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About Us

We are a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides academic scholarships to students in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska pursuing advanced studies in renewable energy. Study areas may include biomass, geothermal, wind, solar etc., as well as related areas such as public policy and other social sciences.

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Board of Directors


David Reingold


Dave Reingold has a bachelors from Dartmouth College and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He taught organic chemistry at Haverford, Middlebury, Lewis & Clark, and Juniata Colleges, and recently retired to Portland. He has served as a national officer in the Council on Undergraduate Research and as a local officer in three different sections of the American Chemical Society. Dave's website.



Rob Morton

Rob Morton co-founded Cascade Energy in 1993. Since that time, he has served on Cascade’s board and leadership team with the vision of making industry energy efficient.  His role has encompassed engineering, program design, energy management, and company strategy. Before entering energy efficiency, he worked for Lockheed where he focused on spacecraft thermal analysis. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and lives in Portland, Oregon.



Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris joined Schneider Electric North America in 2019 and is Senior Director of State Government Relations. Prior to that, Jeff worked in cleantech commercialization through his own business, Energy Horizon Corporation, as Director of Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative, and 23 years as a Washington State Representative. He recently completed six years as a USDOE OE Electricity Advisor and is an Associate member of the Gridwise Architect Council.   While a legislator, he was named one of the most Tech Savvy Legislators in the United States by Governing Magazine, was Chair or Leader in several legislative associations and his public/private energy policy work recognized by the Canadian Government.  Morris co-founded the Northwest Energy Angels now called Element 8 in 2005 and created the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute that has trained over 300 state and local policymakers in Energy 101.


Erica Valli

Erica Valli is a transactional attorney with experience in the renewables sector.  As a native Oregonian, she returned to Portland a few years ago and has been working for Stoel Rives LLP, participating in its Environment and Natural Resources practice. Prior to that she lived and worked in London for over ten years. She has a degree from UC-San Diego and studied at the London School of Economics before attending law school in the UK.


Bryce Yonker

As the executive director & CEO for Grid Forward Bryce leads strategic development, industry engagement, programs and operations. He was a founder and original board member of the organization dating back to 2009. He is also the principal for EnerTec Development, a energy and tech consultancy and is an advisor to energy growth companies. Bryce previously served as the senior director of business development & strategy for Clean Edge, a leading clean tech market research and advisory firm and VP of membership for Technology Association of Oregon. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and an international MBA from IE in Spain. In his spare time, Bryce enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and being in the NW outdoors especially with a fly-rod in hand


Marc Rappaport, Founder

Marc Rappaport has been involved in renewable energy for over forty years. He served as the founding president and a charter member of the Oregon Solar Energy Association in 1971. In 1972, he invented the geothermal-solar hybrid system, for which he was later awarded the basic patent. During the same period, Marc engineered and developed the business plan for what is now Biomass One, L.P. He served as a founder, general partner and managing partner of this 30 mW biomass plant in Medford, Oregon which has been in commercial operation for the past 26 years. He  holds the honor of being the only American asked to present at the Sustainability of the Planet conference in Stockholm, Sweden.


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Former Board Members

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Sandra Foltz


Richard Jaskiel


Leah Parks


Tom Ranken


Michelle Yockelson

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Selection Committee

               Alissa Bleem

Alissa holds engineering degrees from Montana State University and the University of Washington, and she has over a decade of research experience developing bio-based, sustainable alternatives to industrial chemicals. She currently leads waste valorization projects as a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the only federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. She is passionate about finding biological solutions to energy problems, and she is excited to help provide opportunities for a new generation of young researchers.

                 Mike Grainey

Mike Grainey was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy between 2002 and 2009, and led the State’s efforts to become one of the leading states in energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy.  He was Renewable Energy Advisor of the Oregon Business Development Department from 2009- 2014 where he promoted clean technology jobs and recruited renewable energy manufacturers. He is currently Principal of Michael W. Grainey Consulting, working on clean energy project finance and development, sustainability, energy policy and climate change.

                  Jeff Hammarlund

Jeff Hammarlund is an adjunct associate professor and senior research fellow at Portland State University.  He has served as an advisor to Presidents, Senators, and other national leaders on the smart grid and renewable energy, and played a major role in creating and securing federal funding for the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.  Previous positions include serving as a senior policy analyst and manager at a major Northwest utility trade association (Public Power Council), professional staff member with the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (where he had lead staff responsibility for renewable energy issues), policy analyst at the US Department of Energy, senior manager and policy advisor at Southern California Edison, and senior manager at several major energy consulting firms.

                Cathy Myers

Cathy Myers is the chief operating officer and executive vice president at SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management. She joined SSOE in July 2017 and brought with her 25+ years of expertise and a deep familiarity with the semiconductor industry. She previously held the position of Senior Vice President for CH2M’s Industrial and Advanced Technology Business Group with responsibility for the semiconductor market—overseeing $200 million in annual revenue. Most recently, Catherine had been the Director of Industry and Community Partnerships within the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at the University of Portland. In addition to serving on SSOE’s Board of Directors, Catherine also serves on the board for two local organizations in Portland, Oregon, where she resides and works.

                  Tracie Tran


Tracie is an engineer working in industrial energy efficiency at Cascade Energy out of their Portland, Oregon office. She has been in a project engineering role studying capital and O&M energy efficiency projects for BPA and Pacific Power customers and has also served as an Account Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon’s Custom Industrial program. Tracie has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and participated in the Industrial Assessment Center during her time at OSU.

                  Carl Wamser


Carl Wamser is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Portland State University.  He holds an Sc.B. degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Caltech, and he served on the faculty at California State University, Fullerton, as well as PSU.  His research focused on solar energy conversion, in particular using porphyrins and related chlorophyll analogs to control energy transfer and electron transfer processes, a strategy sometimes called artificial photosynthesis.  He has engaged hundreds of students in research, from high school students and teachers to graduate students and postdocs.  He is passionate about providing the next generation the resources, inspiration, and a sense of urgency towards solving global issues, most especially the twin crises of climate change and social justice.

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