Meet our Tualatin Riverkeepers Staff

Our staff is made up of a dedicated group of individuals working to promote environmental stewardship through environmental advocacy and education for everyone throughout the whole Tualatin River watershed.


Jan Wilson
Executive Director
Bio

Jan Wilson

Executive Director

Jan has been connected to nature and water since her earliest memories, growing up in Michigan, where she would poke around in the creeks and ponds, looking for tadpoles and turtles, on her walk to school. She learned to canoe at summer camp when she was eight, spent summers boating with her family, and swimming in and skating on the many lakes "up north." She spent much of her teens and early adulthood riding horses, running, and cross-country skiing through "the woods," and then finally found her way to the Pacific Northwest, where she felt immediately at home among the big old trees and cold clear water of the temperate rainforests.

As a young environmental lawyer, Jan inherently grasped the connection between land uses and practices and the health of the watershed. For two decades, she helped Oregon communities and neighborhoods protect the urban and rural landscapes that their lives (and the lives of many non-human inhabitants) literally depend on. Then she spent the next decade helping conservation nonprofits make connections to people at their workplaces. Jan is as passionate about strategic planning and effective leadership as she is about the natural world.

Jan lives in Southwest Portland, near Fanno Creek, with her partner Paul, who shares her love of the natural world, and their dog Cami, who is often along for the adventure.

Ashley Short
Riverkeeper & In-House Counsel
Bio

Ashley Short

Riverkeeper & In-House Counsel

Ashley Short grew up in a small town in Kentucky where she formed a deep love of the environment exploring the woods on her grandparents’ overgrown 52-acre farm. Ashley took that love of the environment and pursued how to protect it in her studies. She received a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech in 2011 and a J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a Certificate in Environmental Law in 2014.

During the course of her career, Ashley has worked with several environmental nonprofits across the country doing work such as reaching out to legislators encouraging them to support or oppose certain legislation, helping citizens get involved in environmental permitting processes, and generally working to protect important environmental resources.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending quality time with her husband and large rescue dogs.

Mark Fitzsimons
River Experiences Coordinator
Bio

Mark Fitzsimons

River Experiences Coordinator

Mark grew up paddling Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and rivers and has been a teacher, guide, and educational program developer/coordinator since then. He has most recently been dividing his time between coordinating the Audubon Society of Portland’s annual Birdathon fundraiser, guiding hiking and paddling trips for NW Discoveries, and teaching classes for the Backyard Bird Shop.

Mark also volunteers for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and is a North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council board member. His other interests include nordic skiing, traditional archery, and paleo-archaeology.

Dana Schot
Community Engagement Coordinator
Bio

Dana Schot

Community Engagement Coordinator

Dana grew up locally, spending a lot of time exploring and running around outside. Her love of outdoor recreation and nature documentaries turned into studying wildlife biology, graduating from Pacific University in 2015. Since then, she has been traveling and working to advance conservation in multiple capacities. Her past work includes stints studying birds in the middle of the ocean, instructing rock climbing and marine ecology at Outdoor School, and developing equitable educational programs with AmeriCorps. She’s excited both to return to the part of Oregon where she grew up, and to work with the watershed community to evolve how we engage with the river.

In her free time, Dana likes soccer, searching for good restaurants, and spending as much time as possible at the Oregon Coast.

Kim Hack-Davidson
River Experiences Assistant Coordinator
Bio

Kim Hack-Davidson

River Experiences Assistant Coordinator

Growing up among hazelnut orchards, Douglas fir dotted creeks, and farm fields in the Willamette Valley, Kim was naturally drawn to playing and exploring outside. This led her to study streams in high school and go onto Portland State University to pursue her degree and ultimately career in environmental science. She's taught environmental education with Portland Audubon, coordinated gleaning programs with the Clark County Food Bank, managed toxic clean-up sites with Oregon DEQ, and worked as a biological technician from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Kim is glad to join Tualatin Riverkeepers to connect people with their local river and foster a lifelong relationship of love and care of our community's watershed. In her free time she gardens, hikes, and plays outside with her toddler and husband, rain or shine.