John DeVoe, Executive Director
e-mail: john at waterwatch.org
John joined WaterWatch in 2003, after practicing law in Portland for 13 years. At WaterWatch, John is responsible for litigation, legislation and media matters in addition to managing and securing funding for the organization. He earned his law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1990, and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College in New York. John has served on the steering committee of the Oregon Conservation Network, the board of EarthShare of Oregon, Governor Kulongoski’s Headwaters to Ocean Task Force and the Policy Advisory Group for Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy.
Lisa Brown, Staff Attorney
e-mail: lisa at waterwatch.org
Lisa joined WaterWatch as a Staff Attorney in 2004. She has worked with Northwest conservation groups on watershed and aquatic habitat protection projects for many years, as well as for an aquatic research group at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis. Lisa earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University with honors, and graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School, cum laude, with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She is a member of the Oregon Bar.
Kimberley Priestley, Senior Policy Analyst
e-mail: kjp at waterwatch.org
Kimberley Priestley is the Senior Policy Analyst with WaterWatch of Oregon. Kimberley advocates for legal and policy reforms to protect and restore Oregon rivers statewide, with a particular emphasis on ensuring protection of Oregon’s rivers in the state legislature and safeguarding the waters of the Deschutes Basin. Kimberley has been with WW since 1993. She earned her J.D. from the University of Washington, where she also earned an L.L.M. in International Environmental Law. She earned her B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jim McCarthy, Communications Director & Southern Oregon Program Manager
e-mail: jmac at waterwatch.org
Jim works from WaterWatch’s office in Ashland. Prior to joining WaterWatch full time in 2012, he provided communication, lobbying, and organizing services to environmental non-profits as an independent consultant since 2002. Jim has specialized in Endangered Species Act, water policy, hydropower relicensing, and agricultural subsidy issues. He has published numerous op-eds, articles, and reports, and has testified as an expert witness before the Oregon and California public utility commissions. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Nancy Drinnon, Comptroller
Seattle Pacific University, B.S., 1982
Jim Myron, Lobbyist
Jim Myron is an independent contract lobbyist working on natural resource related issues. His specialties include native fish protection and restoration as well as water policy and river health issues. Myron’s career as a lobbyist began during the 1989 session of the Oregon Legislature. Since that time, in addition to being a lobbyist, Myron has also worked as the Conservation Director of Oregon Trout, a native fish conservation organization, from 1995 to 2003. He left Oregon Trout to work for newly elected Governor Ted Kulongoski as his Natural Resource Policy Advisor. After three years working for the governor, he continued his employment with the state as the Legislative Coordinator for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. In that position, he also advised the agency’s Director on policies relating to the management of state park lands. Myron left state government in 2008 and returned to his job as an independent lobbyist. Prior to becoming involved in natural resource policy issues, Myron spent twenty plus years as a life and health insurance agent in the Willamette Valley. Myron is married with three grown children and three grandchildren. He and his wife reside in the small town of Canby and spend part of the summer at property they own east of Prineville in the Upper Crooked River Valley.