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 2012 the Walk for Water raised funds to finance a water purification project for a school in Papua New Guinea. Pictures and more project information will follow.
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.
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Brandon moved to Portland in 2001 and is currently a certified public accountant for Mack, Roberts & Company, providing tax and audit services to small businesses and their owners. A couple times in his life he’s taken some professional detours from public accounting, first obtaining a law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and later working part-time as a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for SB Nation. He’s also written about football for the Washington Post online.
While not a practicing attorney, Brandon volunteers monthly at the St. Andrew Legal Clinic, helping with the legal needs for low and moderate income families in the Portland area. So when Mark Stell asked Brandon to become a board member in 2010, it fit in perfectly with his interest in providing assistance to people in need, this time helping communities around the world build or repair their basic water systems.
Brandon spends his free time with his wife and three young children in SE Portland. He still keeps in touch with his friends from Wisconsin, acting as the Treasurer for the University of Wisconsin alumni chapter in Portland.
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.