Members, Officers, & Staff

The Council is made up of 23 stakeholder groups that represent a broad range of interests in the Tualatin Basin.  The agricultural interests are represented by the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, the Farm Bureau, the Nursery industry and an agriculture-at-large representative.  The Forestry interests are represented by Industrial Forestry and the Washington County Small Woodlands Association.  Businesses in Washington County are represented by Business and Industry, Homebuilders and Developers, and the Chambers of Commerce.  Local governments have representatives from cities and counties.  The urban service providers are represented by water districts, the sewer district, and parks and recreation.  In addition there are representatives from the education, environmental, and fisheries interests.  Finally several stakeholder positions are held by citizens-at-large and the citizen and neighborhood participation organization.

The various organizations select their representatives.  When there is a citizen-at-large position vacant the Council seeks applications and the Steering Committee reviews the applications and selects the representative.

Scott McEwen, Executive Director

Scott McEwen, Executive Director

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Scott McEwen, Executive Director

Scott joined the Tualatin River Watershed Council in 2018.  For the past decade and a half Scott has been a conservation leader in the Pacific Northwest.  Prior to his work with the Council, Scott served for nine years as the Conservation Director for Columbia Land Trust where he and his team permanently protected over 15,000 acres of threatened habitats in both Oregon and Washington.  He also served for three years as the Director of Technical Programs overseeing habitat restoration and ecosystem monitoring programs for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. 
Scott is passionate about understanding, conserving and restoring the diverse habitats of the northwest. His background in the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and species recovery programs in combination with his technical knowledge have resulted in the development of effective and enduring programs. When he is not at work, you can find Scott white water rafting with his family or plying the area’s estuaries and rivers with his kayak or canoe.

Samantha (Sam) Sharka

Samantha (Sam) Sharka, Project Manager

Sam joined the Council in January 2020.  She brings a broad skillset to the Council including experience in wetland science, ecological restoration, plant identification, environmental consulting, and project management. Prior to the Council, Sam worked as a Natural Resources Specialist at AKS Engineering and Forestry doing wetland delineation work.  In addition to her B.S. degree in Natural Resources – Wildlife Conservation and Management from the University of Arizona, Sam has an EPP Certificate in Wetland Delineation and a CEPE Certificate in Project Management from Portland State University.

Sam appreciates problem solving, working with organizational and community partners, and learning about the diverse culture and history of the Tualatin River Basin. When not at work, you can find Sam chipping away at a jigsaw or crossword puzzle, taking long walks through town, and enjoying time with friends.

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