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Rebecca Sero Ph.D.

Rebecca Sero HeadshotResearch Fellow
Phone: (509) 358-7879

Rebecca Sero is the Evaluation Specialist for Washington State University (WSU) Extension. In this position, Rebecca leads a statewide evaluation effort for WSU Extension and is responsible for increasing WSU Extension’s capacity to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs and services. Primarily, Rebecca works closely with teams to conduct periodic, focused evaluations of major WSU Extension programs. Additionally, she also develops and disseminates evaluation best practices and tools for use by Extension educators and develops evaluation-related professional development opportunities.

Rebecca received a Ph.D. from Purdue University and a M.S. from Miami University. For additional information, please visit her website.

Urban Ag & Local Food Staff Exchange between OSU and CSU Denver Extension  


Brian Kleinke participated in an urban staff exchange program between Ohio State University (OSU) and Colorado State University (CSU) as part of the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER)’s formal Staff Exchange Program. Brian Kleinke visited Denver and met with the Denver Extension County Director, Rusty Collins, and the Denver Horticulture Agent, Dan Goldhamer. An urban ag tour was conducted where Brian met some of Denver Extension’s key partners in the urban ag and local food community including ReVision (a local coop), Denver Urban Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Growhaus. Brian Kleinke shared the details of his roles and job at OSU and CSU shared information about the local food system, organizational partners, delivery of daily programs, and plans for the future.

Download Report (.pdf)Denver Urban Ag Tour Itenerary

Exchange Information


The exchange will take place over a two-three day period.

Host Program:

  • City: Denver Urban Agriculture/local food systems
  • Staff Name(s): Rusty Collins, Denver Extension Director, and Robert Franklin, Denver 4-H Agent


 Visiting Staff:

  • City: Columbus
  • Program Area: Urban Agriculture/local food systems
  • Staff Name(s): Brian Kleinke

Prior Exchange

Program Change

Taking away information from Denver, Colorado and how their urban ag/local
food systems programming works, will be beneficial to give new avenues for
thought and processes that can be implemented in Columbus, Ohio.

Before the exchange, Rusty Collins expected to network, establish avenues of collaboration and thought exchange on how the Center can work together to solve urban food system issues.

Objectives & Goals

  1. Expansion of colleague network
  2. New avenues for collaboration
  3. New avenues for thought exchange, program planning, and evaluation
  4. Learn more about Denver local food systems and CSU involvement
  5. Meet supporting organizations and non-profits

Post Exchange

Actions & Activities

Goal 1:  Meet with community leaders

  1. Engaged in conversation with grass roots non-profit organizations who are deeply engaged leaders in the community of urban agriculture.
  2. Exchanged ideas and conversation with Denver Extension


The outcomes from this exchanged are as follows:

  1. Learned about how a local food system is being assessed and implemented in Denver, Colorado.
  2. Met with various non-profit organizations to learn about their involvement, goals, and objectives within the local food system.
  3. Learned and compared the similarities and differences of urban
    agriculture between Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado.
  4. Formed a deeper understanding for how Cooperative Extension operates in both states.
  5. Assessed and compared the similarities and differences of community
    members needs in the vastly different urban settings.

Resources Developed & Aquired

The sharing of resources has been discussed more post visit, then during the visit. Rusty supplied his CSU colleagues with portfolios that displayed his work, and the work of Franklin County as a team.


This was a very worthwhile experience. To have the ability to meet with
colleagues not just different extension services (i.e., state, county, etc.) but to
understand their constraints, strengths, and weaknesses with regard to
community challenges, environmental challenges, funding challenges, etc.
will allot the Center to begin to form a more “global” view of extension, the Western Center’s work, and how to best collaborate with colleagues.

Urban agriculture in Columbus, Ohio is booming with a lot of community interest and support. The food system in Columbus is building in to what is common place in Colorado. Local food systems in Colorado are the norm, seeing very few fast food restaurants, yet, an abundance of “slow food” restaurants.

Both cities working toward the same goal, to build resilient, sustainable, local food systems, but coming from two very different schools of thought. The OSU Extension Franklin County is the standard for fact based resource information and education to the urban farm community simply because OSU Extension Franklin County was the key driving force behind urban agriculture in Columbus.

CSU Denver Extension is in quite a different position. With aged grass roots organizations that have been around for decades and with the inherent tradition of local foods in Colorado, CSU Denver, is one of many
working urban agriculture education.

There is a lot that can be shared, learned, and collaborated on between the two extension services in the future.

Dayna Emmons

Dayna Emmons headhsotResearch Fellow

Dayna is an MPA candidate at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, focusing on policy analysis and program evaluation.  Previously, she had worked in the nonprofit sector in the Seattle area for several years, most recently at the ACLU of Washington, providing support for their advocacy and legislative agendas.

Dayna received her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado in International Affairs and Political Science. With her Master’s degree in Public Administration, Dayna plans to continue working in program evaluation for governments, nonprofit, and research organizations.

Julie M Fox, Ph.D.

Julie Fox HeadshotAssociate Professor; Associate Chair, Department of Extension; OSU Extension Urban Metro Program Leader and Central Regional Director
Phone: (740) 289-2071 x 225

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.

Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.

Urban Green Infrastructure Summit

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Creating new collaborative networks, identifying research and education priorities, and sharing existing resources.

Thursday update: starting presentations @ 9am, 45min delay
breakfast / networking from 7:30.

Urban Green Infrastructure Summit

Metropolitan areas face many challenges, including those of urban flooding, storm-water management, air and water quality, urban heat islands, chronic diseases and public health issues, access to green spaces, and equity and social justice. Urban green infrastructure has a role in addressing all these urban issues.

Green infrastructure includes vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices that restore some of the natural processes required to manage water and create healthier urban environments (EPA. October, 2017). Green Infrastructure elements may be integrated in communities in single, small-scale applications or networks of practices spanning entire watersheds. Examples include land conservation, urban tree canopy, green roofs, green parking, green streets and alleys, permeable pavements, bioswales, planter boxes, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and downspout disconnection.

Low Impact Development, Sustainable Stormwater Solutions and Green Infrastructure terms will be used interchangeably for the purpose of this Summit.

Join the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research’s Urban Green Infrastructure Summit on Feb 21 & 22 at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, OR. This summit will connect government and agency personnel, University researchers, and Extension professional, to create new collaborative networks, identify research and education priorities, and share existing resources.

Register for the 2018 Urban Green Infrastructure Summit.

When registering, if you reside in any of the following states, please register using the General – Member price: WA, OR, AK, CA, CO, ID, MI, OH.

This discounted price is available to you because your state’s Extension program is a member of the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER).

Registration will close on February 15, 2018 – please be sure to register by this date.

Conference registration fees will cover all conference events, materials and defined meals. Hotel and transportation costs are not included in the registration fee.

Hotel & Transportation



Embassy suites logoReservations can be made online or by calling the hotel directly at (503) 644-4000.embassy suites hotel


Embassy Suites
9000 SW Washington Square Road
Tigard, Oregon, 97223

Map: Embassy suites hotel

Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Baggage Storage
  • Laundry/Valet Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Room Service
  • Lounge
  • Local Area Transportation
  • Multi-Lingual Staff
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Guest Activity/Recreation Desk
  • Business Center
  • Complementary Beverages
  • Digital Key Available


  • Complementary local area transportation (1 mile radius from hotel).
  • No airport shuttle provided

If necessary, rooms must be cancelled with a cancellation number obtained 30 days prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation fee. If the reservation is not cancelled and the guest fails to arrive as scheduled, a no-show fee will be applied.

Agenda & Summit Structure


  • Three working sessions exploring the latest developments in Green Infrastructure followed by small group break-out sessions to identify resources, build partnerships and build solutions. Summit themes include the following:
    • Landscape scale challenges and management – land use planning, floods and floodplain management, climate resiliency, riparian and wetland management, open spaces
    • Green Stormwater Infrastructure – runoff reduction, water quality treatment practices, urban trees and forests
    • Non-traditional, Non-water Green Infrastructure Issues and Ideas – social justice and equity, public health, air quality and heat islands, contaminants of emerging concern, economics, regulations and incentives, outreach efforts.
  • A fourth, research and education planning session, will develop applied research projects to address needs and opportunities identified at the Summit. (Feb 22: 3:30-7:00 pm) OPTIONAL.


Download agenda here

Feb 21: morning and afternoon sessions (7:30-5:00 pm)
  • Welcome
  • Morning Keynote:
    Sarah Medary, Assistant City Manager, City of Eugene, Leading Transformation and Change – A Landscape Architect’s Journey.
  • Session 1: Landscape scale challenges and management (Session Chair: Derek Godwin, OSU)
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    Session Sponsor
    • Presentations:
      Scott Altenhoff: Using the Collective Impact Framework and Adaptive Management Techniques to Promote More Effective and Widespread Green Infrastructure.
      Bruce RollBroadening the Scope to Increase Resilience: Expanding Stormwater Management Beyond Regulated Areas
      Carrie SannemanSide Effects May Include: Cost Savings, Collaboration, Resilience – 3 stories of Integrated Water Management
    • Interactive break-out session
  • Luncheon Keynote panel: Chris Obropta, Rosana Da Silva: Rutgers University: Community-based Green Infrastructure Initiative in New Jersey
  • Session 2: Green Stormwater Infrastructure (Session Chair: Ani Jayakaran, WSU)
    • Presentations
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      Session Sponsor

      Bob Simmons: WSU Extension’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Programming Experiences.
      Sarah Whitney: Action Through Understanding – Incentivizing Voluntary Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
      Doug Howie: Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Washington State: Status and Trends.
      Joe Cook: Economics of Green Stormwater Infrastructure.

    • Interactive break-out session
Feb 22: morning and afternoon sessions (7:30-3:00 pm)
  • Session 3: Non-traditional, Non-water Green Infrastructure Issues and Ideas (Session Chair: Kevan Moffett, WSU)
    • Presentations
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      Session Sponsor

      Jennifer Karps: Trees as a Tool for Equity.
      Vivek Shandas: Trees as Green Infrastructure: Implications of expanding urban canopy on urban heat, air quality, and residential energy use in the Portland metropolitan region.
      Yekang Ko PhD: Socioeconomic and policy implications from a long-term monitoring of Sacramento Shade trees.

    • Interactive break-out session
Session Sponsor
  • Session 4: Research & Education planning session
    (3:30-6:00 pm) (Session Chair: Julie Padowski, WSU)
Who Should Attend
City, county, and agency department level personnel, applied research faculty, and Extension professionals.
Summit Speakers
Scott Altenhoff head shotScott Altenhoff
Urban Forestry Management Analyst
City of Eugene, Oregon

Scott spends his days working to connect people with trees and the natural environment. His main focus is on strategic planning, program development, public education and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the City of Eugene in 2005, Scott worked for many years as a commercial arborist and forest surveyor throughout the Pacific Northwest. Scott has a B.A. in Classics (Latin, Greek, and Ancient Philosophy) from the University of Oregon and is currently working on a graduate certificate in Urban Forestry through Oregon State University. Scott was a recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2017 True Professionals of Arboriculture award and currently serves on the board for the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Joe Cook headshotJoseph Cook
Associate Professor, Environmental Economics
Washington State University

Joseph Cook joined the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University as an Associate Professor in August 2017 after ten years in the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington. His research focus has primarily been on water and sanitation policy in low-income countries, water resources economics and policy, and nonmarket valuation. He has a new focus on green infrastructure and has an appointment with WSU Extension and the Washington Stormwater Center. He has conducted 12 household surveys in six countries, and is a Research Associate with the Kenya center of the Environment for Development initiative. Consulting assignments have included work for the Asian Development Bank, the Hopi Tribe in Arizona, and the Washington State legislature.

photo of Rosana De SilvaRosana Da Silva,
Program Associate,  Water Resources Program
Rutgers Cooperative Extension


Rosana graduated in May 2011 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Education and graduated in January 2016 from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with an Education Masters (Ed.M.) in Science Education.  Rosana interned with the Water Resources Program from May 2010 to August 2011.  During her internship, Rosana developed and delivered educational outreach programs to urban communities throughout New Jersey.  Rosana has participated in the construction and maintenance of rain gardens, assisted in rain barrel workshops, and developed evaluation tools to measure the impact of outreach programs delivered.  As a Program Associate, Rosana continues to develop, deliver, and evaluate educational and outreach programs to address water resources issues in New Jersey. Rosana also organizes, coordinates, and builds partnerships to establish municipal action teams focusing on green infrastructure initiatives within New Jersey’s urban communities. She provides support to the Water Resources Program’s marketing and social media engagement activities to increase awareness of water resources in the state and continues to participate in the planning, construction oversight, and maintenance of green infrastructure projects. 

Doug Howie headshotDoug Howie
Stormwater Engineer
Washington Department of Ecology

Doug Howie has more than 30 years experience in planning, design, and construction of stormwater projects. He is a stormwater engineer for the Department of Ecology working with permit managers to assist jurisdictions throughout the state in meeting their Permit requirements. He also manages the TAPE program where Ecology evaluates emerging technologies for use in Washington State. He is the Grant Manager for several Ecology funded research evaluating treatment capabilities of bioretention and water treatment residuals. Doug is a licensed PE in Washington and Idaho, a Life Member of ASCE, and an Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.

Jennifer Karps PhotoJennifer Karps
Tree Program Coordinator
Bureau of Environmental Services
City of Portland

Jennifer Karps has an M.S. in biogeography, is an ISA-certified arborist and municipal specialist, and has over twenty years’ academic and practical experience in plant ecology, environmental science, and forest dynamics with a focus on urban environments.  Since 2002, Jennifer has developed and supported programs for the city of Portland’s Urban Forestry and Watershed Services groups.  Currently, Jennifer implements partnership-based tree planting and education programs for the City and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level resource management courses in the Geography Department at Portland State University. For more information on the tree program, visit:

 Ko headshotYekang Ko, PhD.
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, BLA Director; Director, APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub
University of Oregon

Yekang Ko is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon where she teaches urban sustainability, energy landscapes, and landscape planning and design. She obtained her Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. Her research focuses on urban energy planning, green infrastructure, and physical planning and design for climate change mitigation and adaptation. In this talk, she presents her collaborative project with the USDA Forest Service on 22-year monitoring of survival for residential yard trees planted through Sacramento Shade, the largest and longest operating utility-sponsored shade tree planting program in the US, and their influence in long-term energy saving performance. From this study, she draws implications for data-driven green infrastructure planning and recommendations for urban tree planting programs. Target audiences are researchers, arborists, city planners, landscape architects and policy makers.

Head shot of Sarah MedarySarah Medary
Assistant City Manager
Interim Public Works Director
City of Eugene

Sarah has a passion for leadership and is in her sweet spot when supporting or leading teams that are making people and places better. That’s why her current role as Eugene’s Public Works Director feels like home. As the Public Works Director, Sarah works closely with the City’s elected officials and executive team on some of the most exciting and challenging issues facing the community and organization. Balancing the needs of today and responsibility for the future keeps her engaged and curious.

Sarah’s passion for the outdoors drove her early educational pursuits in Horticulture and then Landscape Architecture. Prior to working for the City of Eugene she worked in landscape and irrigation construction in Fort Collins, Co and Seattle, WA. She recognized through those experiences that she wanted to be a designer of thoughtful solutions which led her to landscape architecture.

Sarah’s career at the City began in parks maintenance on the irrigation maintenance crew. Over the past 21 years, she has worked in four of the City’s six departments and in 2008 was promoted to Assistant City Manager. She’s helped lead the City through a number of community wide exercises including the re-development of downtown, the Eugene-Springfield Fire merger and Envison Eugene, the City’s 20 yr growth plan and Urban Growth Boundary expansion. She’s also led the way with many not so fruitful conversations such as Uber.

While she will take credit for some wins, she attributes most of her successes to the teams she has been honored to work with. She strongly believes that everyone is a leader and invests much of her time mentoring and helping others grow and succeed. Her passion for leadership inspired her to obtain her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2011 and she was awarded the Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award by the International City/County Management Association in 2012.

Balancing work and play is important to Sarah and while she has a lot of fun every day in her work, you can also find her fly fishing, boating, playing tennis, taking photos, cooking and hanging out with her partner and their itty bitty Australian Shepherd, Rio.

Headshot of Chris ObroptaChristopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E.
Extension Specialist in Water Resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
Rutgers University

Chris has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Obropta was an environmental consultant for 12 years at Omni Environmental Corporation.   Dr. Obropta has a background in watershed management, water quality modeling, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and coastal engineering.  His specific experience includes watershed restoration, onsite wastewater treatment system design and management, wasteload allocations and TMDL studies, stormwater management, wetland design, effluent dilution analyses, longshore sediment transport, computer-aided design, and geographic information systems (GIS). He teaches Bioresource Engineering Design I & II, where he directs student design teams to develop solutions to complex real-life engineering problems.

With his extensive and impressive background Dr. Obropta leads his highly specialized team of professional staff who are determined to create innovative solutions to water quality issues in New Jersey.  

Bruce Roll HeadshotBruce Roll
Director – Watershed Management Department
Clean Water Services (CWS)

Bruce is the Director of Watershed Management for Clean Water Services ( and the nonprofit Clean Water Institute (CWI) in Hillsboro, Oregon.  He is also a founding member of the Intertwine Alliance ( and key developer of the Tree For All Landscape Conservation Program (    For more than 30 years, Bruce has worked with public utilities and local governments interested in the conservation of natural resources. Since 2007, Bruce has helped manage one of the United States’ largest and most successful landscape conservation programs the Tualatin Watershed of northwest Oregon. During his tenure at CWS,  more than 120 river miles have been restored across more than 25,000 acres in the Tualatin Watershed.  Bruce attended Colorado State University where he received a BS in Environmental Microbiology.  In addition, Bruce received a MS and PhD from the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Hawaii and a MPH in management from the School of Public Health.

Carrie Sanneman HeadshotCarrie Sanneman
Clean Water Program Manager
Willamette Partnership

Carrie manages the Clean Water program at Willamette Partnership, a conservation non-profit that works across the Northwest. Her work focuses on demonstrating how nature can support clean water, finding new ways to fund good work on the ground, and building partnerships to support lasting change in how we manage water resources. Previous to her role at Willamette Partnership, Carrie worked in conservation and restoration with state and federal agencies and research institutions for the better part of a decade. She currently serves on the board of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. She has a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and a B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University.

Vivek Shandas head shotVivek Shandas
Professor, Urban Studies and Planning;
Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions; Director, Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab
Portland State University

Vivek Shandas is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and the Research Director for the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Dr.Shandas’ research aims to address policy relevant questions by examining the feedbacks among urban form, governance systems, and human health and well being. This talk will provide a summary of over a decade of research examining the implications of development patterns on tree canopy in the Portland metro region, with a specific emphasis on the role of trees in mediating urban heat, air quality, and residential energy use. Dr.Shandas serves as Chair of the City of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission, and is a Principal at CAPA Strategies, LLC, a global consulting group that helps communities prepare for climate-induced disruptions.

Bob Simmons Headshot

Bob Simmons
Olympic Region Water Resources Regional Specialist
WSU Extension

Bob Simmons is WSU Extension’s Olympic Region Water Resources Regional Specialist and serves as WSU Extension’s Water Resources Program Leader. He has over 25 years of experience in providing community based natural resource stewardship and conservation programs focusing on water quality in the Puget Sound region. Over the past twelve years he has focused much of his work on stormwater management issues through his extension programming efforts. He has served as the chairperson of the Washington Governor’s Council on Environmental Education and led the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s PNW Watershed Management Education Program.

Sarah Whitney headshotSarah Whitney
Landscape architect; Urban Waters and Wildlife Program
Long Tom Watershed Council

Sarah is a landscape architect with over 20 years experience designing ecologically sensitive landscapes. The last 4 years, she has managed the Urban Waters and Wildlife Program for the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC), focusing on Trout Friendly Landscapes which entails working closely with commercial and industrial businesses to voluntarily install green stormwater infrastructure and other water quality improvement strategies. Prior to working with LTWC, Sarah was the principle instructor for the Water Conservation Technician Program at Lane Community College after closing the muti-disciplinary firm Habitats Inc which she co-founded and was the principle landscape designer for 13 years. Sarah has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, and a Fine Arts Management Degree from the University of Long Island at Southampton, and is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

Desired Outcomes

Desired Outcomes

  • Connect communities and university faculty to share existing resources, inform education and research priorities, and build new collaborative, problem-solving networks.
  • Present research being conducted in the region.
  • Present successes and challenges for implementing best practices in communities adopting urban/suburban green infrastructure.
  • Build networks among communities and university faculty for future opportunities.
    • City/County-Researcher-Extension: establish the networks to translate and share applied research to support municipality priorities with support from their local Extension programs.
    • City/County peer-to-peer: allow sharing of lessons learned and best practices that may be adopted in other communities.
    • University researcher / Extension peer-to-peer: establishing research collaborative networks to develop grant proposals, applied research projects.
Alphabetically listed below are the current individual participants in the Urban Green Infrastructure Summit.

  • Kristen Acock – City of Portland, BES
  • Adrienne Aiona – City of Portland, BES
  • Idil Akin – Washington State University
  • Ken Albin – City of Salem
  • Scott Altenhoff – City of Eugene
  • Kyle Anderson – City of Salem
  • Meghna Babbar-Sebens – Oregon State University
  • Whitney Bailey – EMSWCD
  • John Barney – Bernalllo County
  • Melissa Barton – Urban Biodiversity Hub
  • Jan Boll– Washington State University
  • Julia Bond – City of Portland, BES
  • Tim Bonnin – Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
  • Karen Bromley – City of Gresham
  • L. Jane Brubaker – University of Oregon
  • Sarah Bruce – City of Hillsboro
  • Ruby Buchholtz – Tualatin River Keepers
  • Melissa Buckingham – Pierce Conservation District
  • Brian Busiek – Herrera Environmental Consultants
  • Heejun Chang – Portland State University
  • Joe Cook – WSU Economic Sciences
  • Casey Cunningham – City of Portland, BES
  • Rosana Da Silva – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Alan Danforth – City of Mount Vernon
  • Cindy Davies – NMSU Bernalillo Cooperative Extension Service
  • John Garlisch – NMSU Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension
  • Chris Girard  – City of Eugene
  • Derek Dogwin – Oregon State University Extension Service
  • Brad Gaolach – Washington State University
  • Etta Goerl – Port of Portland
  • Josh Gunn– MSU Extension, Greening Michigan Institute
  • Doug Howie – Washington Department of Ecology
  • Chantel Huff – Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Judith Isaac – MRSC
  • Ani Jayakaran – Washington State University
  • Danny Kapsch – City of Portland, BES
  • Jennifer Karps – City of Portland Environmental Services
  • Andrea Kent – City of Salem
  • Yekang Ko – University of Oregon
  • Fred Lockhart – City of Eugene
  • Sarah Medary – City of Eugene
  • Kevan Moffett – Washington State University
  • Jennifer Morgan – Rogue Valley Sewer Services
  • Jennifer Morse – Portland State University
  • Jihane Nami – Portland State University
  • Somayeh Nassiri – Washington State University
  • Christopher Obropta – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Julie Padowski – WSU
  • Briita Pajunas – Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Elizabeth Pape – City of Portland
  • Neil Roberts – Washington County
  • Maxine Rodrigues – City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Carrie Sanneman – Willamette Partnership
  • Na’ama Schweitzer – City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Vivek Shandas – Portland State University
  • Aaron Shaw – Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Kathy Shearin – EMSWCD
  • Ted Shriro – City of Eugene
  • Robert Simmons – Washington State University
  • P. Sneed – Portland State University
  • Henry Stevens – City of Portland, BES
  • Doug Stienbarger – WSU Clark County Extension
  • Dan Sullivan – Oregon State University
  • Lacey Townsend – Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Anna Vandermer – Washigton State University
  • Ken VanDomelen – Coast Pavement Services
  • Sarah Whitney – Long Tom Watershed Council
  • Patrick Willis – OSU Extension
  • Tsion Woge – Oregon State University Extension Service
  • Grey Wolf – City of Salem

Map of Urban Green Infrastructure Summit Attendees

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Sponsor Opportunities
Flooding, storm water management, air and water quality, public health, and social justice and equity are among the critical urban issues that green infrastructure can address.

Help further these efforts by choosing to partner with WCMER in sponsoring this event.

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Additional Sponsor Opportunities:

  • Supporting the recording of all sessions for after-summit placement on websites and production and publishing of summit proceedings
  • Sponsor student participation at full conference registration rate (students can register for discounted rate, sponsorship will cover full cost of attendance).

Full version: sponsorship opportunities (.pdf)

Contact Brad Gaolach for additional sponsorship information at or 425-405-1734

Local Attractions
Washington square mallConveniently located near the Washington Square Mall in Tigard, Oregon, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square gives you access to the sights and sounds of an ideal Portland vacation.

Discover majestic golf courses, spacious vineyards, and eclectic shops and restaurants just a few steps from your hotel room. Enjoy a quick ride to downtown Portland and visit the iconic attractions you know and love.

Whether you are exploring wildlife at the Oregon Zoo, learning about fascinating technologies at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or expanding your cultural horizons at the Portland Art Museum, you are bound for a series of exciting adventures throughout Portland and Tigard when you stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square. (Source: embassy suites)

Popular Attractions

  • City Center
  • Downtown Portland
  • Japanese Gardens
  • World Forestry Center Museum
  • Washington Square Mall
  • The Oregon Zoo
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Red Tail Golf Center
  • Portland Saturday Market
  • Food Carts Dining

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Urban Communities Re-imagined – Kettering Foundation Project

Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

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Framing issues for public work requires authentic and inclusive participation from many representative voices. A multi-region, multi-state project – launching in October 2016 and funded by the Kettering Foundation – is exploring how the framing process itself can increase citizen participation in the deliberative process among under-represented groups, and help build critical relationships to address social justice issues facing many of our urban communities.

The webinar will explore the role Cooperative Extension has historically played in convening community conversations as a change agent. The presenters, project PI Patrick Proden and Co-PI Angela Allen, will then share their vision of a creative and inclusive framing process, and a deliberative dialogue component, leading to the creation of an urban issues guide which can be utilized in communities across the country to encourage personal and societal transformation. The project seeks to interweave the traditional strengths of the liberal arts, the values of civic inquiry and reflection, and the practical work of sustaining and supporting our communities and ourselves.


Presentation Slides (.pdf)


Presenter Bios

patrick proden headshotPatrick Proden
Phone: 503-821-1113

Patrick Proden serves as the  Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator for the Metro region in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his Regional Administrator position, Patrick served as Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania.

Patrick is currently involved in two civic engagement Kettering Foundation projects as a partner and Oregon State University representative in the ‘Rural Issues’ project and is leading the ‘Urban Communities-Urban Reimagined’ project as PI launched in October, 2016 in partnership with UW-Wisconsin.  He serves as Chair to the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and as an advisory board member for the Western Center for Metropolitan and Applied Research.

Throughout his career, Patrick has held several leadership positions as a Director of International Programs, Director of Operations, and Senior Program Officer, where he provided vision and leadership for high volume, high impact, community development programs both domestically and internationally.

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Anthropology and earned an M.A in Education from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoys outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing and cycling.

Angela AllenAngela Allen Ph.D.
Phone: 414-256-4630

Dr. Angela Allen leads the Milwaukee County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED) Program where she is also an educator and a faculty member.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Allen is locally and nationally known for developing educational programs which have earned her both the 2016 Wisconsin Extension Environmental and the Community Development Association Outstanding Early Career Award. Education has been central to Angela’s community development work, where she emphasizes local engagement and capacity building, as well as community-institutional partnerships. Her CNRED Educator role utilizes her 20 years of experience, and provides the right environment to support transformative community change.

Dr. Allen worked in community revitalization & engagement consulting work from 2010 to 2013 in Detroit, where she was named as the first district commissioner to the Detroit City Planning Commission. Her efforts helped her community after win a $500,000 ArtPlace America grant in 2014 – the neighborhoods first major grant award in over 25 years.

Dr. Allen is currently developing new programs that integrate strategic planning, collective impact, network weaving, public deliberation, digital storytelling and complex adaptive systems change.

Leadership in the City

Thursday, September 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Leadership in the city SlideDescription

The ability of Extension professionals to serve as leaders in the city is essential for linking the Extension mission with the unique aspects of metropolitan communities. This webinar provides an introduction to Leadership in the City, a competency-based curriculum designed to develop Extension professionals’ competencies in entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurial networking, and entrepreneurial innovation. Areas of focus include understanding the city leadership context for Land-Grant University/Extension professionals; developing a strategic partnership network and relationship management system; and advancing innovation and management focused on essential city leadership priorities.


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Presenter Bio

Julie Fox, OSUJulie M. Fox, Ph.D.
Phone: (740) 289-2071 x 225

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie Fox serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.

Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.


Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions (RVETS)Rutgers slide provides a structured learning environment to introduce unemployed or underemployed US military veterans to urban agriculture, aquaponics and organic land care as career options. RVETS also encourages veterans to become business owners in their community through entrepreneurship training in collaboration with the Rutgers-Newark School of Business.

RVETS provides over 1000 hours of training to 10-15 veterans over the course Logo: RUTGERS V.E.T.S.of 6 months along with an hourly stipend. Trainees work in county parks, community gardens and greening projects, and school gardens. Food from the gardens and greenhouses tended by RVETS is donated to a local soup kitchen.

Learn about the development and operations of RVETS from program co-founder Jan Zientek. Jan, the acting Agricultural Agent and County Extension Department Head for Essex County began formally working with veterans in 2008 at the VA Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, where he created a garden training program which was integrated into the VA Compensated Work Therapy program. Jan will share how RVETS evolved, and strategies for creating partnerships and serving veterans in other urban communities.


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Presenter Bio

Jan Zientek HeadshotJan Zientek
Phone: 973-228-3179

Since 2001, Jan has been the director of Rutgers Urban Gardening, a community gardening program active in Newark and surrounding communities of Essex County since 1978. Jan graduated Cook College (now Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) with a degree in Conservation Ecology. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador (1985-88), where he worked with local farmers to improve farm sustainability through agro-forestry practices. He completed a MS in Environmental Sociology at the University of Washington where his research examined rural communities’ response to scientific experts managing an environmental program (the land application of biosolids).

Jan has been involved in community development and environmental justice issues throughout his career and this experience has informed his work in Rutgers Cooperative Extension. It was his role as manager of the Rutgers Master Gardener that created the opportunity to offer horticultural training to veterans at the VA/East Orange in 2008 when a Rutgers Master Gardener (a veteran) asked to start a community garden at the hospital. In 2010, he worked with Dr. Amy Rowe to expand the veteran training program to include water quality and storm water management techniques, a program which evolved to become the Rutgers VETS program in 2014.

Competency in the City

Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Competency in the city FlyerDescription

Complexity and diversity in large cities requires Extension professionals to develop specific competencies. While the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics are similar to those reflected in all geographic settings, influences in the large cities intensify the degree to which personnel apply related competencies such as cultural competence, managing multiple resources, and communication to reach a larger and more diverse audience.

In this webinar, Julie Fox will share results of a competency study on the unique aspects of serving the Extension mission in urban communities. As a result of competency identification, Extension leaders can use the findings to improve Extension’s ability to attract, develop, retain, and structure competent talent. Julie will also provide an update from the National Urban Leaders Network (NULN) Professional Development action committee as they work to establish best practices for developing the capacity and competency of urban Extension educators, specialists, and administrators working with multi-stakeholder agendas.


Presentation Slides (.pdf)


Presenter Bio

Julie Fox OSUJulie M. Fox, Ph.D.
Phone:  740-289-2071 x 225

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie Fox serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.  Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.