Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts Staff

Kelley with her daughter Finnea

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.

Jen Newlin

Jen Newlin serves as COLT’s Communications Director. Before joining our team, she was a director of creative strategy for Metropolitan Group—a strategic consulting firm—supporting the company’s environmental focus area. Her clients included NASA’s Earth Science Division, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Save the Redwoods League and Audubon Society of Portland. Previously, she worked as a senior storyteller for a content strategy firm and, before that, spent seven years as a creative manager with The Nature Conservancy.

Jen found her career in conservation when working for The Cheetah Conservation Fund (yes, ask her about the cats) after serving in the Peace Corps. Now she volunteers for The Circus Project—connecting homeless and at-risk youth to circus arts—and she’s a board member of CLAWS, a nonprofit working to integrate the needs of predators and local livelihoods worldwide. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and art. When she’s not in the office, she’s training in trapeze, exploring the wilds of Oregon and spending time with her partner, Ken, and their cat, Olive. And you can always find her on Instagram.  Email Jen.

Mike Running
Mike Running

Mike Running serves as the part-time Administrative Coordinator for COLT (among other duties). From 2014-2018, he was our Communications and Outreach Manager before beginning a graduate program at Portland State University in counseling in the Fall of 2017. Mike 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.

In 2005 Mike become a Buddhist monk, living in monasteries in California, Missouri, and Taiwan, where he studied Chinese intensely. After spending many months in reflection, in December 2013 Mike decided to leave monastic life and return to his home state of Oregon. He currently lives in NE Portland with his wife, stepson, and aging cat. He enjoys (nearly) all things Oregon, loves every kind of rain, commutes by bike, and appreciates sincerity. Email Mike. 

Kendra Manton

Kendra Manton serves as COLT’s part-time Digital Coordinator. She also works as the part-time Communications Coordinator at The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC). For TWC, Kendra manages all of their digital channels including website, social media and e-news. For COLT, she manages social media and supports web and content strategy. Prior to her land trust work, Kendra spent 5 years building and implementing the Mercy Corps Action Center youth and adult education programs.

Before that, you could find Kendra facilitating outdoor education trips across California and the world. Over the course of her nearly ten years in experiential education, Kendra was lucky enough to interact with literally thousands of youth and take them to many of the wildest places you can imagine. When Kendra is not in the office she is with her two young girls and husband, in the garden, or dipping in some very cold northwest waters. Email Kendra.

Gordon Levitt

Gordon Levitt serves as COLT’s Legislative Coordinator. He earned his J.D. and M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2016, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College in 2012. Gordon and his wife live in Northwest Portland with their cat, Jefferson. Gordon enjoys skiing, rock climbing, gardening, and serving as the Board President for the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board. Email Gordon.