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.
Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Climate Justice Fellow

Akash Singh is a Climate Justice Youth Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Economy. He is a Post-Baccalaureate student in the Biology Department at Portland State University and an atmospheric research scientist at STAR Research Labs. An Environmental Justice Organizer with Neighbors for Clean Air, Singh also represents Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility on the One Oregon Coalition.
Aaron Danowski

Aaron Danowski

Climate Justice Research Fellow

Aaron is the Center for Sustainable Economy’s Climate Justice Research Fellow. He is a senior at Gonzaga University studying Sustainable Business and Sociology, and his interests include sustainable development, ecological economics, and political-economic systems change.

Zack Kearl

Research Fellow

Zach Kearl is CSE's events coordinator and research fellow, working closely with our Climate Justice team. Zach recently helped organize the first Portland Just Transition Convergence. The Convergence included participants from organized labor, environmental justice, living wage, tribal, affordable housing, and climate and energy activists and elected officials who began to outline the beginnings of a ...
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.
Nick Caleb

Nick Caleb

Staff Attorney

Nick ​is Staff Attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy, providing legal counsel for the Climate Justice Program. Nick graduated with an LL.M. from Tilberg University in The Netherlands after receiving a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham

Director, Climate Justice Program

Daphne Wysham is leading CSE's Climate Justice Program. A founder and director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network in 1996, Daphne has worked for several decades on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies.
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...

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.