MEET OUR TEAM
Oregon's Business Alliance for Climate Chair & Staff Team
Owner and President, Neil Kelly Company
Tom is the president of Neil Kelly Company, a residential design-build remodeling and new home general contractor founded by his father in 1947. The company employs 200 people with locations in Portland, Bend, Eugene, Lake Oswego, and Seattle. Tom previously served as Chair of the Portland Development Commission.
He's been active in leadership positions for both trade and civic organizations throughout his career. Neil Kelly Co. is proud to have developed and to occupy the first LEED-certified building in the Western United States (the company’s Lake Oswego center), and to have built the first LEED certified home in the west. Neil Kelly Cabinets is the first supplier to offer a DECLARE labeled collection – spotlighting sustainably sourced materials including Oregon Juniper. The company earned a B-Corp certification in December of 2013 and was registered as a State of Oregon Benefit Corporation on January 1st, 2014 – Oregon’s first official day for such recognition.
Tom’s previously served as the Co-convener of the Oregon Solutions Task Force for Vernonia Schools, as Chair of the Advisory Group for Metro East Habitat for Humanity, as a member of the Children’s Museum Advisory Board, on the Portland Downtown Rotary Foundation Board, as a Board member for Sustainable NW Wood, and as Board Chair of Portland Meals on Wheels. He continues to serve on the Neil Kelly Meals on Wheels delivery team – delivering meals to N / NE neighbors of the company’s headquarters for many years.
As the Acting Director of the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate Steve brings 15 years of management, strategic consulting and business development experience working in environmental markets, sustainability, international business and entrepreneurial ventures both in the private and NGO sectors.
Steve also serves as the North American Managing Director for NatureBank, where he manages project origination, commercial engagements, and strategic partnerships for the AB 32 market, international forest conservation, agroforestry and emerging ecosystem markets.
Prior to joining NatureBank, Steve was Head of New Markets and Senior Manager of Global Consulting services for EcoSecurities, one of the largest developers of emission reduction projects for the global carbon markets. While at EcoSecurities, Steve managed business development, corporate strategy, and marketing for voluntary and pre-compliance carbon markets and successfully built a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients, commercial partners, and new products within the international carbon markets.
Prior to joining EcoSecurities, Steve worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment branch of the World Bank. While at the IFC, Steve helped launch the Grassroots Business Initiative which provides financing, technical assistance, and export marketing services to social enterprises throughout the developing world. Before joining the IFC, Steve lived and worked in Vietnam as the Commercial Director for a mass-market manufacturer of natural fiber products, principally for IKEA. Steve’s international work experience includes SouthEast Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Steve holds a BA from Georgetown University and serves on the board of Adaptive Sports NW and the advisory board for One Energy.
Carpe Verbum Communications,
Communications & Member Services
Gina Williams is a communications professional with many years of experience working with nonprofit business organizations. She previously worked as public affairs director for Oregon Business Association, as a marketing specialist for Riverview Community Bank, served as communications & public Affairs Director for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and was a public information officer for Educational Services District 112.
Her role at Oregon Business Alliance for Climate is managing the development and implementation of communications strategy for the Alliance, as well as the organization’s external communications and media relations efforts. She is also responsible for ensuring the quality of Alliance communications with members and stakeholders
Gina is a Pacific Northwest native and graduated from Sherwood High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in strategic communication from the University of Oregon.
She believes in the power of collaborative, bipartisan endeavors and is happy to put her skills to work on behalf of the Alliance in support of ensuring that Oregon maintains its position as a leader and economic hub of renewable energy and clean technology innovation.
Nancy J. Hamilton
Nancy Hamilton Consulting, Co-Director
Extensive management and negotiation skills make Nancy Hamilton a natural when it comes to strategic planning while in the public eye and under deadline pressure.
A skilled negotiator and effective communicator, Nancy has consistently rallied interest groups in support of shared goals throughout her career. She has extensive management and communications experience in government, marketing, not- for-profit, and private sectors.
Nancy brings deep relationships across a diverse cross-section of stakeholders in the Portland Metro area and across Oregon, developed over the last decade while moving from her work as Chief of Staff to Portland Mayor Tom Potter, to her focus on workforce and economic development for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. She is known for her ability to bring diverse groups together and get things done.
Since starting her own MWESB-certified consulting firm in 2012, Nancy has had the great honor of working with a host of clients in pursuit of important work, focused on public process efforts, government affairs, media relations, communications, and economic development programs. She is very excited to be helping launch the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate in that capacity.