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EQC Members

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is a five-member panel of Oregonians appointed by the governor for four-year terms to serve as DEQ’s policy and rule-making board. Members are eligible for reappointment but may not serve more than two consecutive terms. 

​Terms of service: 5/3/17-6/30/20; 7/1/20-6/30/24
Kathleen George is an elected member of the Grande Ronde Tribal Council. Prior to serving in public office, George was the Director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is a Grand Ronde tribal member and helped tribal governments accomplish their goals for most of her career.

Having worked for Oregon's tribes for 20 years, George has engaged with state and federal government to support healthy rivers, a clean environment, and the communities that who depend on them. Previously, she owned a natural resources consulting firm, Cedar Consulting, and worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in Pendleton.

George grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, and as a graduate of Dominican University with a B.A. in Environmental Biology, she is the first of her family to graduate college.


​​​Terms of service: 2/1/17-6/30/20; 7/1/20-6/30/24

Sam Baraso is a graduate of Duke University with a background in environmental management, finance, and social equity. Sam currently works as the manager of the City of Portland's Clean Energy Fund. Sam has worked on projects at the intersection of health and the environment evaluating emerging research on the use of green infrastructure for water quality, air quality and psychological health. Sam believes a truly sustainable Oregon is ecologically, economically and socially healthy.

Vacant position

​​Term of service: 10/5/23-6/30/25 (eligible for reappointment)

Mark Webb is the Executive Director for Blue Mountains Forest Partners, a diverse group of stakeholders who utilize best available science and work collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of restoration on the Malheur National Forest. Prior to his current role, Mark served as a Grant County Judge, taught at Eastern Oregon University, and worked in the field of natural resources in eastern Oregon. He received his BA in Philosophy from Reed College, and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Mark believes that strong, vibrant communities and healthy landscapes are inseparably linked.  ​

​​​Term of service: 11/19/21-6/30/25 (eligible for reappointment​)

Amy Schlusser is the senior climate action policy analyst and climate policy lead for the Oregon Department of Energy. She also served as the agency's senior clean energy policy analyst from October 2022 to December 2023. Prior to joining the agency, Amy worked as a staff attorney with the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. She has extensive experience with a broad variety of policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks relating to renewable energy, climate change, and transportation. Her work has largely focused on identifying effective and equitable policy pathways to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate a just and equitable transition to a clean and renewable energy system. Amy has authored multiple legal and policy analyses on a variety of topics related to energy and climate change, and she has extensive experience working with a broad variety of policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders on initiatives to advance a just and equitable energy transition.

Amy received her J.D. cum laude and her LL.M. summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School's Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program. She received her bachelor's degree from Penn State University.