meet our crackedpots staff
Kelly Caldwell, ReClaim It! Volunteer Coordinator/Operations Manager
Kelly is an environmentalist & eco-feminist, passionate about the quality of relations between people and the natural world. Driven by the intersection of art & activism, she has a long history of building and mobilizing teams of volunteers to impact everything from food insecurity to clean air and water.
Meeting new people and learning from them are among the most rewarding aspects of her work. She’s constantly improving her communication skills and seeks out unique and ethnically diverse settings where she can practice her Spanish speaking and sign language skills.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource & Environment from the University of Michigan before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, art, and garden art. She possesses a deep and abiding affinity for extending the life of useful items and reducing carbon footprint through creative re-using, upcycling, living lightly, and promoting localization.
Clark Pope, ReClaim It! Store Manager
Born in Portland, Clark studied at U of O, traveled Oregon, Hawaii, and the Southwest as an Archaeologist. He returned to Portland in ‘95 for the joys of unclehood and worked in manufacturing and architectural salvage/sales. As an archaeologist, Clark collected discarded items. He met his lovely wife on a volunteer project. He says that he’s come full circle now, working with volunteers who turn trash into treasures. When he’s not gardening, woodworking, or playing racquetball, Clark likes to try his hand at found object art projects.