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. 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

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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, 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, Individual Gift and Events Manager

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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.

Nate Koenigsknecht, Ambassador Program Coordinator

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e-mail: nkoenigsknecht at gmail.com


Prior to joining WaterWatch, Nate both worked for and consulted for fly fishing equipment manufacturers and fly shops. He currently operates a fly fishing guide business, providing a quality experience while striving to educate anglers on the importance of natural stream flows and science-based management policy. Nate has donated numerous trips to WaterWatch supporters, appeared in fish conservation documentaries, and actively advocates for healthy Oregon rivers.

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.

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