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.

Diana Foss
Operations Manager

As Operations Manager of the Lloyd EcoDistrict, Diana coordinates all of the activities which support the goals of the District, with a focus on energy efficiency and zero waste. With a background in nonprofit operations as well as food systems, she brings sustainability, project management and finance expertise to her current role.
Diana has taught astronomy, run for governor, built a grocery store and gleaned backyard fruit. She loves organizing systems and making sure everything is running efficiently. Portland, with its beautiful rain, vibrant maker communities, and amazing food, is heaven for Diana.

Brian Garcia
Grants & Outreach Manager

As the Grants and Outreach Manager for Lloyd EcoDistrict Brian will help coordinate the various programs and outreach events that support the goals of Lloyd EcoDistrict, as well as manage the preparation of proposals and grant applications for the organization. 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.

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.

Josh Gormley
Outreach Intern

In his role as Outreach Intern for Lloyd EcoDistrict, Josh hopes to bring his passion, knowledge, and perspective of sustainability and community. Josh is an Honors Student at Portland State University in his third year of studying to receive his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in Community Psychology and a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. There he is active in the Student Sustainability Center, participating in both the Gardening and Beekeeping Taskforce, where he helps to look after the Portland State University Gardens and Apiary. He is also a part of the Student Leaders for Service where he serves as an ambassador between Portland State University and Lloyd EcoDistrict. Excited to apply his knowledge and experience gained from involvement at PSU, he is also eager to learn and grow at Lloyd EcoDistrict.

Outside of being a busy, sleep-deprived, college student, some of Josh’s passions are nature and art. His two favorite outlets for these are rock climbing and painting. On a cloudy day, he can usually be found wherever there’s a patch of sun. On a sunny day, however, he’ll be in the shade.