EQC and DOE Context Information

Updated Mar 29, 2017; Posted Mar 29, 2017 Gov. Kate Brown fires majority of state environmental commissioners
Brown replaced three members of the five-person Environmental Quality Commission, including one commissioner, Colleen Johnson, whom the governor had recently reappointed. Two other members, Melinda Eden and Morgan Rider, were also fired.

The commission oversees an agency [ODOE] that has struggled to regain public trust since last year's Portland air scare revealed just how little it had done to protect city residents from toxic air pollution.

The resulting crisis led to the resignation of its previous director, Dick Pedersen, and left the agency without a permanent leader for nearly a year.{{}}

Brown’s ouster of a majority of the appointees serving on the Environmental Quality Commission is unusual

Citing threats to environmental protection policies during the Trump presidency, Brown said in a prepared statement that “it’s essential that the EQC work collaboratively with the governor’s office in meeting these new challenges.”

“I appreciate the service of all EQC members, and I welcome new perspectives and leadership to move the EQC forward,” she said.

 Richard Whitman, Director of DEQ Lea Feldon, Deputy Dir DEQ  Kathleen George, EQC Commissioner Molly Kile, EQC Commissioner  Wade Mosby EQC Commissioner  Sam Baroso, EQC Commissioner
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Richard Whitman, a former policy advisor to Oregon Governor Kate Brown, will remain director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.
The state’s five-member Environmental Quality Commission on Tuesday selected Whitman, who has been acting director since October, over Leanne Mosby of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Whitman is the fourth person to serve as director of DEQ in less than a year. The agency has been searching for a permanent leader since Dick Pedersen resigned from the position in March, in the midst of a scandal over the agency’s handling of revelations about toxic emissions at several locations across Portland.
Before joining DEQ, Whitman had been a natural resources advisor in the governor’s office since 2011. A native of Boston, Whitman has lived on the West Coast since 1984. He worked as an environmental attorney before his first job advising on natural resources policy for Attorney General Hardy Meyers in 1996. He has also served as the director of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, where his work involved climate adaptation and the state’s urban growth boundary.
Leah Feldon as DEQ deputy director. Since late April 2016, Feldon has been the special advisor to the director for air toxics issues, and, specifically, for Cleaner Air Oregon, the multi-agency regulatory reform initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health considerations. She has served in several executive and management positions at DEQ over the past seven years of her nearly 11 year tenure at DEQ.
“Leah's experience at DEQ gives her the breadth of knowledge necessary to help ensure the well-informed changes DEQ must make to successfully meet the new environmental challenges of the future,” said Shepherd. “Leah has honed the skill of listening carefully to our harshest critics, adapting our behavior to the parts of the criticism that are well-informed, and honestly and openly accepting that we've erred, when we've erred.“







Kathleen George
Term of service: 5/3/17-6/30/20 (eligible for reappointment)
Kathleen George is an elected member of the Grande Ronde Tribal Council. Prior to serving in public office, George was the Director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is a Grand Ronde tribal member and helped tribal governments accomplish their goals for most of her career.
Having worked for Oregon's tribes for 20 years, George has engaged with state and federal government to support healthy rivers, a clean environment, and the communities that who depend on them. Previously, she owned a natural resources consulting firm, Cedar Consulting, and worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in Pendleton.
George grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, and as a graduate of Dominican University with a B.A. in Environmental Biology, she is the first of her family to graduate college.
Term of service: 5/3/17-6/30/19 (eligible for reappointment)
Molly Kile is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Her major research interests are environmental, molecular epidemiology, and global health.
Specifically, Kile's research interests include understanding how exposure to chemicals in the environment influences maternal and child health. Her research includes study of how environmental factors link to health risks, including how chemical exposures in utero may alter epigenetic mechanisms that could contribute to chronic diseases later in life.
She is also the director of the community engagement core of OSU's Superfund Research Center. In this role, she works with Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest to investigate their concerns about environmental pollution.
Kile received her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health. She continued her postdoctoral training at Harvard in molecular epidemiology.
Wade Mosby
Term of service: 5/3/17-6/30/19 (eligible for reappointment)
Wade Mosby was born in Sweet Home, Oregon and is a fifth generation Oregonian, with both branches of his family dating back to the 1840s and 1850s in Oregon. Mosby is the former Senior Vice President for Collins, a family-owned, integrated forest products company that practices sustained yield forestry. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College and attended the MBA program at the University of Portland on the G.I. Bill. He served in the military as an Army officer from 1969-1971.
Mosby served on the Roseburg Planning Commission beginning in 1986 and was chair from 1988-1990. He has an extensive public service background, including having served as a board member on the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC, and as a member of Business Oregon's Finance Committee.
Additionally, Mosby was a founding member of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1993 and Collins was the first US company to adopt FSC forest certification. Collins was also one of the 12 original World Wildlife Funds Climate Savers companies. Mosby's business experience includes executive experience managing issues related to water and air resources, carbon sequestration, and pesticide issues.
Terms of service: 2/1/17-6/30/20
Sam Baraso is a graduate of Duke University with a background in environmental management, finance, and social equity. Sam currently works as a senior policy analyst in Multnomah County's Office of Sustainability developing financing mechanisms to support building resiliency investments. Sam has worked on projects at the intersection of health and the environment evaluating emerging research on the use of green infrastructure for water quality, air quality, and psychological health. Prior to his role at the County, Sam developed water quality and endangered species’ mitigation banking programs across the Northwest. Sam believes a truly sustainable Oregon is ecologically, economically, socially healthy.

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