OUR TEAM

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Drake Carnahan, Founding Land Steward

Drake (she/her) started Urban Village Designs LLC in 2020 as an opportunity to put her knowledge and vision into practice, and to put her skills into designing regenerative natural and social environments. 

 

Drake holds a M.S. in Sustainability Education, B.A. in Social Sciences, minor in Civic Leadership, and completed her Permaculture Design Certificate at Portland State University in 2014. She has over a decade's worth of experience in environmental conservation, urban farming, service-learning, project management, event production, group facilitation, outdoor and experiential education for youth and adults, personal coaching and mindfulness practices.

She's a dog mama, chicken, duck and bee keeper, avid backpacker (both internationally and in the backcountry), whole systems nerd, urban village enthusiast, and enjoys dreaming up and contributing to the development of future regenerative societal design. On the side, she's also a professional intuitive guide, serves on the board for Conscious Growth, and is a founding member and co-director of EARTH Space PDX.  

Connect with Drake regarding design, installation, real estate clean-ups, animal husbandry and social media at drake@urbanvillagedesigns.com.

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Kelsey Loar, Administrative Assistant

Kelsey (she/her) brings her energy to Urban Village Designs with administrative support as well as assistance on the worksite. She has permaculture experience through AmeriCorps and WWOOF, and while much of her sustainable design learning has taken place in Southwest desert habitats, she is expanding her knowledge of urban applications. 

 

Kelsey graduated Reed College with a BA in Art History, and she is stoked to be putting her research skills toward forging new processes, connections, and growth for the company. She is also a painter and wood burning artist who applies organic motifs and improvised line work across surfaces.

Reach out to Kelsey about all things admin, accounting, invoicing, human resources and scheduling at admin@urbanvillagedesigns.com

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Lucas James, Project Manager

Lucas (he/him) is a part-time musician, part-time landscape extraordinaire, bringing years of experience in nursery and project management to the Urban Village Designs team. From the beginning, Lucas has supported the company in it's development. 

Lucas rocks the drums in multiple bands in the Portland area (including Jay Si Proof), loves getting out into the backcountry, is an excellent beer brewer, and spends much of his spare time renovating the Urban Village Designs home base.

 

Talk to Lucas about pathway and patio installations at lucas@urbanvillagedesigns.com.

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Henry Case, Land Care Manager

Henry (he/him) is an active admirer of all things outdoors. An avid hiker and budding birder, he is delighted to help UVD bring the many wonders of the forest back to our homes. Henry is a firm believer we should not have to travel to isolated pockets of remote areas to see and appreciate nature. Replacing lawnscapes with healthy soil and native plants will rejuvenate ecological communities, awarding us humans with butterflies, bees, birds and much more to marvel at, right in our backyards.  

 

Henry has a bachelors in Supply Chain Management, and brings experience as a project manager and wildland firefighter to UVD. He can be found with his nose in a book or in the Columbia River Gorge.

Get on a regular land care schedule with us by emailing Henry at care@urbanvillagedesigns.com

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Jerrilee Geist, Designing Land Steward

Jerrilee (she/her) is at home with her hands in the soil tending to plants, critters, and fungi. She is excited to be working with Urban Village Designs restoring healthy ways of living to people through the artful co-creation of natural ecosystems. She brings to the table her Permaculture training along with a background in project management and design. One of the best parts of working with UVD is the active encouragement to continue her ongoing studies of mycology, ecology, native plants, natural systems, and herbalism.

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Kyle Schwartz, Lead Land Steward

Kyle has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management, a minor in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture, and certificate in Permaculture Design from the University of Vermont. He started his career with a home remodeling contractor in Minnesota in 2010 and has been working with his hands ever since. He is passionate about learning any and all methods of food production with a dream of integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge with modern technology when appropriate. He is inspired by the wisdom of ecosystem dynamics and uses biomimicry techniques that calls forth bounty and resilience for all beings in the landscapes he partners with.

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Effy Barnes, Land Steward

Effy (she/her) is a graduate student studying sustainable food systems. She's here to learn from everyone at Urban Village Designs and work on expanding into new areas such as edible gardening education.