Board of Directors
Virginia Borcherdt—Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Sustainable Business and Innovation, Nike
Virginia brings eight years of sustainability experience in both the non-profit and private sector to Crag’s Board of Directors. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Portland State University while working in corporate responsibility and sustainable innovation. Before moving to Portland in 2012, Virginia worked for the Carbon War Room in Washington D.C., a non-profit dedicated to mitigating climate change through systems-level change in transportation, agriculture, clean tech, and other industry sectors. Virginia has also worked for a national extended producer recycling program, an international conservation organization, and an environmental non-profit that partners with the music industry where she spent almost a year on the road educating concert goers and musicians on local, national, and international environmental issues. In her spare time, Virginia loves to rock climb, surf, hike, and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Lori Ann Burd—Environmental Health Program Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
Lori Ann works at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she devotes her days to fighting the good fight on behalf of imperiled species and their habitats. She first joined Crag’s board as a student at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she also gained legal experience working for the Xerces Society, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Metro, and Earthrise. After law school Lori Ann worked as Staff Attorney and Restore Mt. Hood Campaign Manager at Bark, protecting forests, waters, and wildlife, and then as a contract attorney for the Center for Food Safety, Center for Biological Diversity, and National Wildlife Federation, where she focused on genetic engineering and pesticide use in agriculture, tar sands pipelines, and mountain-top removal coal mining. Lori Ann has extensive media, public speaking, organizing, and coalition-building experience. She loves to spend her weekends exploring the wildlands surrounding Portland and is passionate about the great work Crag does.
Serin Bussell—Management Analyst, Metro
Serin is a Management Analyst at Metro. She formerly worked as the Grants and Contracts Assistant for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Serin received a Masters in Geology from Portland State University and later worked as a geologist for the State of Oregon, where she primarily focused on landslide hazard mapping. Later, Serin accepted a position managing the operations of a national trade association for geologists and simultaneously began volunteering weekly in the Crag development office. As a result of her volunteer service, she became an ardent supporter Crag. Serin has experience in nonprofit management, event planning, and fundraising. When not at work, Serin can often be found spending her spare time at the dog park with her border collie mix, Soda, or fishing, climbing, camping, and traveling around the Pacific Northwest.
Aurora del Val—Life and Garden Coach and Owner, Althea Coaching
Aurora lives in Cascade Locks, Oregon where she is a life and garden coach as the owner of Althea Coaching. Certified both as a CTI Co-Active Professional Coach and as an Oregon State University Extension Metro Master Gardener, Aurora serves as a community educator and volunteer dedicated to sustainable gardening practices. Formerly, she was the Campaign Director for Local Water Alliance, a bipartisan community group made up of Hood River County residents working to protect their local water supply from bottled water operations. Aurora is the newly elected President of Hood River’s Rockford Grange. As President of the Rockford Grange, she works with local farmers and community members to promote sustainable farming practices, build community resilience, and increase awareness of issues affecting the agricultural community, such as immigration reform, pesticide use, and water security. In addition to her passion for gardening, Aurora enjoys writing, hiking, dancing, and sailing with her husband and dog in the Columbia River Gorge.
Brian Litmans—Senior Staff Attorney, Trustees for Alaska
Brian Litmans is a senior staff attorney with Trustees for Alaska, a non-profit environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Brian graduated from Lewis and Clark in 2001 and worked as a solo practitioner for six years with an environmental law practice that focused predominately on natural resource and endangered species matters prior to working at Trustees for Alaska. Brian has been on the Crag Law Center’s Board since its inception, and brings a diverse background of government and non-profit environmental work experience. He has worked in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Regional Solicitor’s Office for the Department of the Interior and Portland’s Metro Regional Government. He has also worked and volunteered with a number of environmental organizations, from Portland to D.C. to Geneva, Switzerland, including the Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation, the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition, the Sierra Club, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center.
Gary Kish—Director of Development, Oregon Humane Society
For the past 12 years Gary has been the Director of Development of the Oregon Humane Society. During that time he has implemented a diverse array of programs including a highly successful planned giving program. In that regard, he is very proud of his work to get two state laws passed that facilitate including pets in estate plans. He has also used direct mail, monthly giving and a retail store to provide OHS with a greatly increased and stabilized private donation base. Since starting with OHS, he has raised its supporters from 2,500 contributors to 42,000 and grown the revenue budget by a factor of eight to $4.2 million.
As a volunteer, Gary serves on Oregon Wild’s Development Committee. He is also Chair of the Mazamas Fundraising Committee and a member of the Mazamas Facility Task Force. Mr. Kish also provides fund-raising advice to other conservation organizations including the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, the Oregon Natural Desert Association and The Crag Law Center. Gary has strong personal interests in native fish conservation, forest preservation and mountaineering.
Charlie practices law in Bend, Oregon and previously served as a Senator in the Oregon State Legislature. Charlie grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and enjoys hiking, climbing and skiing in the Cascade mountains with his family. Charlie served in the US Air Force after graduating from the Air Force Academy with a Bachelor in Science. He obtained an MBA from Boston University and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. In the past, Charlie has volunteered with the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Meals on Wheels, Oregon Literacy Project and St. Mathew’s Legal Clinic. While in the legislature Charlie worked to obtain stable funding for K-12 and opposed cuts to schools. He sponsored a bill to require financial audits of school districts to get more money into the classroom. He supported early education programs such as Head Start to help kids start school ready to learn and he led the fight to protect our clean air and water, and hold polluters accountable for their toxic mess. He is excited to help guide the Crag Law Center as a director.