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Jeff has dedicated his life to public service and effective advocacy for the public interest. He has spent more than eleven years as a consumer advocate with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, making sure that utilities don’t gouge ratepayers, and developing progressive energy policy for the state of Oregon.

Jeff also spent nearly a decade working as a social service advocate to set up school breakfast programs and summer feeding programs for children in local communities. He also recognized that families must have the ability to help themselves and he worked to support the start-up of community gardens and plant-and-seed distributions so families could grow their own food.

The hallmark of Jeff’s work has been organizing diverse constituencies around common interests to achieve goals often thought to be out of reach, turning ideas into practical solutions. By organizing diverse coalitions, Jeff has taken on big issues and won. In short, he gets results:

  • Defeated Enron’s plans when they proposed radical deregulation for Portland General Electric;
  • Created the Energy Trust of Oregon to make energy efficiency and renewable energy investments and defended its funding from attacks and diversions;
  • Created and oversees the renewable energy options that Portland General Electric and Pacific Power are required to offer to their customers;
  • Led the effort to stop the Oregon legislature from charging ratepayers for profits on the defunct Trojan nuclear power plant;
  •  Created and expanded the Oregon Energy Assistance Program to help low-income Oregonians pay their electric bills to avoid heat-or-eat decisions;
  • Led the effort to establish a Renewable Energy Standard for Oregon, requiring that 25 percent of the state’s energy usage be generated from renewable resources by 2025.
  • Expanded tax credits and established policies to enable clean energy industries to locate and grow in Oregon.

ImageJeff volunteers his time in the community to address important concerns. He worked with electoral efforts as part of the Multnomah County Chapter Steering Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters from 2000-2007, electing pro-environment candidates and holding them accountable once in office. He also worked to ensure a diversity of voices while serving on the board of Portland Community Media from 2001-2008, providing a means for community-based communications.  Currently, he is on the board of directors of the St. Johns Main Street Coalition, a neighborhood economic development organization.  He is also a member of the Citizen Review Committee for Portland's Independent Police Review.
 
Jeff lives in Portland's St. Johns neighborhood with his wife Melanie. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management.