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Energy Trust of Oregon adds Edmund Pat Sherman to board

Nonprofit consultant brings passion for social justice and leadership

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 10, 2014 — Energy Trust of Oregon has added a new member to its board of directors, Edmund Pat Sherman of Portland.

Sherman is a principal with Against the Current Consulting Group of Portland. He works with clients interested in improving the quality of life in Native American communities. Sherman is a member of the Navajo and Omaha Nations and grew up on the Navajo Nation Reservation.

“We are privileged to have access to Edmund’s expertise in communications and development, as well as his passion for social justice,” said Debbie Kitchin, board president, Energy Trust. “His leadership and involvement in the Native American community will serve us well as we focus on providing all eligible utility customers with clean energy opportunities.”

Drawn from diverse communities around the state, Energy Trust directors represent a broad spectrum of expertise from the private sector and public institutions. Board members, all volunteers, provide strategic and policy direction for the nonprofit, which designs and delivers programs that help residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers save energy and generate renewable power. The 14-member board approves the organization’s annual budget and major expenditures. Board members bring independent viewpoints to their oversight of Energy Trust, which operates under a grant agreement with the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

Prior to Against the Current Consulting Group, Sherman was the communications and development manager for ONABEN, a nonprofit founded by four Oregon tribes to encourage private sector development on reservations. He served on the Portland Human Rights Commission and was selected for the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship and the Americans for Indian Opportunity American Indian Ambassadors Program. He currently serves on the board of the Native American Youth and Family Center, NAYA, and co-chairs the Steering Committee for JustPortland.

Sherman was student body president at Colorado College, and after earning his degree in International Political Economy, was awarded the El Pomar Foundation Senior Fellowship, an intensive training ground for young and emerging nonprofit leaders in America.

Other members currently serving on Energy Trust’s board include Debbie Kitchin, board president, InterWorks LLC, Portland; Ken Canon, board vice president, Myrtle Creek; Alan Meyer, board secretary, Salem; Dan Enloe, board treasurer, Intel Corporation, Washington County; Susan Brodahl, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Portland; Warren Cook, Oregon Department of Energy, Salem; Melissa Cribbins, Coos County Commissioner, Coos Bay; Roger Hamilton, Western Grid Group, Eugene; Anna Haworth-Root, EdenVale Winery, Medford; Mark

Kendall, Kendall Energy, Salem; John Reynolds, University of Oregon, Eugene; John Savage, Oregon Public Utility Commission, Salem; and Dave Slavensky, EarthCruiser USA, Bend.

Representatives from the OPUC and the Oregon Department of Energy serve as non-voting board members. Nine of the 12 voting board members are from outside the Portland area.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at or call 1-866-368-7878.

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