Friends, we have bittersweet news to share with you. After five amazing years, Charles Denson, our beloved associate director, will be moving on from CLDC to other projects. Charles will, of course, remain our comrade, and you will see him around Eugene biking and sharing burritos with unhoused neighbors, among other community-oriented activities. During these past five years Charles’ work has helped propel CLDC to new heights by increasing fundraising, building capacity, expanding programming, and providing crucial oversight to our operations. He leaves our organization in a stable, forward-looking position. We wish Charles all the best and look forward to seeing him at future CLDC events!

Stephanie Tidwell has stepped into her new role as CLDC deputy director this week. Stephanie has extensive experience as a climate activist and nonprofit professional. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University and an M.A. in Communications and a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy from the University of Colorado.

Stephanie previously served as executive director of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center for nearly nine years; executive director of Friends of the Eel River; development director of Amazon Watch; grants and communications manager of Californians for Pesticide Reform; and, most recently, grant writer at the Center for Biological Diversity. She started her environmental activist journey advocating for wolves and other wild creatures, and for their forest habitats in Colorado.

In her free time, Stephanie can be found exploring rivers and mountains, cooking vegan delicacies, or biking. She is excited to join the CLDC team in Eugene and contribute to our region’s active climate justice movement. Welcome, Stephanie!