Huntington, Geoff

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Dean's Office
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location: 

109 Richardson Hall

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2004 - Advance Mediation Certification, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
2002 - Dispute Resolution/Mediation Certification, Confluence Center for Mediation & Training, Portland Oregon
1986 - J.D. Degree, University of Oregon School of Law, Senior Staff Editor for Inaugural Edition of the Journal of Environmental Litigation
1983 - Coursework for M.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University
1982 - B.S. Degree, Natural Resource Development, Michigan State University
Research Areas: 
  • Forest Policy Analysis and Economics
Research Interests: 
  • Forest Policy, Private
  • Forest Policy, Public
Forest Policy, Natural Resource Law
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Oregon State University College of Forestry. 2012-present Responsible for framing and leading short- and long-term initiatives to drive the strategic goals of the College of Forestry, and engaging internal and external stakeholders as active participants who partner with the Dean to set the tone, tenor, and direction of the college and its programs. Develop and refine initiatives and programs aimed at making the college more entrepreneurial and better integrated in environmental, social and economic issues of strategic importance to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Drive progress on key priorities of the Dean that require cooperation and collaboration of multiple internal and external stakeholders including college faculty and staff, government and non-government entities, private sector businesses and entities across the University. Senior Instructor, Oregon State University College of Forestry. 1994-present Academic teaching appointment specializing in law and policy issues relating to environmental and natural resource regulatory systems. Work primarily with graduate students from multiple departments at the University, bringing current natural resource policy challenges into the classroom to examine how they are being shaped and influenced by the matrix of existing state and federal laws. Sustainability Consulting, Sustain LLC and Blu Skye Consulting. 2004-2013 • Serve Fortune 500 clients both as a partner in Sustain LLC and on project specific collaborations with the Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting Group of San Francisco. Project management of complex sustainability initiatives requiring participation and buy-in of supply chain members and stakeholder groups of client companies. Assist corporate clients to design and execute collaborative initiatives to establish, authenticate, and verify the sustainability of products and production processes within the context of environmental, social, and financial outcomes relevant to the core business objectives. • Projects include: Design and execution of textile and apparel supply chain sustainability initiatives for a Fortune 50 retailer. Organized and launched the “Sustainable Apparel Coalition” (2009 - 2011), including early work with 50 member companies collaboratively developing product and supply chain index/performance indicators in both social/labor and environmental areas. Recent client projects include tracking and measuring supply chain sustainability in targeted retail product sectors, and helping suppliers excel at integrating retailer customer sustainability program initiatives into their business. Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. 1999-2004 Served in the Governor’s Natural Resources Cabinet as director of the agency charged with coordinating and supporting the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds – a multi-faceted approach to watershed health based on collaborative, citizen-based restoration actions aimed at advancing salmon recovery and water quality goals of Oregon. Managed and framed policy initiatives for investment of over $20 million annually in watershed restoration projects. Recruited and served a legislatively created oversight board of 17 members representing business, labor, environmental interests, tribal governments, and five federal agencies. Strove to integrate watershed restoration investments with economic and workforce benefits to local economies in Oregon. Worked to establish an incentive-based structure to align economic self-interest of business and land managers with broad public policy objectives in order to accomplish outcomes beyond those delivered by existing regulatory programs. Deputy Director, Oregon Water Resources Department. 1995-1999 Served as Deputy Director with line authority for administration and policy direction of 160 staff charged with administering Oregon’s water allocation laws. Oversaw daily management of the agency’s budget development and execution, as well as human resources. Assistant Attorney General. Oregon Department of Justice, Trial Division. 1991-1995 Trial attorney for state natural resource agencies. Enforcement and defense actions in state and federal courts. Extensive work with agency enforcement/field personnel in multiple fields of expertise to frame and execute regulatory programs protecting broad public interests while also balancing business and stakeholder interests. Extensive experience in negotiated dispute resolution of conflicts. Assistant Attorney General. New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General, Environmental Protection Unit. 1986-1990 General counsel and trial attorney for state natural resource agencies. Civil and criminal enforcement actions on behalf of state regulatory agencies. Represented state in federal nuclear power plant licensing proceedings. Affiliations: Oregon Bar Member U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Certified Practitioner Oregon Wetlands Conservancy, Past Board Chair


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