Portland Global Initiatives is a registered nonprofit with a mission to increase awareness about global water issues. The group holds the annual Walk for Water, celebrating UN World Water Day, to raise donations for global water projects. The board formed in 2010 and gained their 501 (c) 3 status in January, 2011.
In 2010 the Walk for Water raised enough money to build a solar-powered well at the Temeke Primary School in Tanzania. This year, Portland Global Initiatives will sponsor its fifth annual Walk for Water on Sunday, June 2nd 2013. This year we hope to increase attendance to 1,000 walkers and fund several water-purification projects in Papua New Guinea.
Mark Stell, Founder
Mark Stell likes to travel the world in search of growers committed to high-quality coffee. He learned how to determine quality through his early career stint as a roaster and gained management and retail experience as owner of Abruzzi Coffee Roasters, a small Portland company. It wasn’t until opening Portland Roasting in 1996 that Stell was introduced to the grower component of the coffee business. Once he began his travels to coffee-producing countries, he developed a deep appreciation for the growers and their commitment and love of the land.
Mark oversees a staff of 30 and is responsible for green coffee sourcing, purchasing and financial management of the wholesale roaster and green coffee wholesale business. His leadership has earned the company local and national recognition for its business achievements and sustainability initiatives. In 2005, the company won the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Award for its Farm Friendly Direct™ Program, and this year was a finalist in Willamette University’s Ethics in Business Award Competition.
Jon McLean is currently a VP, Senior Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Bank, where he helps regional businesses and non-profits with finance and baking needs. He holds a B.S. degree in Communications/Business Administration from the University of Redlands, and is active in community involvement and volunteer work.
In addition to supporting Portland Global Initiatives and The Walk for Water, Jon volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity, has coached Tualatin Valley Youth Football, Lake Oswego Little League, AYSO Soccer, and has been a fund raiser for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation and supporter of non-profits Metropolitan Family Services and Sustainable Northwest.
Jon spends his free time enjoying mountain sports, cross country skiing and biking with his sons. He and his wife Kim reside in Lake Oswego, OR where they keep active raising their 4 teenage children.
Creative Director/Director David S. Mayne is an accomplished filmmaker with over 30 years experience. David has created commercials, PBS documentaries, shorts, screenplays, and a feature film. He was a creative director and the sole director at R2C Group in Portland Oregon. He was one of the first three employees at the start up of that firm and for eight years and helped nurture that company’s growth through many successful award-winning direct response campaigns.
Prior to coming to Hawthorne Direct David ran Very Sirius Productions, an innovative Creative Services Agency that specialized in creative media that strengthens brands, educates customers and compels them to buy.
A few of David’s noteworthy commercial clients include: AOL, Adidas, Chase, Electrolux, HP, Netscape, iRobot Philips, Sunbeam, Sports Illustrated, Vonage and Goodwill.
As an accomplished documentary filmmaker David’s work includes two PBS films, Soleri’s Cities: Architecture For Planet Earth and Beyond, about visionary environmental architect Paolo Soleri, and Taliesin: The Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. David is a producer/director/writer for the popular national PBS series History Detectives and was a field producer for the recent PBS program Blueprint America. David’s environmental education theatrical program for the Government of Alberta called Wet Alberta was awarded a prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award in 2010. David has a lovely wife Susan and two great children, Annika and Flynn who keep him busy having fun when he is not at work.