Board of Advisors


The Lewis & Clark Sustainability Advisory Board was formed to assist in the development of Lewis & Clark’s Sustainability Initiative (LCSI): an intellectual hub comprising all three campuses to address the most pressing issues connected to the development of a just and sustainable society. The Advisory Board plays a crucial role in this endeavor. Its members provide expertise and guidance as we seek to create educational opportunities responsive to challenging times, develop students into capable leaders, and make Lewis & Clark more connected, visible, and impactful in the Portland community and beyond. Sustainability is one core theme of Lewis & Clark’s strategic plan.


Members represent a range of diverse backgrounds who can link the classroom to practice by providing mentoring for students, support for programs, and insight for faculty and staff. Board members should, therefore, represent a broad range of experience, expertise, geographical locations, and professional fields. Members meet bi-annually and requirements include:

  • Participating in a minimum of one meeting per year
  • Committing to a renewable, three-year term
  • Providing annual financial support for the College’s sustainability initiatives

Current Members

Jim Desmond, Oregon State Director, The Nature Conservancy

Matt Donegan, President, Donegan Advisors, LLC

David Ellis, Retired, General Counsel, Lewis & Clark College

Benedikt Hoskuldsson, Lead Partnership Specialist, Sustainable Energy for All

Margaret Kirkpatrick L’82, Retired, Senior VP and General Counsel, NW Natural Gas

Craig MacLeod, P’11, Lewis & Clark Board of Trustee member

Niels Marquardt ’75, Ambassador-in-Residence, Lewis & Clark College

McKena Miyashiro, Portland General Electric

Lee Rahr ’90, Water & Energy Program Director, Sustainable Northwest

Keith Ristau, President & CEO, Far West Recycling

Bart Westcott ’75, Retired, Grassroots Ecology Board

Craig Sheahan, Business Leader | Water and Environment Business Unit, David Evans and Associates, Inc.
Meeting Schedule

The Board meets twice annually, generally in October and May.

Get Involved

We appreciate your interest and support for Lewis & Clark. To get involved, please contact Aaron Whiteford, Associate Vice President and Director of Campaign Operations,, 503-768-7944