In 2020, Koehler was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve as the mediator between timber and environmental groups in a collaborative effort to re-craft Oregon’s forest practices on the state’s 10 million acres of private forest land. This effort led to a historic agreement to sustainably advance both a thriving forestry economy and fish habitat conservation in Oregon streams. Earlier in his career, Koehler was a trial lawyer and later served as corporate counsel for Nike, Inc., including as the vice president responsible for managing the global legal team.
“In both philosophy and practice, Peter’s approach to collaboration aligns so naturally with FBO’s mission,” said Whitney Grubbs, Executive Director of FBO. “His voice and counsel will be invaluable as we strive to realize a shared vision for Oregon children and the systems that serve them.”
A longtime supporter of the arts and education, Koehler is a member of the Board of Directors of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, an FBO member foundation for over 15 years. His commitment to building a better Oregon for future generations also includes serving on the board of directors for the Oregon Environmental Council and Classroom Law Project, as well as past board service in support of theater, visual arts, and equitable access to legal representation in Oregon. He lives in north Marion County on a working farm.