general direction of our organization. In addition to monthly meetings, board members are encouraged to participate in a committee (education, tech team, executive, diversity equity and inclusion, fiscal, and fundraising) and occasionally volunteer at an event or in whatever capacity is a good fit.  Board meetings are typically on the last monday evening of the month. The board roles and responsibilities are described in the attached document in detail.

Many of our current board members have been dedicated to the organization for a very long time; several have recently retired from these seats, changed representation seats, or moved on as they were no longer in positions relevant to the organization. With a new executive director, empty seats on the board, strategic planning underway, and opportunity and need to continue to be responsive in our work, it is a great time to join the board.

We are currently recruiting especially for science, environmental, recreational, and Native American Tribal/Cultural seats. We have openings as well in neighborhoods, community at large, and business. Prospective board members should have proven enthusiasm for the work that we do in the watershed, value and practice a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens, and be willing to fulfil the basic expectations outlined in the board handbook.

If you are interested in joining the board, please contact Outreach and Events Susanne Raymond at or 503-281-1132.  Interested candidates will first meet with the Executive Director to answer questions and discuss the organization and board roles in more detail. With further interest, there is a board application form here.

Resource Description
Council Board Member Job Description
Board Member Position Description


  • Meei Lum


  • Adam Reese, Apex Corp

Council Officers

  • Sunny Simpkins, Multnomah County Drainage District
  • Troy Clark, Vice Chair, Audubon Society of Portland
  • Bob Dolphin, Chair
  • Nancy Hendrickson, Treasurer, Bureau of Environmental Services


  • Troy Clark, Vice Chair, Audubon Society of Portland

Government Agencies

  • Keri Handaly, City of Gresham
  • Lynn Barlow, Portland Parks & Recreation
  • Sunny Simpkins, Multnomah County Drainage District
  • Phil Ralston, Port of Portland
  • Kathy Shearin, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Nancy Hendrickson, Treasurer, Bureau of Environmental Services

Neighborhood Associations

  • Erwin Bergman


  • Tulani Freeman


  • Bob Dolphin, Chair


  • Emily Henke