Hello from the new Executive Director

Jay standing in front of EMSWCD offices

I am very excited as I begin my first week as the Executive Director of the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). With a great staff, supportive board, helpful partners and a motivated public, we are ready to build on our successful track record to make a big difference in the lives of people living in the district.

During my career, I’ve had the pleasure of helping protect land and water at local, national, regional and global levels. As such, I know the positive results that local organizations like EMSWCD can have in restoring and protecting natural resources. I look forward to helping the EMSWCD achieve its conservation goals from the eastern reaches of Multnomah County to the Willamette River, a beautiful part of the world. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have. I can be reached at jay@emswcd.org or (503) 935-5352.


Jay became the Executive Director (ED) of EMSWCD in May 2014. As the ED, Jay oversees all district operations, including supervising staff, managing budgets, developing long range plans, representing the district to the public and partner organizations, and providing information, advice, and support to the Board of Directors and the staff. Prior to joining the EMSWCD, Jay worked in parts of Africa, Central America, North America and Southeast Asia, helping protect and restore fish, wildlife and natural resources on land, in freshwater areas, and in the ocean. Jay holds a Master of Environmental Policy from the University of Denver, Colorado, and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. To see Jay’s full bio, click here.