Power Oregon

About Power Oregon

Who We Are

Power Oregon is a non-profit research and policy initiative with a mission to facilitate public/private partnerships that will firmly establish Oregon as a center of excellence for clean energy, energy conservation, and innovation in energy technologies. We believe that Oregon has a unique position in the clean energy arena including:

  • Conservation
  • Smart Grid
  • Renewable Power Generation
  • Power Technology Application

The Directors have broad experience in government, industry, policy planning, finance, and academia. From the outset, Power Oregon engaged senior industry leaders, public officials, educators, economic experts, and policy consultants to consider the best way for Oregon to align the private sector with higher education to help Oregon’s advanced energy business sector sustain its recent growth. In addition to its own studies, Power Oregon commissions research papers designed to assist policy makers with investment priorities.

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Tom Kunde
Owner, Three Rivers Energy Consulting

Tom Kunde is the owner of Three Rivers Energy Consulting, a consulting firm that focuses on advising companies on development strategy for renewable energy projects. Mr. Kunde previously had a 25 year career with the AES Corporation managing the development and operation of power projects throughout the world with particular emphasis in Asia and Latin America. He also served as CEO of Tinguirica Energy, a 310 MW hydroelectric company based in Santiago Chile jointly owned by Pacific Hydro and SN Power.

As an industry thought leader, Mr. Kunde’s goal with Power Oregon is to participate in Oregon’s conversion to renewable energy in a cost effective manner. He recognizes the rapid development of technology that is shaping or country’s energy future, and he hopes to help inform policy around how states will plan, measure, and implement these standards at the lowest possible costs. Mr. Kunde holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Chemical Engineering in the state of Oregon.

Eric Strid
Founder, Director, Cascade Microtech

Eric Strid co-founded Cascade Microtech and served various stints as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Technical Officer from 1984-2012. Mr. Strid is an industry thought leader in the field of semiconductor test technology. As a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cascade Mirotech for over 20 years, his understanding of semiconductor testing technology informs his expertise in smart grid technology. Prior to 1984, Mr. Strid served as a Principal Engineer with Tektronix, Inc. and with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., where he designed and evaluated high-frequency gallium arsenide integrated circuits. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Since retiring from day-to-day management at Cascade, Mr. Strid has dedicated himself to completing his second "net-zero" home and dedicated his time to Power Oregon to further energy policy and direct efficient investments in technology that will economically meet future clean energy demands.

Charles Baldwin
Economic and Public Policy Consultant (retired)

Charles Baldwin is a co-founder of Power Oregon (formerly OESTRA). His experiences center on economic analysis, public policy development, and government organization. He worked with California legislative leaders to design and implement statutes enabling development of the East Wilmington oil field to proceed. The measure established environmental safeguards, designed an economic model to measure field valuation, set standards for maximum field recovery, and implemented a bidding procedure which resuled in $100 million in revenues to support higher education capital outlay. He was appointed Principal Consultant to the California Senate Government Efficiency Committee in the late 1960’s where he focused on setting standards for legislative research and policy writing. Additional environmental consulting roles include preparing the first comprehensive study of geothermal energy in California as well as serving on a task force to organize the first United Nations Conference on Geothermal Resources.

In addition to serving on numerous boards and commissions, Charles’s significant public service experience includes his role as Aide to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in the late 70’s, guiding his deep understanding of government energy policy at the statewide level. Charles co-founded Power Oregon to leverage his extensive background with government and academic research to create a changes in our energy system that will be best for our world and our economy. He is a US Army veteran, and holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from UCLA where he was a CORO Foundation Fellow.

Josh Bratt
Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Josh Bratt is a co-founder of Power Oregon (formerly OESTRA). He is a 25 year veteran with Morgan Stanley where he serves as Wealth Advisor/Portfolio Management Director and leads a team serving ultra-high-net-worth families, executives, entrepreneurs, and related business entities. Josh was previously Regional Vice President covering five western states where the Advisors under his purview had nearly $10 billion in capital responsibility and represented more than $60 million in revenue to the firm. He has served as director, president, and treasurer for multiple youth sports, community, and nonprofit organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics (cum laude) from the University of Utah and is a graduate of the Northwest Intermediate Commercial Lending School.

Josh served for ten years on the board of directors for the Oregon Environmental Counsel and was a gubernatorial appointee to Oregon’s Energy Policy Review Committee. His years of experience and involvement with Oregon’s energy policy of combined with an extensive business and financial background makes Josh a significant agent of change in Oregon's local government. Josh designed Power Oregon with the goal of leveraging the significant policy and talent investments that Oregon is already making. He believes the result of Power Oregon’s lobbying efforts will be above-trend growth of high wage jobs in the energy sector and an increased likelihood of achieving our clean energy policy objectives.

Laura McKinney
Vice President, Oregon Institute of Technology

Laura McKinney serves as the Vice President of the Oregon Institute of Technology in Wilsonville. After decades of working in technology at software and cybersecurity research companies, Laura brings an understanding of the implications of cybersecurity in the smart grid. As part of her role with the Oregon University system, Laura helped found the Oregon Talent Council, which is designed to fill critical labor gaps and talent deficiencies in technical fields for Oregon.

Laura became inspired by renewable energy at her first internship during college at the Wind Turbine Generator test site in Rocky Flats, Colorado. Laura believes that addressing global climate change and energy is everyone’s responsibility so she joined Power Oregon in March 2016 to participate in shaping educational and policy changes that will impact Oregon’s technology sector. She continues to work with the Oregon Talent Council to provide key talent to meet both electrical and renewable energy talent needs in Oregon.

Melissa Powers
Founder & Director, Green Energy Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School

Melissa Powers is a Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Powers practiced environmental law for seven years, where she led complex litigation in federal and state courts. Her research focuses on energy governance, energy reform and climate change mitigation, and she has authored several articles and co-authored books including Climate Change and the Law, Principles of Environmental Law, as well as forthcoming book on Energy and American Politics. In 2014-2015, Ms. Powers was a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar in Denmark and Spain, where she researched their regional renewable energy laws and governance systems. Ms. Powers has taught climate and energy law as a visiting professor at the University of Trento, Italy, as well as Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea, the University of Navarra, Spain, and the University of Maine. She received the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Ms. Powers is the founder and director of the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School, a top ranked environmental, natural resources, and energy law program in the United States. The Green Energy Institute works to hasten our transition to a 100% renewable power grid by improving existing policies and incentives in order to entice investment from diverse energy-market stakeholders. Ms. Powers joined Power Oregon in January of 2016 because of the closely shared vision between Power Oregon and the Green Energy Institute, and her data-driven approach to policy research is cohesive with Power Oregon’s mission to leverage Oregon’s energy policy spending on proven, efficient investments that will ensure success in meeting state and federal sustainability benchmarks. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Alex Hassen
Executive Director, Power Oregon

Alex Hassen serves as Executive Director of Power Oregon. Alex joined Power Oregon in June of 2016 to drive progress in accomplishing our organizational goals and overall mission. Alex works with Power Oregon’s Board of Directors to better leverage their respective professional experience in deciding upon the optimal energy policy recommendations for the state of Oregon. Alex is motivated by the economic and societal opportunity to ensure abundant, low-cost clean energy for all future generations and in Oregon and the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Neurobiology and Economics from Harvard University and is currently pursuing an MBA at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

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