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.
Katie Young serves as COLT’s Legislative Intern. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Japanese from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009, Katie worked at the Hawaii State Legislature for three legislative sessions. Katie’s Japanese studies background helped her receive acceptance into the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and she taught English in Kumamoto, Japan for three years. Many of her students were multigenerational farmers who had deep understanding of and ancient connections to the land. This inspired Katie to enter conservation in hopes to protect environmental values while preserving cultural traditions and connecting people to the land. Since moving back to the US, she has studied biological sciences and worked in aquaculture facilities, environmental organizations, land conservation, and policy.
Chris Fryefield is COLT’s Law Fellow helping to coordinate and develop our Pro Bono Legal Program. Chris is a new Oregon attorney specializing in environmental law with her J.D. and a Master’s in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan. Since returning to her native Oregon, Chris has worked for Bonneville Power Administration and the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council. Chris was also responsible for editing the recent Oregon State Bar Association publication on climate change as a member of the Sustainable Future Section’s Climate Change task force and continues to serve on that committee and the Oregon New Lawyers Division Pro Bono committee. She has expertise in land conservation, water law and hydrology, and endangered species management. In her free time Chris enjoys reading, cooking, and taking long walks in Oregon’s beautiful natural spaces with her wife Kate. Email Chris.