Staff

Caitlyn Pic_EDITEDAndrea Johnson

Executive Director
Andrea is a passionate, versatile leader with diverse management experience and a background in international development and energy efficiency program implementation. She is a strong believer in Green Empowerment’s mission and approach. As the Executive Director, Andrea is charged with leading fundraising efforts, supporting staff on program execution, managing operations and cultivating diverse partnerships.


Caitlyn Pic_EDITEDCaitlyn Peake

Latin America Regional Director
Caitlyn joined Green Empowerment in 2009 as a Program Fellow in Nicaragua, where she expanded our projects and her role. As the Latin America Regional Director, she supports our Latin America Team and partner NGOs to develop, coordinate, implement and sustainably expand new and existing projects. She is passionate about improved cookstoves and improving livelihood opportunities.


Gabe Pic_EDITEDGabriel Sundoro Wynn

Asia Regional Director
Gabriel is a renewable energy practitioner developing decentralized clean energy systems in Southeast Asia that are integrated with watershed conservation and rural water supply. As a Program Manager with Green Empowerment in Southeast Asia, he works closely with indigenous community groups seeking energy security and livelihoods that support a conservation vision.


Johanna Veloz

Ecuador Program Coordinator
After studying management and leadership, Johanna completed a Master’s in Rural Territorial Development in Facultad Latinoamerica de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO. After college she started to working in governmental organizations dealing with issues of agroecology and food sovereignty, women social justice issues. Before Green Empowerment, Johanna participated in a project at the United Nations for conservation the protect areas, working with some the communities in the amazon and coast region with productivity projects.


Koto Kishida

Program Manager in Malaysia 
Koto joined Green Empowerment in 2017. She supports our local partners, TONIBUNG and PACOS Trust, in implementing renewable energy projects and identifies new opportunities to bring sustainable agriculture and economic development to the region. Before Green Empowerment, she volunteered to develop a watershed monitoring program in Malaysia while on sabbatical from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.


Kristen Grauer

Development Manager 
Kristen Grauer joined the Green Empowerment team in early 2018. As Development Manager, she leads the organization’s event-based fundraising efforts, donor stewardship activities and external communications strategy. She is deeply connected to Portland’s nonprofit community, but is most passionate about international development work. She has a B.A. in international studies from Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on Latin American social and political history and international human rights institutions.


Maria Espinoza

Nicaragua Program Coordinator
Maria has extensive experience in rural sector microfinance in Nicaragua and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. As our Program Fellow in Nicaragua, Maria supports the development and management of projects with our local partners including our revolving loan funds. Maria is excited to join the Green Empowerment team and continue supporting development in rural Nicaragua.


Maria “Gigi” Lourdes Arroyo Gigi Pic

Philippines Finance and Administration Manager
Gigi brings more than twenty years of experience in financial management, human resource administration and risk management to the team. She joined Green Empowerment in 2015 because she liked the idea of working for a non-profit organization and being able to focus on one program.


Martin Olza

Operations Manager
Martin has served as Green Empowerment Operations Manager since 2015, ensuring that day-to-day activities run smoothly and efficiently. In 2018, he expanded his role by joining the Service-Learning leadership team, managing group trips. With a background in cultural anthropology and international community development, Martin participated in project evaluations and field work in Latin America and Spain before joining our team.


Sam Pic_EDITEDSam Schlesinger

Ecuador Program Manager
Having spent several years organizing community development projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Ecuador in partnership with local NGO’s, community organizations, and universities, Sam brings experience in clean water and renewable energy systems, training programs, and rural logistics to the management and expansion of Green Empowerment’s Ecuadorian projects.