EMSWCD has a new Executive Director!

Photo headshot of Kelley Beamer

We are thrilled to announce the selection by the Board of Directors of our new Executive Director, Kelley Beamer!

Kelley Beamer served as the Executive Director at the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) for more than 10 years and will bring to East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) her experience in forging partnerships with diverse communities and advancing land conservation to protect farm and forest lands.

“We are excited to welcome Kelley as our new Executive Director,” says Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, EMSWCD Board Chair. “Her passion for place-based conservation aligns beautifully with the Board’s recently adopted Strategic Plan. Kelley will bring experience, great communication skills, and time-tested partnerships to the organization. We feel very fortunate to have found a home-grown leader who has worked with urban and rural communities across the state and in our district.”

Kelley began her conservation work in Oregon in 2006 as the Conservation Organizer for Friends of Columbia Gorge, where she organized public support for securing land and protecting the unique values of the Gorge. Before joining COLT Kelley served as the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the Cascadia Green Building Council, where she implemented state-wide public awareness and advocacy campaigns.

“It is an honor to step into the role of Executive Director for East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District,” said Kelley Beamer. “This District is leading the way in creating healthy habitats, supporting landowners in increasing soil health and opening access for our next generation of farmers. I’ve lived in East Multnomah County for 18 years and could not be more excited to join this talented team to advance its mission of helping people care for land and water.”

Kelley started work with EMSWCD on February 1st, 2024.

Please join us in welcoming Kelley to EMSWCD!