Scott Lewis

Work and Volunteer




  • Founder and CEO, Brightworks Sustainability - one of the leading sustainability and green building service providers in the US.

  • Founding board chair: EcoDistricts (initally Portland Sustainability Institute)

  • Founder, co-founder, or senior team member of several startup and early stage companies, and board member and past president of several NGOs

  • Director and Past President, Oregon Natural Resources Council (now Oregon Wild!)

  • Director, Northwest Earth Institute

  • Board member (12 years), Schnitzer Steel Inc., largest domestic recycler of scrap metal in the US and industrial steel manufacturer

  • Senior aide for energy and environmental policy to national elected official and presidential nominee

  • Author of two books and numerous articles on environmental and conservation-related subjects


Education and Training

JD, Stanford Law School

BA with honors in Political Economy, Colorado College


Member, The Natural Step Associates - a small select group with advanced training in the application of the TNS framework.

Participant, Executive Champions Workshop (ECW) - executive education in organizational change led by Peter Senge.

Participant, Theory U  training - executive education in organizational change leadership led by Otto Scharmer.

Graduate, Harvard and Stanford University "Director's Colleges" - executive education for corporate board members.

Graduate, National Outdoor Leadership School - Semester in the Rockies program.

ISO14001 Lead Auditor Certification





Entrepreneurship for social change, human-powered activity in wilderness, cooking, music, photography, art, reading, meditation, yoga, friends and (most importantly) family.