Depave Crew

 — Staff

Jim Labbe — Interim Executive Director

Jim Labbe was born and raised in Portland and has dedicated his career to protecting natural areas and expanding access to nature in the region. He served for thirteen years as the urban conservationist at the Audubon Society of Portland and has served on the board of directors of Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Friends of Gateway and the Wetlands Conservancy. He was involved in Depave’s very first activities in 2006 and had been a supporter and fan ever since. Contact Jim

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

Depave Alumni

Eric Rosewall — The Builder


— 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

Danny Kapsch – Secretary

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 Morrow – Treasurer

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, like here, he primarily worked for small to medium-sized tech firms. 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 Griffin

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 and now as Vice President.  She serves on Depave’s Executive, Fundraising, and Policy committees and has coordinated our recent board retreats and recruiting processes. 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 Labbe

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

 Teresa Hunstinger

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 is currently following her passion for urban water resources and green design by pursuing an environmental engineering masters degree at Portland State University. 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

 

Jean Sung

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

 

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.

Maren Murphy

Michelle Metzler

Tram Hoang

Maia Shwartz

Meghan Scanlon