MCDD has evolved substantially over the past decade to become a solutions-oriented leader with our partners in the region. We are a growing, agile, and mission-driven team with a passion for customer service and supporting the community we serve.
Sr. Engineering Tech
Andrew joined MCDD in September of 2015 as an Engineering Technician. He manages the District’s GIS Program, and is currently developing an Asset Management Program to capture institutional knowledge in support the District’s commitment to make data informed decisions. Andrew provides field and technical support for projects across the district, with a focus on engineering and natural resources. Before joining MCDD Andrew worked on the Columbia Slough Watershed Team at the Bureau of Environmental Services and was an active volunteer with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. He has worked locally and internationally on watershed restoration, community outreach, and early childhood environmental education programs. Andrew received a B.S. of Environmental Studies from Portland State University. As a native Portlander and lover of all things outdoors, Andrew has spent his entire life recreating in the Columbia River Basin. He enjoys sharing his passion for the Slough with others, and envisions a future where the Slough is thought of as an invaluable community resource that provides environmental education and recreational opportunities for the surrounding community.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 305
Senior Supervising Engineer
Kevin Severson is a professional engineer and serves as the Senior Engineer for the Multnomah County Drainage District. In his role, he primarily performs geotechnical engineering oversight for the for the 27 miles of levees managed by Multnomah County Drainage District. Kevin is a United States Air Force veteran and Oregon native. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Oregon State University. Over his 12-year career, Kevin has worked in public and private sectors as a civil engineer on work involving levee certification, landslide stabilization, rock slope mitigation, geotechnical instrumentation, heavy civil construction, and mechanically stabilized earth structures. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding, playing guitar, seeing live music, and watching football.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 312
Mindy Weimer graduated from Jakarta International School and went on to university to study how to solve water related problems. She completed her BS degree in Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University, and then her MS degree in Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Mindy moved back to Indonesia thereafter to build and develop a non-profit water & sanitation organization, which is now run by local staff. Mindy is currently based in Portland, Oregon where she has since worked for Maul, Foster & Alongi Consultants, Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, and then joined Multnomah County Drainage District as an Engineer Associate in March 2016. With the District, Mindy’s role includes providing technical support, project management, and conducting development reviews. Outside of her role with MCDD, Mindy loves to travel, write letters, and all things outdoors.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 307
Mackenna joined MCDD in January 2020 as an Engineering Associate. In her role, she provides engineering and construction support related to levee and internal drainage systems, project management, and evaluation of development reviews. Mackenna holds a B.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. Before coming to MCDD, she worked in Honolulu in the private sector on stormwater monitoring, watershed modeling, and green infrastructure. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, catching live music, cooking, and traveling.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 330
Elizabeth (Liz) Edgar joined MCDD in March of 2020 as a professional engineer, providing technical guidance for the District’s capital improvement and renewal & replacement projects. Her work includes planning, design, construction and operations & maintenance of the District’s water conveyance infrastructure and pump stations. Prior to working at MCDD, Liz was the capital project engineer and led design review for new development for a mid-sized drinking water utility. She is passionate about delivering projects that protect people, built infrastructure and natural resources.
Liz originally hails from the Rocky Mountain region of Wyoming and Colorado and moved to Portland in 2007. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University in 2011 as a member of the national engineering honors societies Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys crafting projects, never cooking the same thing twice, hiking, traveling, planning long weekends in her vintage RV and listening to music at her boyfriend’s SE honky-tonk venue.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 308
Bio coming soon.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 303
Karen joined MCDD in April 2015 as the District Accountant, working in the Finance department. The priority at the time was to help implement the new web based accounting software, Accufund, which she now maintains for the five districts. She is responsible for the monthly and quarterly IGA invoicing for MCDD, PEN1, PEN2 and SDIC including the IFA invoicing for the more recently formed JCA. Newer projects include the Development Review process where she is responsible for tracking costs and invoicing applicants for the four districts.
She is a New York native and studied Accounting at CW Post Long Island University. Karen moved to Oregon in 1995 and has over 30 years of experience in the Finance and Accounting field. She has worked in many industries which include wholesale, hospitality, construction, financial services and international footwear sourcing. Having been the Controller for companies in these many different private industries was helpful in adapting to the more rewarding local government work.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with her rescue German Shepherds, cats and chickens on a few acres in Oregon City.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 319
Financial Project Manager
Bio coming soon.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 327
Contract and Procurement Specialist
Jim came to MCDD in July 2020 as the Contract and Procurement Specialist within the Finance group. Jim supports the acquisition of services and goods. He also assists with public contracting compliance and process improvement. A native Oregonian, he has had a long career in public service. He has previously worked for the Port of Portland, the State of Oregon, and several public school districts in various procurement, finance, and other business office functions. He is passionate for the mission to serve others effectively, reach consensus for positive outcomes and to bring balance and common sense to serving the public.
Jim is committed to improving the environment we live in and enjoys travelling to learn how others live their lives. Jim and his wife faithfully serve their third rescue cat.
Mobile: 503-281-5675 ext. 323
Contract Administration Intern
Nicole joined the MCDD team in the Fall of 2020. As a Contract Administration Intern, Nicole provides support to the Finance Department with managing the district’s contract records and developing processes for monitoring contract insurance requirements. She holds a B.A in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and Master of Public Administration from Portland State University. Prior to her role with MCDD, Nicole worked for an environmental consulting firm in Colorado where she conducted a program assessment for the City of Portland’s Joint Office of Homeless Services. In her spare time, Nicole I enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and staying up to date on pop culture.
Interim Executive Director
Peggidy Coffman Yates started as MCDD’s Interim Executive Director in October of 2019. She brings over 12 years of experience in various government roles at Multnomah County, most recently as Director of Capital Planning Program as well as Manager of Strategic Planning and Projects in facilities and property management. Previously, she serves as the Economic Development Policy Advisory to Chair Ted Wheeler. With 35 years of exeprience in the private and public sector, she has a breadth of experience in strategic planning, operations management, economic development and commodity training. With her daughter in her final year at Oregon State University, Peggidy spends her free time volunteering in the regional equestrian community.
Phone: 503-281-5675 EXT. 304
Deputy Director – Levee Ready Columbia
Colin Rowan is the Levee Ready Columbia Program Director with Multnomah County Drainage District, leading the Levee Ready Columbia program, a multi-stakeholder regional partnership committed to modernizing our levee system. Trained as a planner, Colin is skilled in strategic planning, economic analysis, environmental policy, public engagement, and project management. Previously, Colin worked as a transportation planning consultant, a historian, and as a bicycle shop manager and mechanic. Colin has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, specializing in Transportation, from Portland State University, a master’s degree in History from Northeastern University, and bachelor’s degrees in Politics and History from Brandeis University. Outside work, Colin is an amateur bicycle racer, a shade tree mechanic, and spends his weekends renovating his 100-year old house with his wife and two cats.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 320
Deputy Director – Operations and Engineering
Bill Owen is a professional engineer and serves as the Chief Engineer / Flood Control Director for the Multnomah County Drainage District. In this role he oversees both the engineering and operations teams at the drainage district. These teams perform daily activities and projects that provide flood risk management for a levee system that separates the Columbia River from northern portion of the Portland region and an internal drainage system of open channels and pump stations within the drainage district. Bill holds master’s degrees in both civil engineering and business management. Over his 21-year career, Bill has worked in public and private sectors as a civil engineer involving river forecasting, watershed management, sewer and stormwater design, and green infrastructure. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family doing a variety of outdoor recreation activities, plays violin with a local community orchestra, and referees youth soccer games.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 321
After nearly 20 years of experience at a private law firm, Hong Huynh currently serves as MCDD’s general counsel. She is responsible for all of the district’s legal matters as well as an active strategic advisor on its policy and legislative issues. While as a partner at Miller Nash Graham and Dunn LLP, Hong regularly represented and advised clients on a full range of complex business, litigation, and regulatory compliance matters concerning the areas of environmental and natural resources; flood control and drainage; real estate; public facilities and infrastructures; and local government and special districts. Hong also served as an attorney-advisor and an honors attorney for the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Interior, in Washington D.C., where she advised agency clients on federal natural resources and energy matters. She received her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, and her bachelor of science from Pacific University.
When she is not working, Hong can be found hiking, biking, or hitting a tennis ball with her family.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 332
Kelly joined the MCDD team in 2013, first as a fellow and then was hired on as staff. She began as Legal Coordinator, then Policy Advisor, and now serves as District Counsel for Special Projects. She works under the General Counsel on certain legal programs and projects, providing legal and policy support to staff. Kelly holds a J.D. from University of Oregon, as well as certificates in Environmental & Natural Resources Law and Ocean & Coastal Law, and is an active member of the Oregon State Bar. She is also currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Public Affairs and Policy program at Portland State University, working on her dissertation about special districts and collaborative governance. She also holds a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in Environmental Studies and International Economic Analysis.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 306
Levee Ready Columbia Sr. Project Manager
Mark Wilcox brings a wealth of military, federal and municipal project and emergency management experience to MCDD, Mark earned his B.S. in Marine & Environmental Sciences at the US Coast Guard Academy and spent two years navigating the Coast Guard Cutter Mariposa in the waters of Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, before moving to Portland to manage spill responses, investigations and contingency planning as well as port operations and security for the Captain of the Port. After receiving his M.S. in Environmental Engineering (Water Resources) at Portland State University, he left active service and began his municipal career as an engineering plan reviewer in Oregon at Clean Water Services.
He moved to the Washington, DC, metro area and managed the planning, design and construction of interagency watershed restoration projects (stream restoration, stormwater management and greenstreets infrastructure) for the Montgomery County, MD, Department of Environmental Protection for ten years. After a series of federal and active military positions for the US Coast Guard managing its NRDA (wildlife) restoration program, its seasonal operations in the Arctic, and, most recently, the Alaska civil engineering program for the US Coast Guard during an active duty assignment in Juneau, Alaska, Mark returned to Portland and retired at the rank of Commander with 26-years of active duty and reserve service. He’s excited in his role managing projects and the USACE Feasibility Study for the LRC program during an exciting time at the Districts. Mark spends his free time on the water and in the mountains: hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and fly fishing with his camera at the ready.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 318
Levee Ready Columbia Public Affairs & Communications Manager
Evyn Mitchell has been helping local organizations and community leaders tell their stories, identify resources, create new partnerships, and get things done for Oregonians for over fifteen years. She has worked on and managed congressional, statewide and local candidate and ballot measure campaigns, consulted for numerous political candidates and causes, and developed and executed strategic communications and public affairs strategies for elected officials and nonprofit organizations.
Over the years, Evyn has provided strategic communications, fundraising, grassroots advocacy, and organizational management services to several non-profits, including Planned Parenthood, ACLU of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, and Camp Fire Columbia. She has also directed fundraising for the Oregon Senate Democrats and for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s initial campaign for Congress, worked for the Senate Majority Leader during legislative session, and managed multiple candidate and ballot measure campaigns. Most recently, Evyn put her communications and project management skills to work with the Association of Oregon Counties, supporting the establishment of a new program designed to give county commissioners the capacity to convene diverse stakeholders to identify and implement solutions to complex local issues. This work provided a natural segue to her current role as Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Levee Ready Columbia.
Outside of work, Evyn serves as a board member of Emerge Oregon and DePaul Treatment Centers. When she’s not volunteering, she can be found kayaking or skiing depending on the season, and seeing as much live music as possible.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 325
Randy joined MCDD in December 2016. Currently he is the Operations Manager and plays as the key point of contact with all issues related to the Operations and Maintenance at MCDD. Prior to MCDD, Randy spent several years in the Alaskan Oilfields as a Roustabout, spent time on road construction crews, and worked in sales and marketing in the snowboarding industry. Randy received a Bachelor of Arts at Portland State University, Majoring in Sports Marketing and Minoring in French.
Randy is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys all the outdoor activities that Pacific Northwest provides. He is also a Francophile who enjoys speaking the French language.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 314
Operations and Maintenance Specialist
Cory Joined MCDD in the spring of 2014. He currently is an Operations Specialist on the Operations Team and is a key representative on the MCDD IT committee. Cory takes part in all areas in our maintenance including: herbicides, mowing, equipment operating, and pump station maintenance. Prior to MCDD Cory spent several years working in commercial and residential construction including concrete work and heavy equipment operating. He also spent some time working for Eco Star which has helped him be a key member of the IT committee.
He is a local graduate from Forest Grove High School. Cory is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing in the great State of Oregon.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 314
Asset Maintenance Specialist
Josh joined MCDD in 1999 as an Asset Maintenance Specialist. He works with operations on projects, maintenance and monitoring related to conveyance systems and pump stations. His professional career started at MCDD and includes professional and technical training. Outside of work, Josh enjoys outdoor activities with family and friends.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 324
Operations & Maintenance Tech II
Charles Joined MCDD in 2011. Charles is key member of our field crew and has taken a leadership role in our herbicide spraying program at MCDD. Charles’s years of experience working in all four districts has given him a strong knowledge of the intricate systems that we manage at MCDD. Outside of work, Charles spends his time hanging out with his family.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 314
Byron joined MCDD March 2013. In his role as construction lead, he provides support and direction on major and minor construction projects throughout all four Districts.
Byron brings over 20 years of experience in the construction sector to MCDD. He attended the Carpenters apprenticeship program at Clackamas Community College. Byron draws from his vast knowledge of construction projects over the years which allows him to be a key member of the Operations Team.
Byron is a local graduate from the Oregon City High School. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing the major Rivers and tributaries in the local region.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 314
Bio coming soon.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 314
Operations & Maintenance Tech II
Scott joined MCDD December 2010 and is a valuable member of the operations team. During the summer months Scott is a Lead Mower working on the annual Levee and Ditch Mowing throughout all four Districts. Prior to MCDD, Scott spent many years in the demolition and construction industry.
Scott is a local graduate from Clackamas High School. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing the major Rivers and tributaries in the local region.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 314
Steve started his career at MCDD in 1998. He currently holds the position of Facilities Manager and is the key point of contact on anything to do with facilities that resides on the MCDD campus including: vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure.
Steve has years of experience in the maintenance and mechanical world. He is a certified mechanic, a 20-year journeyman lineman, Millwright, and spent a few years before joining MCDD in the nearby Trojan nuclear power plant.
Steve is an avid Race car enthusiast spending much of his time being involved with race teams. He also loves camping and riding quads with friends and family.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 311
Amber joined MCDD in 2018 as a Project Manager in our Planning Division. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Amber is passionate about connecting people to the land and water around them. Her background in water resource management, land use and resiliency planning empower Amber to be a resourceful problem solver and develop collaborative solutions to complex challenges facing our region.
Amber works on a wide array of projects, ranging from capital infrastructure projects to long range planning efforts. Specializing in environmental planning; Amber performs land use reviews, oversees project planning, delivery and helps navigate regulatory requirements. She believes that by working together with landowners, community members and regional stakeholders, we can all be part of the solution to enhance community safety, support the region’s vitality and increase community awareness.
In her spare time, Amber serves on the Native Plant Society Board (Portland Chapter) and is an avid hiker and gardener. Promoting agricultural and genetic biodiversity, Amber is dedicated to supporting sustainable food systems and preserving cultural traditions.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 312
Environmental Program Manager
Carrie joined MCDD in September 2019 and currently manages the District’s Environmental Program, which covers natural resource management, planning, and permitting. She’s also supporting the Districts’ efforts to modernize the levee system and advising on the ways a modernized governance structure can use integrated floodplain management strategies to both improve flood safety and the health of the Columbia Slough. Carrie loves digging into environmental problems that span policy, people, and place. She brings a background focused on collaborative approaches to conservation and bringing nature-based strategies into environmental compliance programs. She has degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies (BS) from Iowa State, and Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School at UCSB.
In her spare time, you can find Carrie running, reading, gardening, paddling, backpacking, or remodeling her SE Portland home with her husband.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 331
Brian began working at MCDD in June 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager, then worked as a Business Analyst, before becoming a Project Manager. He oversees several projects and programs at MCDD, including: emergency management, capital projects, aquatic invasive species management, plant restoration projects, and inspection coordination with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Brian has a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University, with a focus in Water and Energy Policy in the Columbia River Basin. Outside of work, he loves to hike, paddle, garden, and travel.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 317
Policy and Administration Manager
Emily joined the MCDD team in the Spring of 2016. In her role as Sr. Policy Coordinator, Emily supports the work of the board members on all four district boards and works on policy related matters for the districts. Emily acts as a liaison between board and staff members, and also helps to manage the annual landowner meetings for each district. She holds a B.A in Political Science from California Lutheran University and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University. Prior to her work at MCDD, Emily worked for the Washington State Legislature and as a campaign organizer in Southwest Washington and Washington, DC. She currently serves on the Special Districts Association of Oregon Board of Directors. Emily enjoys using her spare time to stay up to date on pop culture, create epic charcuterie plates, take photos of her cat on her phone, and enjoy the outdoors hiking and snowboarding.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 322
KAREN LORENA CARRILLO
Public Affairs and Community Relations Manager
Karen joined MCDD in the fall of 2017. In her role, Karen leads projects and programs that raise awareness of flood risk and flood protection systems, manages district communications, and builds strategic partnerships with a variety of organizations and community groups. Prior to MCDD, Karen worked as Outreach and Events Director for the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and as the Education and Engagement Manager for the Oregon Environmental Council. She brings to MCDD a fresh perspective on community engagement through her previous roles at Mercy Corps and Self Enhancement Inc.
Karen is a graduate of the Center for Diversity and the Environment’s E42 program and works closely with the Policy & Admin team to promote awareness, understanding, and further behaviors and policies that support social and racial equity. She holds a B.A in International and Sustainable Urban Development and a Project Management certificate from Portland State University. She also holds a certificate of French language proficiency from CIEP for France’s Ministry of Education; she is fluent in French and Spanish.
In her free time, Karen serves on the board of the Vanport Mosaic, volunteers for Social Justice Fund NW projects and enjoys kayaking, gardening, running with her Alsatian best friend, Olan, and traveling many miles to spend time with her abuelo.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 302
Human Resources Generalist
Tracy joined MCDD in the Fall of 2019 as Human Resources Generalist. She is responsible for managing and overseeing the District’s human resources program, including employment policies and benefits administration. Prior to MCDD, Tracy worked in the private sector in California as an HR Business Partner and coordinated functions like recruitment and selection, HR & benefits administration, employee relations, safety and wellness programs, and local, state and federal employment law compliance. Tracy holds a degree in Business Economics (B.S.) from Cal State, Los Angeles and a professional in Human Resources Certificate (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys discovering new restaurants and working on her yoga game. She is fluent in Spanish.
Office: 503-281-5675 ext. 326
Policy & Administration Assistant
Jasmine joined MCDD in the fall of 2019 as the Policy & Administration Assistant. In this role, she assists the Sr. Policy Coordinator with board and landowner meetings and provides program support for the Public Affairs & Community Relations Manager and the HR Generalist. Prior to working at MCDD, Jasmine served as the Human Resources Intern at the Port of Portland, where she spent time supporting the HR team and assisting the Social Equity Manager. During her time there, she developed a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, which she hopes will increase understanding and awareness surrounding diverse and equitable outcomes at MCDD.
In addition to working at MCDD, Jasmine studies Human Resources Management at Portland State University. She hopes that a background in Human Resources will further support her career desire to work closely with Diversity & Inclusion. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, trying different recipes and restaurants, and the occasional Netflix binge.
Office: 503-281-565 ext. 300
Kirsten started at MCDD in November 2020 as the Board Coordinator. Kirsten is responsible for arranging, facilitating, and documenting public meetings of the district boards and works closely with staff in the Policy, Communications, and Legal departments to ensure each meeting is accessible and effective. She primarily supports the new Urban Flood Safety and Water Quality District and their subcommittees but enjoys helping out with the four Drainage District boards as well. Kirsten holds a B.A.&Sc in Geology and Ecology from The Evergreen State College. Kirsten fell in love with local government working for the Parks and Recreation department in her hometown. She has since played a variety of roles in both recreation and community development fields, always working closely with the public to promote access to information and find opportunities for participation. In her spare time, Kirsten has a few local history projects researching historical land use and property ownership and also enjoys stepping out into nature to hike and swim.