“Water is one of our most precious resources. It’s essential to life in both a practical and spiritual sense. I’m fortunate to be able to support those working to ensure we have a healthy Willamette River System for all Oregonians and future generations as we face a rapidly growing population and the impacts of climate change. The flexibility of a private foundation allows us to play a unique role by not only funding restoration and protection of the river with our partners, but also addressing essential capacity needs, critical knowledge gaps, enabling shared learning and bringing people together to identify and measure progress toward common goals.” – Allison Hensey, Director, Willamette River Initiative, Meyer Memorial Trust.
Prior to joining the Meyer Memorial Trust in July 2015, Allison led the Sustainable Agriculture and Watersheds Program at Oregon Environmental Council, and before that, served as a Policy Analyst with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. She volunteers as a board member with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which helps people care for land and water. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.