WaterWatch Staff Bios

WaterWatch Staff

John DeVoe, Executive Director

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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

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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

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e-mail: kjp at waterwatch.org

Kimberley Priestley is the Senior Policy Analyst with WaterWatch of Oregon, where she has worked since 1993. Kimberley leads WaterWatch’s advocacy in the state legislature for legal and policy reforms to protect and restore Oregon rivers statewide, as well as our longstanding campaign to safeguard the waters of the Deschutes Basin. 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, Southern Oregon Program Manager


e-mail: jim 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, has testified before Congress, and served as an expert witness before the Oregon and California public utility commissions. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Molly Whitney, Development Director

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e-mail: molly at waterwatch.org

Prior to joining WaterWater in 2013, Molly managed the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program. She has experience in restoring flows instream through voluntary water transactions and securing funding for these water transactions and the supporting program through grants, corporate sponsorships and multi-year funding solicitations. Molly has also served on WaterWatch’s auction committee since 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Linfield College.

Nancy Drinnon, Comptroller

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e-mail: nancy at waterwatch.org

Nancy Drinnon
Nancy has been with WaterWatch since 1994. She previously worked for Oregon Public Broadcasting as an accountant and comptroller, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.

Brian Posewitz, Staff Attorney

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e-mail: brian at waterwatch.org

Brian has been an attorney in Oregon since 1991, and joined WaterWatch’s staff in 2015. From 1991 through 2005, he worked primarily in general business litigation with the Portland firm of Tonkon Torp LLP. He had his own law practice from 2006 through 2014. In addition to his civil litigation work, Brian handled a variety of water-related cases for WaterWatch and private clients while in private practice. He also is a former WaterWatch board member. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Willamette University and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He grew up in Helena, Montana.


Jack Dempsey, Contract Lobbyist


email: jack at dempseypublicaffairs.com

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Jack helps WaterWatch with our extensive efforts in Oregon’s capitol, Salem. He has worked with the Oregon Legislature since 1998, including experience as leadership staff, campaign director, and lobbyist. He served as a policy advisor for then-Senate Democratic Leader Kate Brown and as legislative director for Senate President Peter Courtney. Jack has lobbied the legislature since 2006, working in-house for O.H.S.U. and the Oregon Nurses Association, and as an independent lobbyist. He lives in Portland with his wife and two daughters.

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