Robert Baird
Investment Advisor
Rob has more than 30 years of experience in the investment field and he authored one of the first guides to socially responsible investing. He is a founding director of Progressive (formerly Portfolio 21 Investments) and has served as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Rob manages our community investing program for both our client and Progressive's portfolios. Rob is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. He has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, most recently The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment's Community Investing Steering Committee. Rob is an owner of Trillium Asset Management.

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Carsten Henningsen
Investment Advisor
Carsten is recognized as a pioneer in social and environmental investing having worked in the field for 35 years. He was the founder, former Chairman and CEO of Portfolio 21. Carsten is also an owner of Trillium Asset Management. He is a founding director of Community Friends and its Carbon Game education program for schools. He developed a land reforestation program recently nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He has served on the boards of The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, 1000 Friends of Oregon Foundation, the Ecotrust Council, and 1Earth Institute. Carsten is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and Nyenrode, The Netherlands School of Business.

 
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Bryceson Charlton, CFA
Investment Advisor
Bryceson is Chair of the Investment Team and focuses on portfolio management, company research and fixed income analysis. He is a CFA® charterholder* and a member of the CFA Institute. Bryceson has worked in the investment management field since 2010. He was an Investment Analyst with the University of Oregon Investment Group. Bryceson completed course work in Shanghai, China and is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Business. He served in the Air National Guard from 2007 to 2013 as a Computer Technician with the 116th Air Control Squadron.

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Diana Kaspic
Investment Advisor
Diana has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She first joined Progressive in 1994 and then worked in portfolio management and institutional trading for banks in California, Washington and Belgium. She returned to the firm in 2016 and specializes in fixed income management. Diana has volunteered with Community Friends and started its microfinance program in Sri Lanka. She has also volunteered for Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal welfare nonprofit. Diana is a graduate of the University of Chicago with degrees in Economics and Modern European History.


Client Services

Paul Pitkin
Client Services Manager
Paul has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He first joined Progressive in 1996. Paul is based in our Portland office where he works closely with our clients on all aspects of clients’ portfolio servicing needs. He also oversees our proxy voting process that allows Progressive to vote on corporate resolutions on behalf of our clients. Over the years, Progressive has initiated or co-filed 100 shareholder resolutions to influence corporate behavior on environmental, social and governance issues. Prior to joining Progressive, Paul was with Charles Schwab in both Portland and San Francisco for nine years. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.

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Amanda Plyley
Mission & Information Manager
Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, beginning with independent research firms on Wall Street focusing on corporate bonds and proxy voting. She first joined Progressive in 2004, serving on the sustainability research team and leading the Portfolio 21 brand and content program as Communications Manager. Amanda returned to the firm in 2018 and focuses on our operations and communications. A devoted supporter of the Pacific Northwest’s local food economy, she has also worked with organizations and entrepreneurs supporting small farms and organic agriculture. Amanda is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with a degree focus in history and anthropology.