Brooke Smith

Executive Director
[email protected]
(503) 286-2056
721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 235

As COMPASS' Executive Director, I lead our organization in mission, vision, strategy, fundraising and administration. l oversee our strategic directions, am the keeper of our vision and the chief fundraiser, and ensure all the things needed to run an organization are functioning. My education is rooted in science. My professional work stems from experiences in federal and state environmental and ocean policy, science communications and outreach, organizational development and management, and fundraising. I've been a government employee and a consultant, and for the last fifteen years, part of the non-profit sector.

I have an M.S. from Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. I hold a courtesy faculty appointment at Oregon State University, serve on the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Board of Directors (as their first non-elected official to serve on their Board), recently served on the National Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation (as the Board Vice Chair), the Board of the Forest Park Conservancy, and I was a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow. I am also currently serving as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Public Interfaces of Life Sciences, a great initiative exploring how we can close the gap between scientists and society. When I'm not reading Science and Stanford's Social Innovation Review, following my favorite tweets and posts, or on an airplane, you can find me running the trails in Portland's Forest Park, indulging in one of Portland's many delectable restaurants, or simply enjoying as much time as I can with my husband and two young daughters.