MEET THE TEAM

Sarah Heinicke
Executive Director

In her capacity as Executive Director of the Lloyd EcoDistrict, Sarah works with the board and other district stakeholders to inspire action and implement our vision of being the most sustainable neighborhood in North America. Sarah brings her depth of experience in development, market forces, sustainability, community outreach, and project management to deliver a uniquely integrated approach to the EcoDistrict concept.

When she is not leading the Lloyd EcoDistrict, she is the principal of Verditas, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability planning, public involvement and strategic investment of economic development resources.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University. She holds a graduate real estate development certificate and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Sarah is a cyclist, avid cook, soap maker, tap dancer and master nick-namer.

Brian Garcia
Grants & Operations Manager

As the Grants and Operations Manager for Lloyd EcoDistrict Brian will manage the preparation of proposals and grant applications for Lloyd EcoDistrict, as well as ensure that the organization is supported and running smoothly. He had over a decade of leadership experience in the private sector before deciding to make a career change into nonprofits. His passion for sustainable, community focused urban planning brought him to Portland and he looks forward to applying his outreach and grants experience to his work at Lloyd EcoDistrict.

A native Las Vegan, Brian attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Solar and Renewable Energy in 2014 and a Master’s in Public Administration and certificate in Nonprofit Management in 2017. He is an aspiring bike commuter, who enjoys getting to know Portland through the local food and beverage scene.

Joshua Baker
Outreach Program Manager

As the Outreach Program Manager for Lloyd EcoDistrict Joshua coordinates the various programs and outreach events that support the goals of Lloyd EcoDistrict.

Joshua has nearly a decade of outreach and program management experience at renewable energy and social justice non-profits. This includes overseeing solar outreach and education programs with Solar Oregon, coordination a renewable energy leadership development program at Focus the Nation, and organizing campaigns and training initiatives at Mt. Hood Community College with the Oregon Student Association. Most recently, he managed best practice programs and events for utility company staff across the Western United States and Canada with the Western Energy Institute.

Passionate about climate change and energy issues, Joshua is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management at Portland State University. He is an avid walker and bus user. In his free time, you’ll often find him drinking too much coffee at local cafes, out at music shows, or hiking and camping in Eastern Oregon.

Caitlyn Cahill
Communications Intern

As the Communications Intern for Lloyd EcoDistrict, Caitlyn will be working on the group’s social media presence, newsletter, and ensuring community stakeholders are aware of ways to get involved. How the Lloyd EcoDistrict engages the community with such a large cause through measurable goals is what made the organization appeal to her. Projects such as waste reduction and increasing pollinator plant presence are of particular interest to her. Caitlyn is in her second year at Portland State, working towards her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a minor in business. At PSU she is involved in Student Leaders for Service, which is how she got connected with the organization. In her spare time, she enjoys making pottery, walking around Portland, and drinking lots of coffee.