Erica Mattison, MPA, JD — Executive Director
Erica grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. Heavily influenced by her parents’ activism in support of local greenspace, she became a community activist from a young age, organizing park cleanups and advocating for environmentally friendly practices at her school. She studied psychology in the Commonwealth College Honors Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (’03), obtained a Masters in Public Administration and later a Law Degree from Suffolk University in Boston, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2013.
Erica worked at Suffolk University for seven years where she created and led an award-winning sustainability program. She later served as the Legislative Director at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, a non-profit advocacy organization. She earned a reputation as a leading environmental protection lobbyist, regularly partnering with legislators and advocates to advance policies that protect public health, fight climate change, protect open space, and improve quality of life.
In Boston, Erica was an active contributor to groups focused on creating safer streets, like the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition. In 2015, she was named Volunteer of the Year for Greater Ashmont Main Street, part of the Main Streets America network. For the past few years, Erica chaired the Beautification & Public Spaces Committee, where she focused on opportunities to create a clean, green, vibrant community. Dancing, bicycling, cooking, exploring, and enjoying nature are a few of Erica’s favorite activities.
Tim Batog — Projects & Volunteer Coordinator
Tim received his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and brings more than ten years of landscape improvement experience to Depave. An all-around plant nerd, Tim has spent the last few years managing nurseries and private landscapes for clients and volunteering with Depave and various other local nonprofits. He is responsible for coordinating depaving projects and engaging with Depave’s incredible volunteers. When he is not engaged in constructive deconstruction, Tim likes to hike, garden, and tend his small flock of backyard chickens. Contact Tim
Eric Rosewall — The Builder
After earning his degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eric joined the crew in 2009 to help complete Depave’s first project. Until 2017 he co-developed Depave; building it into a fully-functioning organization and an internationally recognized model for community engagement in urban greening. As Executive Director, Eric oversaw the organization’s annual portfolio of projects, completing nearly 60 greenspaces in his time leading Depave. Contact Eric
Board of Directors
Lisa Huntington – President
Lisa, born and raised in southeast Michigan, ventured out the Pacific Northwest in 2012. She is currently working for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. Her professional experience as a water resources engineer includes watershed management, river engineering and sustainable stormwater management design. While looking for work in Portland, Lisa joined Depave to make a positive difference in the health of the community’s watersheds and has since realized that the group’s mission goes well beyond environmental benefits. As a graduate of Michigan State University, she spends lots of time watching college basketball (Go Green!) and enjoys knitting, hiking and a good IPA. Contact Lisa
Chelsea White-Brainard – Vice President
Chelsea is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Portland since 2004. She graduated in 2010 from Portland State University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish and a minor in Geography. After valuable internships with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Oregon Environmental Council, Chelsea worked for the City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services and the Clackamas River Basin Council to improve watershed health. Chelsea currently works with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, engaging rural landowners in conservation. Chelsea loves finding and implementing innovative solutions to minimize the impacts of development on our waterways and is excited to work with Depave to this end. Contact Chelsea
Steve Dukes – Treasurer (**New Board Member as of March 2018!**)
Steve was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is a veteran, writer, producer, and entertainer. For over 10 years, he was a small business owner and has been an actor for almost as long. Since moving to Portland in 2016 he built a presence in the Portland comedy community as an improviser and host, while also contributing time to nonprofit organizations such as the Community Cycling Center. Steve recently founded a nonprofit called Art for Art, which uses proceeds from the sale of artwork to support the creation of more art. When he is not on stage or in front of a camera, Steve can be found watching a good improv show or roaming around a local park enjoying the beautiful Oregon rain. Steve is expected to rip up pavement, meet a bunch of great people, and learn about native plants. Contact Steve
Teresa Huntsinger – Secretary
Teresa is an environmental professional with more than 15 years of nonprofit experience working at the Coalition for a Livable Future and Oregon Environmental Council. She followed her passion for urban water resources and green design by pursuing an environmental engineering masters degree at Portland State University and currently works as a Water Resources Designer at Otak, Inc. She has served on the board of Johnson Creek Watershed Council and she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Teresa joined the Depave board in November 2015. Contact Teresa
A self-proclaimed stormwater geek, Danny has worked as a stormwater professional for the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services for over 10 years. Prior to his stint with the city, Danny worked in the private sector on stream, wetland and natural area restoration projects. Danny first connected with Depave through his work with the city, and is excited to further his local impact serving on the board of directors. Raised in the Portland area (go Blazers!) with Minnesota roots (Skol Vikings!), Danny likes to spend his free time with his family hiking and camping and enjoying the outdoors. Contact Danny
Cooper has been volunteering with Depave since he tore up his first asphalt at the SE Uplift offices in 2010. Since then he has continued to get dirty at as many projects as possible while trying to manage more and break his back less. Cooper arrived in Portland in 2008 from Cambridge, MA where he primarily worked for small to medium-sized tech firms. He currently works as a Compliance Analyst at Jama Software. A Geology major with an Environmental Studies minor from Colgate University (NY) who needs outlets for his passion for conservation and clean energy. Find Cooper on Twitter or Contact Cooper
Kasandra launched Depave with Arif Khan (see Depave Alumni) in 2007-8, and then took a two-year sabbatical while she earned a Masters in Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. She returned in the fall of 2011 and has served on the Board ever since, first as Treasurer, then as Vice President, now as an “at large” member. Kasandra is the Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center, which works to broaden access to bicycling. In the year 2000, she and Arif and some other friends did their first depaving project, when they tore down a dilapidated garage in her backyard and jack hammered the foundation; the garden that has been there ever since produces lots of asparagus, kale, tomatoes and dahlias. Contact Kasandra
Ted is a habitat biologist who works on land use policy and fish and wildlife conservation. He has worked for Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations, as well as Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife. Ted is a native Oregonian and enjoys running wild rivers, backpacking, trail running, gardening, botanizing, and destroying pavement. He has witnessed first-hand the devastating impacts of stormwater on downstream aquatic habitats. He has been instrumental in permitting projects, raingarden design, grant-writing, organizing volunteers and working with contractors. Ted heads up Depave’s policy working group. Contact Ted
Jean is a Health Educator at Multnomah County Environmental Health Services. Her education is in Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health. She has experience working with various diverse non-profit advocacy community groups such as Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon where she found her passion for social justice and environmental justice. She has high hopes to work through different avenues to achieve equity for all members of society through a human-centered design lens. During her free time, she enjoys climbing, experimenting with food, and is a map enthusiast. Contact Jean
Quisa Reyes (**New Board Member as of March 2018!**)
Quisa grew up in El Paso, Texas and studied architecture at University of Texas at San Antonio. She moved to Portland in 2013 to attend the Masters Program in Architecture at the University of Oregon, known for its focus on urban design and sustainability. It was during architecture school that she learned about the negative impacts of impervious surfaces such as the urban heat island effect and increased flooding in communities. She found out about Depave through word of mouth and wanted to get involved to make a difference. In 2017 she became a Crew Leader and is excited to help spread the word about the benefits of depaving. In her spare time, Quisa enjoys long walks with her dogs, yoga, good beer, and biking around the city.
Carlos Nuñez (**New Board Member as of March 2018!**)
Carlos Nuñez was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Portland at age 14. Carlos attended Eastern Michigan University on a swimming scholarship, where he majored in business and minored in French literature. As he says, “Six years were enough to realize my heart lies in the Pacific Northwest!’ Carlos works at his family’s business OCIN as a Court Interpreter, where he helps people communicate in Spanish and English. “I found Depave through Service Portland and I fell in love with breaking asphalt and seeing a finished product.” In addition to his involvement with Depave, Carlos serves as Head Coach for the Washington County Special Olympics and is a board member for Cultural Coalition of Washington County. Carlos is also working on starting a paddle boat rental business called “What’s up Yonder.” Contact Carlos
Arif Khan — The Founder
Arif founded Depave in 2007. He has a combined Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and engineering and a masters’ degree in urban and regional planning. His professional experience has included stints as a workplace safety consultant, bicycle and pedestrian transportation planner, and most recently as a project coordinator for disaster relief programs around the world. He became obsessed with depaving after moving into a home in northeast Portland in 2001 which had a back yard that was completely paved over. Attracted to the opportunity for destruction, he looked at this as a wonderful way to transform a dead space designed for car storage into an urban oasis filled with herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruits, and native plants. Now, he harvests figs, plums, apples, persimmons, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and various vegetables and herbs from his old driveway.