Michael Royce, Founder
Michael Royce is a social justice activist, attorney, energy consultant, writer and nonprofit executive. Mr. Royce was a trial lawyer from 1979-1995 with the firm of Royce, Swanson, Thomas, and Coon. He founded Green Empowerment with others in 1997 and served as Executive Director from 1997 until July, 2006, and later served as Chair of the Board. He has led or participated in human rights delegations to El Salvador and Nicaragua and participated in international development projects in several other countries around the world.
Linda Boise, Chairwoman
Linda Boise is a health planner, educator, advocate, and researcher who has worked in community service and health programs for the over 35 years. Over the past twenty years, in her role as director of education at the OHSU Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, she has studied how health care is delivered for persons with dementia and their families and has developed and evaluated model primary care programs. Linda’s volunteer service with Green Empowerment began in 2009 when she led a fundraising campaign to support building a solar water system in a village in Nicaragua. In 2013, she led a task force to develop recommendations for incorporating health outcomes assessment into Green Empowerment’s energy and water projects.
Ben Vitale, Treasurer
Ben Vitale is a carbon market expert and an experienced executive, with over 20 years of executive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Before joining The Climate Trust as President, Ben served as Managing Director of the Conservation and Community Carbon Fund at Conservation International (CI), where he worked with the private sector to develop climate change solutions and new financial instruments that create business value and achieve measurable climate change results. He supported the development of conservation carbon projects in biodiversity hotspots around the world including Ecuador, China, and Brazil. Ben has served as an adviser for Ecosystem Marketplace, the Chicago Climate Exchange, and Patagonia Sur, among others.
Francie Royce, Secretary
Francie Royce spent over 23 years with the City of Portland in various positions from City Planner, Annexation Coordinator to Project Manager focusing on alternative transportation programs and policy development. She is also a founding member of both the Portland-Corinto Sister City Association and the npGreenway, a trail advocacy group. Since leaving regular employment she has been delighted to have some freelance travel articles published and to contract as an event coordinator for a non-profit.
Susan A. Stone
Susan Stone has worked with Conservation International (CI) since 2000. She is currently Senior Director for Business Development and Special Initiatives within the Policy Center for Environment and Peace. Her work has focused on social policy and practice, including CI’s commitment to a Rights-based Approach to conservation, working with CI’s country programs to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities are respected in all of CI’s work. Her professional background also includes two years of service with the U.S. Peace Corps’ Small Business Development Program in Romania, as well as 15 years in organizational and financial management in the private sector. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Marc is a green building and sustainable business leader with a passion for bringing together disparate stakeholders and bridging industry divides to find profitable and innovative ways to use business for environmental and social benefit. Marc has been a staff leader at the U.S. Green Building Council for much of the last 10 years, helping to grow the organization from a small start up non-profit to the global movement that the organization represents today. Marc also spent two years as Vice President and Sustainability Manager at Bank of America where he was responsible for green leasing and LEED for Existing Building programs on a 120 million square foot real estate portfolio.
Kathy Fry lived for 25 years in the South Pacific working with community development NGOs, including the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International and Counterpart International. She has a masters degree in International Management and Administration from the School for International Training and is currently working at Mercy Corps as the Regional Program Director for Latin America. Kathy’s experience in program development and evaluation, as well as institutional fundraising has been a great help to Green Empowerment.
Peter Murchie has worked internationally and nationally for over 25 years using collaborative governance approaches to solve environmental health issues. He has been part of the Green Empowerment family for over 5 years. Peter lives outside of Seattle and presently works to protect and recover large estuaries in the Pacific Northwest.
Eli owns a small renewable energy and management consulting company: Green Lightning Consulting, LLC. He is promoting Oregon tax reform centered on taxing the carbon content of fossil fuels and is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Portland. Eli’s specialties– research, writing, financial analysis, and energy economics and policy — enable him to develop and compare alternative approaches to economics and energy policy.
Michael has over 12 years of renewable energy, project development, project finance and environmental policy experience. He has direct, hands-on experience with the acquisition, development, design, financing and construction of over 8,000 MW of distributed and utility-scale solar and wind projects in the United States, Canada and Europe, including the first utility-scale solar PV project in Canada and the first wind farm in Idaho.
Erick Petersen is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Demand Energy a leader in the rapidly emerging market for energy storage. Prior to joining Demand Energy, Erick was part of the leadership team that turned around and built PV Powered to become the leading solar inverter company in North America. As their VP of Sales and Marketing, Erick led their dramatic growth in market share that led to the eventual acquisition by Advanced Energy in 2010. Before joining PV Powered and Advanced Energy, Erick spent 10 years at Planar Systems, where he built the business from zero to $100M in three years.