Martin Goebel

Founder and Principal 

Martin was the founder of Sustainable Northwest in Portland, Oregon and led the organization for 19 years and continues to serve on its subsidiary Sustainable Northwest Wood.  Currently he advises private environmental sensor science company Aclima and also a number of philanthropies and partnerships including the Cooperative Advantage Collaborative and the Academy for Systemic Change.  He serves on the boards of the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund.  During the 1980’s and early 1990’s Martin served as Mexico director of TNC, CI and WWF.  He has created many local, national and regional organizations and has served on the board’s of a number of philanthropies including Summit Foundation and Compton Foundation.  He received his degree in forestry from Oregon State University and a Master’s from Texas A&M University.  Martin holds three citizenships (Mexico, USA and Germany) and is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in German.  Martin lives in Portland, Oregon where he loves to fly-fish and trail bike ride.  His favorite quote is “People don’t fear change; they fear being changed.”


Paulina Klein


Paulina is a biologist with a passion for conservation and community development, understanding there cannot be one without the other. She has experience with facilitating and coordinating multidisciplinary groups, has worked for the Mexican Government formulating and implementing land ordinance public policy in the Gulf of California, and has a vocation for transmitting knowledge to future generations through teaching. She has a profound interest in desert coastal environments and her wish is to contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of Baja California, her native and much beloved land.