Help Us Welcome Our First Executive Director, Jane Bacchieri

On June 13, Jane Bacchieri was unanimously and enthusiastically selected by the Elakha Alliance Board of Directors to lead the Elakha Alliance!! Her broad, deep background in organizational management and natural resource issues in Oregon are what we need. She will begin her leadership on July 5th. We’re looking forward to working with her to bring her up to speed and help her take the reins of this great organization.

Jane spent the past decade leading the Watershed Services and Integrated Planning groups at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, where she got rave reviews from supervisors and staff alike. Prior to that, she had a productive stop with the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University focusing on the Lower Columbia River Solutions Group. From 2006 to 2010 she was a natural resources policy advisor to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski working on watershed and water quality issues and implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). She also has experience with coastal, river, and watershed management issues for the Oregon Coastal Management Program, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the National Park Service in Alaska. She currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the board of directors of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. In her “youth,” she spent two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga as an environmental advisor.

Jane holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Vermont. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, including having built her own kayak, and is a dedicated marathon runner (is there any other kind?) We are super pleased to welcome her to the world of the Elakha Alliance! You can reach her at