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Keynote Speakers

Nancy Murray
, CEOBuilders of Hope

Nancy MurrayIn 2006, Nancy Murray founded Builders of Hope, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and job training through an “extreme green rehabilitation” model that moves and retrofits homes scheduled for demolition.

Murray’s first project, Barrington Village in Raleigh, N.C., highlighted green rehabilitation and home recycling for lasting sustainable revitalization efforts in urban neighborhoods, and earned the organization coverage in the Wall Street Journal and NPR. Her subsequent projects incorporated urban transit-oriented design with increased energy efficiency, high quality materials and a green jobs training program for the chronically unemployed. Builders of Hope is headquartered in North Carolina, with offices in Dallas and New Orleans. Murray is expanding Builders of Hope by implementing the federal HUD-DOT-EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. She has applied for a patent on the business model that integrates building retrofitting, training and resale. Murray and Builders of Hope have received national awards such as the Edison Awards Silver Medal for Innovation and the Pioneering Housing Strategies Award from the National Housing Conference.

Her experience in construction also includes managing partner & founder of W3 Development Group, managing partner of Welsh Investments LLC (real estate investments), president of Nsite Development Group, and, president/broker-in-charge of Nsite Realty. Her previous experience includes marketing roles with the Coca-Cola Company and advertising responsibilities with Leo Burnett for the Kellogg Company.

Session Speakers

Mark Edlen, CEO, Gerding Edlen Development Co.

Mark Edlen is the co-founding member of GEDI and is internationally recognized for his expertise and success in creating mixed-use commercial, residential, educational, and retail developments. Mr. Edlen directs all phases of GEDI’s projects and operations and has overseen the development of more than 56 projects totaling approximately $4.8 billion since the inception of GEDI. Frequently invited to be the keynote speaker at a number of conferences, lectures and congregations, Mr. Edlen has delivered presentations to groups such as the Civil Construction Group and Director of the Housing Department Ministry of Construction in Vietnam, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Innotech Innovation Conference, National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices and many others. Mr. Edlen received his B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon. Mr. Edlen’s 24 years of experience in commercial real estate began when he was a commercial broker at Cushman & Wakefield, during which time he was consistently recognized as the top producing office broker in the Portland market.

Julie Hughes,
Senior Policy Advisor,  U.S. Department of Energy

Julie Hughes Julie Hughes is a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  At DOE, she focuses on a variety of energy efficiency issues that range from strengthening healthy homes efforts when homes are weatherized, to enabling state and local entities to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency to transform local markets.  Prior to her work at DOE, Julie served as chief of staff for New York City’s energy policy department under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg.  She began her career as a consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ environmental practice.


Stephen Aiguier, President, Green Hammer, Inc.

Stephen AiguierStephen Aiguier is president and founder of Green Hammer, Inc. and Urban Timberworks LLC.  In 2008, Green Hammer became the first FSC-COC certified builder in the U.S.  Well-known for building ultra high-performance homes, Stephen is aCertified Passive House Consultant and was regional chair of the Western Columbia Chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild for four years.  His company has constructed five LEED Platinum certified homes and has been involved with the design and construction of eight buildings that are seeking Passive House certification. A successful entrepreneur, Aiguier was recognized as one of Portland Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” leaders in 2011.

Jeff Zotara
, Senior Partner and Director of Sponsorship, Green Schoolhouse Series

Jeff ZotaraJeff Zotara is a partner and director of procurement of Carlsbad, Calif.-based CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions, a business and nonprofit consulting firm that connects corporations and causes. The Green Schoolhouse Series is its signature cause. Green Schoolhouse Series is a unique collaboration bringing together corporations, foundations, school districts, municipalities, communities, media outlets, and volunteers to build high-performance, environmentally sustainable, LEED-Platinum designed Green Schoolhouses at Title 1, low-income public schools. Jeff’s creative insight helps to shape cause-marketing campaigns to change the world one project at a time. Jeff has implemented and led 516 community revitalization programs from event creation to implementation and culmination. He is a strong believer of the doing well by doing good mantra.

Amanda Saul, 
Pacific Northwest Senior Program DirectorEnterprise Community Partners

Amanda SaulAmanda joined Enterprise Community Partners in 2010 as the Pacific Northwest Senior Program Director.  For 15 years prior to coming to Enterprise, Amanda worked with a number of nonprofit organizations as development director and senior project manager, specializing in affordable housing finance.  She has developed more than 700 units of affordable housing.  She has experience retrofitting and fully restructuring affordable housing projects including two suburban-style farm worker projects in Woodburn and two downtown multi-story historic rehabilitations in Portland.  Amanda brings a range of knowledge about nonprofit ownership, management, development and the importance of partnering with government agencies, funders and owners.  She has a B.A. in international studies from the University of Washington.   

Shane Endicott, 
Executive DirectorOur United Villages

Shane EndicottIn 1997 Shane co-founded Our United Villages, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support for individuals and communities seeking to solve social problems at the grassroots level with an asset-based approach. In 1998, with a dedicated group of volunteers, an old 1974 van purchased for $60 and a $15,000 loan, he founded The ReBuilding Center to provide a sustainable funding source for the organization while turning a wasteful practice into a local benefit for the environment, community and economy. In 1999 the organization established DeConstruction Services to dismantle buildings by hand for recovering materials for reuse instead of demolishing them. In 2002 they created ReFind Furniture to design and build furnishings from all reclaimed building materials. The ReBuilding Center is now the largest used building material outlet by volume in North America with over 35 full time employees, 1,800 volunteers and a $2+ million self-sustained annual budget.  The organization has become an international model and the recipient of numerous awards including the Oregon Ethics in Business Award, Oregon Social Entrepreneurs Award, and the City of Portland’s BEST Business award.

John Davies, 
DirectorOpportunity Council’s Building Performance Center

John Davies

John is a senior trainer and director of the Opportunity Council’s Building Performance Center in Bellingham, WA. For the past 25 years, John has worked in the field of weatherization and residential buildings as a project coordinator and production manager with low-income weatherization programs in Washington and Minnesota. John’s work has contributed to the development of the Opportunity Council’s client education programs, weatherization plus health initiative andCommunity Energy Challenge, a program that expands weatherization services to businesses and middle-income households. He consults on efficient design and problems in the built environment. In 2010, John was awarded the Outstanding Person in Weatherization award at the Energy OutWest conference.

Matt Rumbaugh
Principal, NAC|Architecture

Matt RumbaughSince joining NAC|Architecture in 2001, Matt Rumbaugh has been active on a number of K-12 projects throughout the West Coast. He is one of our firm’s leaders in incorporating sustainable features into projects. He is a thoughtful and sensitive designer, an excellent communicator, and is adept at translating these skills into thorough and complete construction documents. Matt is a licensed architect in Washington and Oregon and is active in the Seattle Chapter of AIA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon.


Erubiel ValladaresConstruction PM of CAPACES Leadership Institute, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste • Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United)

ValladaresBorn in Queretaro, Mexico, Erubiel Valladares arrived in Oregon in 1995. Graduating from Western Oregon University in 2005 with a B.A. in the Arts, Erubiel started working for PCUN, Oregon’s farmworker movement, in the Spring of 2006.  He led the start-up of KPCN-LP, PCUN’s noncommercial FM radio station, and serves on the PCUN board as a Vice President. Erubiel is now building project manager for the CAPACES Leadership Institute’s permanent home, a “green” building on track to be the first commercial/office structure in the U.S. to employ “PassivHaus” design strategies. He says “I couldn’t have ever imagined that I’d be the project manager of a building that will be a historic tool and moment for our movement for social change.”

Laura Isiordia,
Executive Director, CAPACES Leadership Institute

Laurs IsiordiaAs Executive Director of CLI, Laura helps guide CLI activity, which builds the leadership capacity and political consciousness within Oregon’s Latino farmworker community to sustain and expand that movement and to further immigrant rights.  Born and raised in Nayarit, Mexico, Laura received a Bachelor’s Degree there as an Architect’s Aide. Laura immigrated to Oregon in 1985. During her early years in Oregon, Laura worked as farmworker and attended school to learn English. She has been a community leadership director for the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) overseeing all the organization’s educational and leadership programs,a nd has been widely recognized for her leadership in health education and outreach. She recently co-authored a research article on the links between discrimination and negative health impacts in the Journal of Biosocial Science.

Patrick Donaldson
, Project Architect, Communitecture, Inc. Architecture & Planning

Patrick DonaldsonPatrick Donaldson is the project architect at Communitecture, Inc. Architecture & Planning and finds himself passionately pursuing cutting edge sustainable design with a strong community platform.  He has a diverse background working with many building types, including retail, multi- and single-family homes, museums, and projects for social change. Patrick is both trained as a Passive House Consultant and a LEED Accredited Professional and integrates these sustainable strategies in all his designs.

Gene Wixson, Construction Manager, Green Hammer, Inc.

Gene WixonGrowing up in a remote community and a logging family taught Gene a land based conservation ethic, the value of hard work and essential problem solving skills. After working his way through university in Environmental Studies by doing general construction work, he has taken increasingly complicated jobs in a variety of locations. Projects from Antarctica to Suriname have taken this itinerant builder to many amazing places. Currently he shares a home in Portland with his partner Meredith and dog Tahoe and is happily employed as a Construction Manager for Green Hammer. He is the construction consultant for the CAPACES Leadership Institute, which is on track to be the first certified PassivHaus office building in the US.

Matt Collier, Director of Consulting Services, Blue Tree Strategies

Matt CollierMatt Collier is director of consulting services at Blue Tree Strategies. He has extensive experience in structuring financing for public/private partnerships on behalf of the Portland Development Commission, the City of Portland’s economic development and urban renewal agency. Over his tenure at PDC, Matt helped structure a number of housing and commercial redevelopment projects throughout the City, including most recently a $50M affordable veteran’s housing project in Portland’s new South Waterfront district and a $15M affordable residential condominium project in North Portland. At PDC, Matt also worked with the Clean Tech and Sustainable Industries cluster team on a number of projects, most notably helping to start up the Portland Sustainability Institute and contributing to the design of the Clean Energy Works Portland program. Matt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University and has a certificate of real estate development from Portland State University

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