Board of Directors
Sydney Scout, President
Sydney Scout is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. After migrating South over the past five years, she has currently landed in Portland, Oregon. Sydney holds a Bachelors degree from Oregon State University, as well as a Masters of Public Policy degree and Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management from Portland State University. Professionally, Sydney manages campaigns for women running for state and local office. Sydney began volunteering with Our Climate in early 2015 when she was part of the organization's first class of Fellows. She is excited to be continuously involved as the organization evolves and grows.
Ty Gorman, Vice President
Ty has worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects for 12 years. He has promoted renewable energy and energy efficiency in the U.S. through community and national sustainability programs at the U.S. DOE, EPA, DOT, House of Representatives, Sustainability Institute of N. Charleston, Pacific Gas and Electric, First Light Solar, and Ecova. He managed onsite climate change adaptation projects with APS in Sao Paulo and GIZ/European Commission in East Indian villages. Ty is excited to work towards a healthier and more just world as Our Climate's Legislative Director, Board VP, and Fundraising Co-Chair.
Natalie Popovich, Board Treasurer
Natalie currently resides in her native California where she is pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. She spends most of her time thinking about how economics can be leveraged to address equity issues in environmental regulation. Her background in environmental advocacy and transportation planning motivates her belief in the power of a carbon tax to fundamentally shift the power imbalance in our economy. She has a soft spot for whales and dreams of a world where everyone has the option to bike or take transit to work.
Clara Fang leads the Higher Education Action Team at Citizens' Climate Lobby. Clara is also co-chair of the Detroit, Michigan chapter of CCL, and formerly a volunteer in the Chester County, PA Chapter. She is a partner at Earth Deeds L3C, a social venture to help people support local solutions to global warming. She has worked as a sustainability consultant for the City of Albany, New York, and as sustainability coordinator at Swarthmore College and Towson University. She has previously served on the advisory council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium. Clara holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Utah, and a BA in English from Smith College.
Gordy is an experienced manager with domestic and international not-for-profits and has a long-standing interest in renewable energy and climate change. Gordy has several decades of management experience, including 20 years with CARE International, an international relief and development agency. His first efforts at increasing solar energy date back to 1982, when he organized one of Oregon’s first solar-energy technician training programs. More recently, he was the Executive Director of Green Empowerment, an organization promoting renewable energy in the developing world. He serves on the board of directors of Solar Oregon and has been active with Oregon Climate/Our Climate since 2013.
Jake has been a climate activist and community organizer for six years. In college, Jake was an intern for Oregon Climate, director of sustainability of the Eastside for Willamette University, president of Students for Divestment at Willamette University, and author of a toolkit with the American Council On Renewable Energy that has facilitated the adoption of renewable energy on tribal lands. Jake was also an organizing fellow with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2015, learning the power of grassroots organizing firsthand in the cornfields of Iowa. Recently, Jake completed a 28,000-mile journey around the globe, studying the political economy of climate change, speaking with people impacted by increased drought and changing weather patterns. As an avid organizer and writer, Jake has attended the last two UN Climate Negotiations in Paris and Morocco.