Our Staff

Nick Caleb, Staff AttorneyMEET OUR INCREDIBLE TEAM:

Nicholas Caleb | Attorney

Nick earned his law degree at the University of Oregon in 2009. He earned his LL.M. in Law & Technology at Tilburg University (Netherlands) in 2010. He joined Neighbors for Clean Air in 2016 as Staff Attorney.

Prior to joining NCA, Nick worked as a Legal and Policy Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Economy, Local Climate Policy Fellow at Our Children’s Trust, and adjunct professor at Concordia University. Nick has been involved in environmental advocacy at the legal, policy, grassroots advocacy, and academic levels. Prior to pursuing his law degree, Nick received a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Concordia University in Portland.

Reach Nick at nick@whatsinourair.org

Lisa Frack | Communications Manager

Lisa has two children who live with her in SE Portland, where the air should and cLisa Frack, Communications Managerould be healthier for their developing lungs. She joined the NCA board in 2012 to support the organization’s smart, laser-focused work to reduce air toxics across Oregon– for all Oregonians, then jumped in as communications manager in September 2016.

Prior to joining NCA’s team, Lisa served as the Communications Director for Family Forward Oregon, a non-profit group working to create a family-friendly economy in Oregon. Before that she was the Social Media Manager for the DC-based Environmental Working Group, where she also did national online organizing for federal toxics reform. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University in 2001.

Reach Lisa at lisa@whatsinourair.org

Kealani Iglesias | Office Manager

Kealani Iglesias, Office ManagerKealani joined Neighbors for Clean Air in March 2016. A current SAHP and home-based small business bookkeeper, Kealani is keenly aware of North Portland’s toxic air. Prior to joining NCA (and the birth of her daughter), she worked as Senior Payroll Specialist with Paychex. Kealani received a multidisciplinary B.A. at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Her prior non-profit work included Supervisor with Seattle Goodwill Industries. She is excited to forward the mission as a supportive member of NCA’s team.

Reach Kealani at kealani@whatsinourair.org

Nakisha Nathan | Community & Environmental Justice Organizer

Version 2Nakisha is excited to join NCA as our Community and Environmental Justice Organizer. She has a bachelor’s degree in Bio-environmental Science from Texas A&M University and recently obtained her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy, with specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education.

Her love of the natural environment and commitment to social justice stem from numerous childhood experiences living and growing up in Panama, Canada, Texas and throughout the United States. Nakisha’s exposure to a variety of cultures, injustices, and ecological degradation also contributed to a desire to facilitate transformational leadership development and environmental justice organizing that honors and celebrates individuals, communities and the natural and built environments we inhabit.

Reach Nakisha at nakisha@whatsinourair.org

Mary Peveto | President

Mary Peveto, President NCAMary co-founded Neighbors for Clean Air in 2010 with friends and neighbors to work for stricter state standards to regulate air toxics in Oregon and to continue to strengthen and galvanize the citizen action necessary to effect change in regulating toxic air pollution. She is a mother of three who calls herself an “accidental activist.” She started organizing neighbors and parents when she stumbled upon a national study published in 2008 that showed her daughters’ school to be ranked among the worst 2% in the nation for schools at risk to toxic industrial air pollution. Mary guides our policy work in addition to leading the organization as a whole.

Reach Mary at mary@whatsinourair.org

Akash Singh | Black Carbon Co-Benefits Intern

Akashi Singh, Organizing InternAkash is a Post-Baccalaureate student in the Biology department at Portland State University. He joined Neighbors for Clean Air through the PSU Institute of Sustainable Solutions’ climate action program and is working with us to create broader public understanding about the health and climate co-benefits of regulating black carbon. Akash originally began his journey in the spring as an intern with the NCA and he is thoroughly thrilled to come on board in this exciting new capacity.

Reach Akash at akash@whatsinourair.org

Together with our volunteers and donors, this team is ready to accomplish our goal of clean air for every Oregonian all the time.