As the Co-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.
Nancy J. Hamilton
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.
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.
Lauren comes to Oregon Business for Climate with a passion for the environment and understanding how communities engage with it. Having graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Science Preprofessional minor, Lauren developed a holistic approach to thinking about how humans interact with their environments at both local and global scales, as well as the long-term impacts of these interactions. She continued her studies at the University of Denver, where she worked toward a Masters in Anthropology with an archaeology concentration.
Lauren has worked in a number of diverse settings, including serving as Assistant Geophysics Specialist at New South Associates, Inc. in North Carolina, and as a Local Marketing Manager and later Associate Brand Manager for two breweries in the Craft Brew Alliance portfolio. She is excited to bring her science and anthropology background, marketing skills, and partnership management experience to her role as manager of Member Services with Oregon Business for Climate.
While relatively new to the Pacific Northwest, Lauren is an outdoor enthusiast that has fallen in love with the diverse landscapes and communities that make up the state of Oregon. She is eager to be a part of Oregon Business for Climate’s mission of mobilizing industry support and business leadership toward advancing climate policy while strengthening Oregon’s economy.