Board of Directors
Lori Ann Burd—Environmental Health Director & SeniorAttorney, 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—Chief of Staff to Senator Jeff Golden
Serin is currently Chief of Staff to Senator Jeff Golden (D-Ashland), providing support to the Senator on legislative affairs and statewide environmental policy. Serin has over eight years of experience in campaign management, nonprofit management, and project management, and is passionate about supporting Crag in their strategic planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Serin received a Masters in Geology from Portland State University and later worked for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, where she primarily focused on landslide hazard mapping. She later completed an MBA at Willamette University, while working at Metro (Regional Government). Serin originally began volunteering with Crag in the Development office and quickly became a supporter and advocate for Crag. Serin is passionate about environmental conservation and making sure environmental policy works to actively undo past harm done to marginalized communities and leaves the world better than we found it. When not at work, Serin can be found at the dog park with her blue-heeler mix, Soda, or out climbing, camping, or traveling with her husband, Tom.
Aurora del Val— Retired Teacher & Community Organizer
After retiring from community college teaching, Aurora now lives in Cascade Locks, Oregon and was the Campaign Director for the Local Water Alliance, a bipartisan community group made up of Hood River County residents working to protect public water from large-scale bottled water operations. Aurora is an active Board member of Hood River’s Rockford Grange, which supports local organic farmers and community members to promote sustainable farming practices, build community resilience, and increase awareness of issues affecting the agricultural community, such as pesticide use and water security. In addition to her passion for growing food, Aurora enjoys writing, hiking, dancing, and sailing with her husband and dog in the Columbia River Gorge.
Chet Lee - Senior Engineer, Intel
Chet Lee holds Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He moved to Oregon in 1992 to work for the Intel Corporation, starting as a process engineer in semiconductor manufacturing. Since that time, he has managed engineering teams in semiconductor fabrication, systems failure analysis and analog power delivery, while working with diverse partners throughout the world.
A lifelong interest in the natural world led Chet to the Oregon Mycological Society, where he has served as board member, Vice President and an extended stint as culinary chairperson. He was additionally board member with Bark for seven years, acting as board chairperson for two of those years. He has instructed classes and seminars for the Mazamas, Lewis and Clark University and Oregon Department of Forestry in mountaineering, mycology and other outdoor skills.
Chet enjoys the diverse aspects of management and leadership — from making data-based decisions to gaining insights to the human condition. He brings the ability to distill complex situations to key components along with strong cultural awareness and deeply enjoys building capable, independent and nimble teams.
For enjoyment Chet relies upon his wife Sally and border collie Otto von Fuzipantz. Both outdoors recreation and cooking for friends top the fun list. Chet is at his happiest when these two merge – to visit natural areas, recognize available nutrition, and create a meal to share.
Erin Madden—Retired Environmental Attorney
Erin is an avid hiker, whitewater rafter and mushroom hunter who loves exploring Mt. Hood National Forest and the northern Oregon coast. She has lived in Portland for over 20 years, but her love of the outdoors was born in the woods and farm fields surrounding her childhood home in the suburbs of Kansas City. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and her Juris Doctor with a certificate in Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark Law School. Before law school, Erin worked as the Grassroots Organizer for Oregon Natural Resources Council (now Oregon Wild). She retired from her environmental law practice in 2015 after 11 years representing dozens of non-profit clients, as well as working as a contract attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe. In the past, she has served on boards and committees for the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Oregon Chapter Sierra Club, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Bark, and the Oregon State Bar Natural Resources Section. Currently, she volunteers as a “Hands On Owner” with People’s Food Cooperative. She has also volunteered internationally with San Pancho Bird Observatory (Mexico) and Latin American Sea Turtles (Costa Rica), allowing her to combine her passion for environmental change with her insatiable love of world travel. She has visited 28 countries on six continents.
Courtney Rae—Community Organizer, Bark
Courtney is the Associate Director at Bark, the Portland-based watchdog group for Mt. Hood National Forest, working to engage all communities in Portland in the push for climate smart, culturally responsive management of the public lands. She brings 10+ years of experience in environmental management and advocacy, from working on neighborhood sustainability projects in Ithaca, NY to monitoring pipeline construction for FERC compliance in Nebraska and Indiana. Before coming to Bark, she worked with Columbia Riverkeeper to stop the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, with Environment Oregon to Ban the Bag, and with the Human Rights Campaign to protect marriage equality. She currently sits on the Board of Signal Fire Arts and on the Portland African American Leadership Forum’s Environmental Justice committee. When she’s not at work or in a committee meeting, she’s contributing to NXT LVL PDX, raising awareness and resources for social justice efforts by curating extra special dances parties to lift up WOC and QTPOC in Portland, OR. Courtney spends her weekends reading critical race theory, afro-futurist literature, and Rilke, camping with her dogs, or hopping a red-eye to confer with radical organizers from around the country.
Arla Jean Wood - Recruiter, Instrument
Arla Jean Wood is currently a Recruiter at Instrument, a digital brand and experience innovation company headquartered in Portland, with a small office in Brooklyn. Arla has embraced an inquisitive, meandering journey that has included working in veterinary medicine, the service industry, and over a decade at Portland’s world-renowned advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy. She’s remained curious and constantly sought out new ways to bring efficiencies to the workplace and build a stronger community amongst her colleagues. During her off time, Arla enjoys spending time with friends, summer vacations to mountain lakes, chilly winters on the coast, volunteering with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, cuddling her two adorable dogs, and puttering around her yard and garden with her husband.