Beebe hands over the reins at Ecotrust

Spencer Beebe, who founded Ecotrust in 1991, will hand over the reins to Astrid Scholz who will take over as president. Beebe will become chairman of Ecotrust's board of directors.
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Spencer Beebe, who founded Ecotrust in 1991, will hand over the reins to Astrid Scholz who will take over as president. Beebe will become chairman of Ecotrust's board of directors. 

Ecotrust announced Thursday that Spencer Beebe, the organization's founder and president, would assume the role of board chairman, handing over administrative duties to Astrid J. Scholz, who had been serving as executive vice president.

Scholz, who's been at Ecotrust for 11 years, will take over day-to-day operations as president of the environmental and economic development nonprofit.

In addition, Ecotrust announced an expanded group of vice chairs including Kat Taylor, CEO and co-founder of One PacificCoast Bank; Robert E. Friedman, founder and chair of the Corporation for Enterprise Development; and immediate past chair Gun Denhart, Portland civic leader and co-founder of clothiers Hanna Andersson.

"We’re at an inflection point in our history-- the urgency for transformative solutions has never been greater," said Beebe in a statement. "Climate change, financial inequity and failing democracies threaten vulnerable communities and the social fabric within the region and around the world. Now more than ever we need a new model of development that creates wellbeing for people and place."

Ecotrust marked its 20th anniversary last year and marked it by calling for more regional collaboration and hosting a gathering of 50 regional leaders from around the world.

After leading The Nature Conservancy’s international program and co-founding Conservation International in 1987, Beebe conceived of Ecotrust as an organization for "radical, practical change." Founded in 1991, Ecotrust is based in Portland, Oregon with an annual budget of $10 million, a staff of 65, and $110 million in assets under management.

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