Kelley Beamer serves as the Executive Director at the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, and has more than nine years experience developing strategic advocacy campaigns to advance land conservation. Prior to joining the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, Kelley served as the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the Cascadia Green Building Council, where she implemented stated wide public awareness and advocacy campaigns, and managed a branch network in Portland, Bend, Klamath Falls, and Eugene. Kelley began her conservation work in Oregon in 2006 as the Conservation Organizer for Friends of Columbia Gorge, where she organized public support for protecting the unique values of the Gorge and advocated for Land and Water Conservation funds to support the US Forest Service land acquisition program in the Gorge.
Kelley’s extensive experience forging partnerships with diverse communities earned her recognition as one of Oregon’s “35 Innovators Under 35” by 1,000 Friends of Oregon. Prior to coming to Oregon, Kelley worked as a Policy Assistant for the Wildlife Refuge Program of the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. where she helped secure more funding for the national wildlife refuge system. Kelley has an effective history of working on local and national conservation campaigns and a lifelong passion for place-based advocacy. In her free time, you will find Kelley fly fishing or hiking with her husband Paul and their dog Lucy.
Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Arts in Environmental Policy from American University, School for International Service. Email Kelley.
Mike Running serves as the Communications and Outreach Manager at the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Political Science in 1999, then a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning in 2002 also from U of O. He began working for the McKenzie River Trust, a local land trust based in Eugene, in October of 2000. He eventually became the Managing Director, helping to expand the scope and mission of the organization into all of Lane and Douglas Counties. After giving one year’s notice, Mike left the organization to become a Buddhist monk in January 2005. He lived in monasteries both in California and Missouri from 2005 until 2011 when he moved to Taiwan in order to study Chinese intensely. After becoming proficient in Chinese, Mike entered a graduate program in Buddhist Studies in Taiwan, the first westerner at this particular college for monastics. After spending many months in reflection and consultation, in December 2013 Mike decided to leave monastic life and return to his home state of Oregon. Currently he has been enjoying reconnecting with friends, family, and former colleagues in the land trust community. He particularly enjoys reconnecting with the beauty of Oregon on his bicycle. Email Mike.
Stephanie Manzo is COLT’s summer 2016 Communications Assistant. Stephanie is a native Oregonian, born and raised a fourth-generation resident of Salem and the Willamette Valley. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Science and business administration from Oregon State University, but life has led her down many varied paths ever since! Having worked in both nonprofit and private sectors, Stephanie has facilitated communications strategies in renewable energy and green building/sustainability. More recently, she has delved into documentary film production to strengthen her multi-media communications acumen. She is driven to protect Oregon’s natural legacy and this beautiful state that has served as her first and treasured home. Email Stephanie.