Who We Are

Staff and board

John Talberth

President and Senior Economist

John is the founder of Center for Sustainable Economy and currently serves as both President and Senior Economist. John coordinates consulting work with non-profits, businesses, universities, and government agencies seeking environmental economics expertise and analysis to support their sustainability initiatives and programs. He also leads work on CSE’s Wild and Working Forests, Genuine Progress, and Green Infrastructure Programs.
Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham

Director, Climate Justice Program

Daphne Wysham directs Center for Sustainable Economy's Climate Justice Program. A former Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she worked for 20 years, Daphne has worked since the mid-1990s on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate justice and sustainable economies.

Anthony Rogers-Wright

Board Member

Selected as one of the "Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About" in 2016, Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over ten years of policy analysis, community organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado, he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate for a variety of social justice campaigns including affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT citizens.
Bryan Bird

Bryan Bird

Environmental Policy Fellow

Bryan Bird received his masters in conservation biology from New Mexico State University in 1995 and undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990.
Portrait of Kelly O'Hanley

Dr. Kelly O’Hanley

Board Member

Dr. Kelly O’Hanley is a board member of the Center for Sustainable Economy. An obstetrician gynecologist with a degree in public health, she has worked in almost 40 countries to foster the health of mothers and babies. She has taught the next generation of physicians at Stanford and Harvard Universities.

Dr. Nejem Raheem

Director and Economics Fellow

Dr. Nejem Raheem serves as an environmental economics fellow at CSE and has worked on CSE projects analyzing the economic impacts of infrastructure development in arctic Alaska. Nejem is an assistant professor of economics at Emerson College in Boston. He brings 10 years of experience as an environmental economist to Emerson.

Erin Gray

Economics Fellow

Erin holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a B.A. in both Economics and Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University. Her areas of expertise include environmental economics, ecosystem service markets, green infrastructure, environmental impact metrics, and climate change adaptation.

Evan Branosky

Environmental Policy Fellow

Evan Branosky is an environmental policy fellow at the Center for Sustainable Economy. With CSE, Evan has coauthored reports on the net public benefits of the proposed U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 to 2017 and the Chuitna Coal Project of Beluga Coal Fields, Alaska.
Nick Caleb

Nicholas Caleb

Staff Attorney - Climate Justice Program

Nicholas is the Staff Attorney for the Climate Justice Program at the Center for Sustainable Economy. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2009 and received his LL.M. in Law & Technology from Tilburg University, Netherlands in 2010.
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Sierra Waechter

Law Clerk - Climate Justice Program

Sierra is currently a rising second-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Kosovo. She is most passionate about international climate policy and human rights. She is excited to work with the vibrant climate justice network in Portland this summer.

Richard Mietz

Vice President and Environmental Law Fellow

Richard has been involved with various environmental and public interest groups as an activist, attorney, and CSE board member since 1985. As a public interest attorney, he has been active in representing various public interest "watchdog" organizations in New Mexico in numerous Freedom of Information Act lawsuits over the past 11 years since he moved to Santa Fe in 1995.

Steven Sugarman

Environmental Law Fellow

Steve is an environmental attorney who earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1986. Steve also holds a B.A. from Princeton. Steve's practice has been devoted exclusively to public resource and water issues since 1990. In 2000, he formed Belin & Sugarman with his current law partner Letty Belin.

Susan Leopold

Secretary-Treasurer and Sustainability Education Fellow

Susan, a board member of the Center for Sustainable Economy, is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers (www.unitedplantsavers.org).
Ted Gleichman

Ted Gleichman

Policy Advisor, Climate Justice Program

Ted Gleichman brings four decades of socio-political activism and enterprise experience to his work as a policy advisor to CSE, with a focus on the Climate Justice Program. Ted served as a Vista Volunteer with the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge reservation...

Alex Renirie


Alex Renirie is a Master’s student at the University of Oregon studying Conflict and Dispute Resolution with an emphasis in climate change and energy conflict. Over the last ten years she has worked for a wide range of environmental and social justice non-profits as an organizer, trainer, and administrator on grassroots advocacy campaigns and public outreach initiatives. She was most recently the New Mexico and Colorado organizing representative for the Sierra Club’s campaign to advance EPA methane regulations on the oil and gas industry. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in environmental mediation and facilitation to help diverse stakeholders reach common solutions on issues related to climate change mitigation and resiliency planning.

Liana Olson


Liana graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Willamette University. During that time, Liana realized her passion for environmental justice while conducting research on endocrine disrupting chemicals in waste water and river water. She co-authored a paper titled Seasonal Influences on Free, Conjugated, and Halogenated Estrogens in a Wastewater Treatment Plant in Northwest Oregon, that is currently being submitted for publication. Since college Liana has worked various sustainability jobs that allowed her to explore her interest in the socio-economics of environmentalism. She is excited by the prospect of using her economics knowledge and her science degree to fight for both economic and environmental justice.

Zoe Grant


Zoe is currently a third-year J.D. student at the University of Oregon School of Law and holds a B.S. in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously worked with other Oregon-based environmental non-profits including Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) and Our Children's Trust. Her areas of interest include sustainable land-use and agricultural policy, as well as international environmental policy.

Elijah Cetas

Wild and Working Forest Intern

A recent graduate of a small, interdisciplinary liberal arts university in Squamish, British Columbia, Elijah has worked as a researcher, writer, and organizer on a range of justice and sustainability projects. In university, he edited the student paper, organized for more meaningful student governance, and published original research on community-based conservation. Prior to joining CSE, Elijah has also worked as a writing tutor, a food-resiliency coordinator with the city of Anchorage, and a construction apprentice here in Portland, Oregon. He’s grateful to be back home, reconnecting with his city through its inspiring climate justice movement.