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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.
Terms of service: 5/3/17-6/30/19; 7/1/19-6/30/23
Molly Kile is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Her major research interests are environmental, molecular epidemiology, and global health. Specifically, Kile's research interests include understanding how exposure to chemicals in the environment influences maternal and child health. Her research includes study of how environmental factors link to health risks, including how chemical exposures in utero may alter epigenetic mechanisms that could contribute to chronic diseases later in life.

She is also the director of the community engagement core of OSU's Superfund Research Center. In this role, she works with Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest to investigate their concerns about environmental pollution.

Kile received her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health. She continued her postdoctoral training at Harvard in molecular epidemiology.

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