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Jeremy Barnicle is the executive director of Ecotrust, an Oregon-based nonprofit that fosters economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. He has spent more than two decades working at the junction of policy, media, philanthropy and global issues.  Previously, Jeremy spent 11 years at the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, where he helped guide the organization’s global strategy and position the Portland-based nonprofit as one of the most respected humanitarian organizations in the world. Prior to Mercy Corps, Jeremy worked for the State Department, for a U.S. congressman, for several consulting firms, and as a Peace Corps volunteer. In this caffeinated episode, find out how Jeremy parlayed a B.A. in Public Policy and Spanish from Vanderbilt University into being in the driver’s seat at a leading NGO in the environmental field. 


  • What Ecotrust’s mission is and where it works 
  • What Jeremy does as Ecotrust’s executive director 
  • Why Ecotrust’s mission has evolved since it was founded and what that means for those who work there
  • What ‘lived experience’ means and why it’s showing up as a potential requirement in job postings at Ecotrust 
  • Why working locally or regionally in a nonprofit is so meaningful 
  • What Ecotrust does in climate-smart forestry 
  • Why it’s important to push yourself outside your comfort zone into different jobs and careers
  • Why you should explore working at a nonprofit like The Nature Conservancy if you’re interested in this kind of work
  • If you want to learn how to break into the environmental+ nonprofit world tune in to T4C episode #150
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