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Morgan Bechtold-Enge

Operations Administrator

Morgan joined our team as our Climate Organizer for the 2019 Long Session. She is originally from Southern Oregon, where she graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies in 2017. During her time at SOU, she was a heavily involved student with OSPIRG students, a student-run nonprofit organization that taught her about climate organizing. After graduating she became a Campus Organizer with OSPIRG students and trained new organizers how to make a difference on issues they cared about. A few things that she likes to do in her spare time include; exploring new hiking spots with her family, spending time in the kitchen cheffing up a delicious meal for friends and family, and when the weather is right, learning new hula hooping tricks.

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April Christenson

Development Director

April joined OLCV in September of 2015 as Communications Coordinator before later transitioning into her current role of Development Associate. Prior to joining OLCV, she was the Marketing Specialist for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska in her hometown of Omaha, Neb. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In her free time, she enjoys trail running and hiking, trying new recipes, cuddling her two cats, and exploring Oregon’s beautiful places with her husband.

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Julia DeGraw

Coalition Director

Julia joined the OLCV staff in July 2020. She’s spent her 16 year career working in the environmental nonprofit sector including a yearlong field school for environmental organizing called Green Corps in 2005. From there she worked briefly at Oregon Wild, then Cascade Forest Conservancy, and then spent nearly a decade as the Northwest Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch. While at Food & Water Watch she led the decade-long campaign to stop Nestle from bottling public water in the Columbia River Gorge. The campaign was victorious and led every other Northwest community Nestle approached to say no to Nestle as well. Julia ran strong campaigns for Portland City Council in 2018 and in 2020 on a system change platform. She most recently worked at Portland Forward on municipal level policy and advocacy work. She was born and raised in Oregon and after five years away from home for college and Green Corps, she knew that Oregon was her home and there’s nowhere else she’d rather be. Outside of work Julia loves reading science fiction, watching documentaries with her sweetie, spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking and eating really good food, and snuggling Hot Dog the cat.

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Doug Moore

Executive Director

Doug joined the OLCV staff in December 2011 after more than eight years on Capitol Hill, where he held senior positions with two Members of Congress, including serving as Chief of Staff for former Representative Jim Marshall. Doug has an extensive background in electoral politics ranging from grassroots organizing to managing multi-million dollar campaigns. He’s worked on both statewide and congressional levels and has won several competitive races. In 2006, Doug’s management of Representative Jim Marshall’s campaign won praise from the Washington Post’s political column, “The Fix”, which called the campaign one of the ten best incumbent campaigns of the cycle. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Doug’s interest in conservation began at a young age while swimming near the steel mills along the Lake Michigan shore. He is a voracious reader and also enjoys hiking, rafting, and spending time outdoors.

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Lindsey Scholten

Political Director


Lindsey joined OLCV as the Political Director in 2014. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Lindsey got her start on political campaigns as part of the field team on US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s primary election in 2011. Just prior to joining OLCV, she served as campaign manager for one of OLCV’s continuing champions, Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey. She has spent most of her life in Oregon, enjoying the beautiful landscapes that our state has to offer – those along the Oregon Coast in particular. Given any spare time, Lindsey will be running round Portland, catching up with friends, escaping to the Coast, adventuring at home or abroad, and generally finding any reason to be outside.

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Britney VanCitters

Organizing Manager

Britney joined OLCV in February 2020 during endorsement season and just as the short session was coming to a close. She spent the last year working as a bank teller in Seattle, but has a background in nonprofit environmental advocacy. Britney graduated from University of Oregon in 2014 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. In college she learned about climate change for the first time, and decided to seek a career spreading knowledge and awareness of environmental issues and the social impacts attached to them. Her first job out of college was as a community organizer with Clean Water Action near her home in the Bay Area, CA. She then moved to Portland where she began canvassing on behalf of Environment Oregon in 2015. She has worked on campaigns from protecting Crater Lake to saving the bees to banning polystyrene to closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act to solar energy incentives. During her final summer at Environment Oregon, Britney’s campaign office was the highest grossing in the country within their organization. After a short break from nonprofits, Britney is back pursuing her passion to protect our environment. Some of Britney’s favorite things include Miyazaki films, The Office, Spongebob, Harry Potter, coloring, and exploring Oregon with her partner and dog!

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Francesca Varela

Communications Coordinator


Francesca joined OLCV in June 2018 as the Digital Coordinator. In 2015 she received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and in 2018 she received her M.A. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Before coming to OLCV, Francesca worked as an intern with Nearby Nature, Oregon Wild, HEAL Utah, and the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club. She is also the author of three environmentally-themed novels– Call of the Sun Child, Listen, and The Seas of Distant Stars. Francesca grew up playing in the forests of Oregon, and she is passionate about protecting the natural world. In her free time she enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including hiking, yoga, figure skating, playing piano, identifying wild plants, and generally staying active in the outdoors.

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Nichole Wenzel

Climate Organizer

Nichole joined OLCV as our Climate Organizer in February 2020. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon she developed her love for wildlife and wild spaces from a very young age that followed her into adulthood. She graduated from Portland State University with her B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2018, where she was the Volunteer Coordinator for the PSU Student Sustainability Center throughout her last year. During her time at PSU she was actively involved in various environmentally related clubs as coordinator, a member of three different fellowships with Student Activities, Leadership Programs, and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, as well as volunteering her time with the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN). After graduating, she continued her volunteer work with OLCV and Renew Oregon. In her spare time, Nichole enjoys the quieter activities, from kayaking, snowboarding, exploring, gardening, reading, painting, and admiring the sky.

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Tanya Zarling

Engagement Organizer

Tanya joined OLCV in the summer of 2018 after graduating from Portland State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She moved to Portland from the midwest in 2014 to surround herself with the tranquility of the forests, oceans, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and was inspired to help protect Oregon’s natural beauty. Before OLCV, Tanya was an intern with the nonprofit Green Empowerment, where she became interested in the dynamic and engaging work in the environmental nonprofit field. Outside of work, she enjoys working on her project to help teach Lao youth English, hiking with her dog, playing the ukulele, and snowboarding.