Prior to founding Tomolla, Nate led business development efforts at Community Environmental Services (CES), a materials management-focused consulting group at Portland State University (PSU). Here he added clients including Nike, KEEN, New Seasons Market, Whole Foods, and Georgia Pacific, and Bonneville Power Administration, increasing private-sector revenue over three-fold. From 2010-2012, Nate oversaw a sustainability-focused technical assistance team at Portland International Airport (PDX). Under his guidance, a successful new food donation program was launched and PDX reached record food waste recovery rates. Nate also led efforts to work with Starbucks to execute an innovative coffee cup recycling feasibility study and co-authored a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance document on improved sustainability standards for airports. Previously, Nate headed project development and marketing for EcoUrban, developers of the first LEED Certified Platinum residence in the Midwest. Here, he also initiated a public-private partnership to create a bicycle commuter station and early-stage planning for the National Blues Museum. Nate’s formative years were spent at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), a public trust fund that has allocated $825 million to conservation projects since 1992. Here, he worked with land trusts, and state, local, and the federal government to create partnerships and drive media towards open space preservation, wildlife protection, and cultural heritage initiatives.
Nate holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Portland State University.
Prior to founding Tomolla, Eric served as Director of Community Environmental Services (CES), a materials management-focused environmental consulting group at Portland State University. Responsibilities included directing over thirty student field and research staff and managers, and overseeing seventeen contracts with local, regional, and private partners including the Port of Portland, the Environmental Protection Agency, Nike, Whole Foods Market, IKEA, Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and Metro Regional Government. Eric’s additional experience includes managing Portland Community College’s (PCC) resource conservation, recycling and composting programs where he led all solid waste minimization efforts across ten campuses with 98,000 students. During this tenure, Eric executed PCC’s innovative Scope 3 Purchasing/Greenhouse Gas Analysis, a partnership with Oregon’s DEQ, that provided PCC a baseline of all GHG emissions associated with their supply-chain activities. Eric also held multiple coordinator positions with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability leading their Single Family Residential Waste Study, a program that helped pilot the City’s innovative Residential Compost Collection Program.
In 2016, Eric volunteered his time and expertise to lead the waste minimization efforts of the Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, OR, serving as their Recycling Crew Chief.
Eric holds an MPA in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Administration and BS in Arts and Letters from Portland State University.