Board of Directors
A short description of current members of the Board of Directors
- Margaret Clancy
- Diana Craig
- Marc Daudon
- Brian Gruber
- Jim Hanna
- Laura Hastings
- Deb Hagen-Lukens
- Nancy Hirsh
- Janice Huseby
- Ken Lederman
- Chandra Lewnau
- Melissa Mager
- Jay Manning, WEC President
- David McCaughey
- Aiko Schaefer
- Amy Scott
- Sapna Sopori
- Stephanie Solien
- Toby Thaler
- Alex Thompson
- Todd Vogel
- Daniel Weise
Margaret has worked as a wetland scientist and environmental consultant for 20 years. A major focus of her consulting practice is natural resource policy development and she is actively involved in shoreline management, critical area protection, and efforts to restore Puget Sound. She was inspired to join the WEC board by her volunteer work with Earth Share of Washington.
Diana is a human resource professional with biology roots. With a degree in Fish and Wildlife from Montana State University, she worked for NOAA as a fish observer in Alaska. Her HR work has been in a variety of industries most notably Amazon.com, Nastech Pharmaceutical, and Intermec Technology. She spends her free time birding, participating in citizen science projects, and traveling. As a previous member of the People For Puget Sound board, she is excited to join the WEC board and looks forward to continuing to explore with her husband and daughter the fabulous treasures in the Pacific Northwest.
Marc works as a consultant helping public and private sector clients achieve resource conservation outcomes such as eliminating waste, increasing recycling, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving water, and conserving biodiversity. He was on Washington Conservation Voters board for 10 years and board chair for three.
Brian’s commitment to protecting the environment arises from long-standing personal and professional interests. He has always enjoyed the outdoors, from early family trips to the National Parks to backcountry experiences canoeing, backpacking and climbing. This led Brian to law school where he hoped to follow in the steps of conservationists who used the law to protect and preserve our water, air, natural landscapes and the animals that inhabit them. Brian’s dual interests in the environment were joined when he moved to the West, first as an attorney at Earthjustice and, since 2003, with the Seattle law firm of Ziontz Chestnut. His current position melds work on natural resource issues for Indian Tribes with legal action protecting Washington’s environment. Brian represented WEC in early phases of the Maury Island gravel mine fight and opposing the Links at Half Moon Bay development near Westport and continue to provide legal advice on other shoreline and forestry issues.
Jim joined Starbucks Coffee Company in November 2005, leading the company’s initiatives to minimize the environmental footprint through green building, energy conservation, international procurement, waste minimization and collaboration with partner corporations and NGOs, and lobbying elected officials. Before coming home to Washington, Jim served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park, where he worked to protect one of the world’s greatest natural treasures.
Laura first served on the Board from 2003-2005, representing the Mountaineers. She is a Human Resource Executive with over 20 years experience in building strong teams and creating organizational cultures that lead to success. Laura is also an active member of Social Venture Partners (SVP), an organization that seeks to develop philanthropy and volunteerism to achieve positive social change in the Puget Sound region.
Deb has been a lecturer in entrepreneurship at UW’s Michael G. Foster School of Business since 2007, a self-employed marketing communications consultant since 2006, and an environmental advocate since her teen years when she started hiking trails and loving water. A seasoned communications consultant, Deb has worked with major brands in consumer packaged goods and high technology, startups in a wide range of industries from high tech to clean tech, and non-profits focused on housing, equity and the environment. Deb’s spare time goes to mentoring startups, hiking trails, gardening and enjoying Seattle’s great music and theatre.
Nancy has been working to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency investments and low-income energy services for the past 24 years. As policy director at the NW Energy Coalition, she works with non-profits and businesses in legislative and regulatory forums. She has served four years on the Board of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and continues to serve as Chair of the Board of the Renewable Northwest Project. Nancy worked with WEC to help pass Initiative 937 - the Citizens' Clean Energy Initiative, the Efficiency First law, and incentives for renewable energy development - successes that highlight the winning combination of technical/policy expertise and political and grassroots campaign power. Prior to joining NWEC, she spent twelve years in Washington, DC working on national energy policy issues for Environmental Action Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation. She received her training in environmental policy from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources.
Ken’s first job after arriving in Washington in 1993 was serving as a legal intern with WEC. He has practiced environmental law with government (serving as an AAG for now-Governor Chris Gregoire on behalf of the Washington State Department of Ecology) and now with Foster Pepper PLLC. Ken has been involved with Washington Conservation Voters for the past 10 years, serving as the chair of the King County Chapter, and as the chair of the WCV State Board. Ken, along with his wife, Meredith, and his daughter, Alexandra, love to spend their time skiing, riding their bikes, sea kayaking, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Long Beach Peninsula.
Creative Thinker & Sustainable Business Advocate
Janice previously served on WEC’s board focusing on Board Development, linking recruitment with the strategic skill and profile needs of WEC. Over the past 20 years, she has served her community as an active community volunteer. Janice has held Senior Management positions at a number of corporations, while completing a B.S. & M.B.A at the University of CA, Berkeley. Additionally, she was a founding partner with her husband of SeaPoint Ventures, a technology venture capital business focused on telephony investments.
Chandra moved to Seattle in 2010 after practicing law in Austin, Texas for over 10 years. She has worked on several successful appeals, and her current practice areas include estate planning, probate, small business, and nonprofit law. Chandra had her first experience with public advocacy while working as a lobbyist and media relations intern for a consumer group as an undergraduate. She has volunteered extensively with a number of nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as Vice President of FixAustin, an animal welfare advocacy group that led the successful campaign to reform the city’s animal shelter and make Austin the largest “no kill” community in the nation. Chandra is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law. In her spare time, Chandra enjoys walking and swimming with her two rescue dogs, kayaking, reading, learning about new technologies, and the elusive search for the best coffee shop in Seattle.
Melissa, a native of Oklahoma City, spent eight years in Washington, D.C. as legislative staff to a U.S. Senator, one year with Washington state’s Speaker of the House and four years as professional staff to an Oklahoma Governor. After being admitted to the Washington Bar in 1991, she clerked for King County Superior Court Judge Charles W. Mertel. She joined the Law Offices of Cynthia B. Whitaker in 1994 where she continues to practice family law. An active volunteer, Melissa was a member of People For Puget Sound for 20 years. She served on the board for 13 years and served as Board President from 2006 to 2008. Currently, Melissa also serves on the board of Friends of Cooper Island, supporting a 35 year bird study on a remote island of Alaska now threatened by Shell Oil Company’s plans to drill off the coast of Barrow. Melissa is a triathlete who enjoys a variety of activities including jazz singing, backpacking, sailing, swimming, biking, and fundraising for her favorite causes with Puget Sound issues topping the list.
Jay is a partner at Cascadia Law Group, the leading environmental law firm in the northwest. Prior to joining Cascadia, Jay was Chief of Staff to Governor Chris Gregoire, where he worked closely with the Governor, her Cabinet, legislators and stakeholders in addressing all aspects of state government operations and all manner of public policy issues. Before that, Jay was the Director of the Washington Department of Ecology, where he focused on water rights and policy, Puget Sound restoration and energy and climate issues. Jay has been married to his wife Lorraine for 31 years and they have three grown children, and one granddaughter. Jay enjoys spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, and also finds time to ride his mountain bike, ski, hike and cook.
Account Executive, Sanofi & Environmental Advocate
David is a scientist at heart, asking how do 'things' work, or as in many cases, how do things end up not working? Celebrating 25 years in healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturing, he has a diverse interest base which includes population, energy, the environment, and how as a society we can impart the fewest harms. Energy, its generation, and how we consume it, lead him to Element 8, formerly the Northwest Energy Angels, which in turn brought him to be involved with a MoveOn.org founder and helping non-regulated energy consumers invest in sustainably generated power for their homes.
Strategic Consultant (Environmental Equity)
Aiko knows and cares a lot about poverty and inequality, having spent nearly 20 years of her career engaging other people of color and those with lower incomes to advocate for equity. She has worked on environmental and partisan campaigns at the state and federal levels. The majority of Aiko’s career was as the founding Director of the Statewide Poverty Action Network, Washington State's largest anti-poverty advocacy organization. She also served the Communications and External Relations Director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and currently on the faculty at the University of Washington. She also is a consultant to non-profits, foundations, and political campaigns.
Associate Director, Planned Giving at University of Washington
University of Washington since 2003, and has worked to help non-profit organizations secure donations for over 16 years. Amy was previously on the board of Sustainable Ballard and is a member of the Washington Planned Giving Council. Additionally, she has volunteered for several political campaigns, including efforts to oppose Initiatives 601 and 602. As a Seattle native, Amy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing throughout the Northwest.
Stephanie has worked in politics, government and the nonprofit arena for more than 25 years in Washington, D.C. and Washington State. She served as national political director for the Clinton Presidential campaign in 1992 and as a lead strategist of President Clinton’s successful 1993 Pacific Northwest Forest Summit in Portland, OR. Stephanie was chair of Washington Conservation Voters from 1998-2001. She is a member of Social Venture Partners serving on the environmental advocacy committee and is on the board of Town Hall Seattle.
Director of Residential School Programs, Islandwood
Sapna has spent her career in environmental education non-profits working in the fields and classrooms to provide equitable access to high quality education for all children. As a former executive director of a grassroots non-profit, she honed the skills necessary to harness her passion and turn it into a compelling narrative to expand the resources of her organization. She is fully committed to removing barriers that limit the equitable access of people of color to the natural resources of Washington State, from internalized and interpersonal to structural and systemic.
As a lawyer and policy analyst, Toby has worked with environmental groups, Tribes, local governments, and others on forestry, fisheries, water quality, land use, and development issues for over thirty years. Toby became the first staff attorney at WEC in the mid 1990s, organizing the volunteer public interest bar to represent WEC and other conservation advocates. From 1998 through 2006, he was staff attorney at the Washington Forest Law Center. Toby is presently a Natural Resource Law & Policy consultant. One of his current projects is serving as faculty on the Model Forest Policy Program's 2010 project, working with six communities around the country on climate change adaptation focused on forests and water.
As VP of communications and public affairs for REI, Alex serves as a steward of the co-op. His job involves partnering with hundreds of non-profits and representing the interests of 5.5 million REI members who love life outdoors. It began with voluntary work in rural Zimbabwe, which revealed both the potential and pitfalls of attempting to influence life choices. Growing up and living in expanding concrete cities (London, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York) has given him a deep hunger to be in, around and working for natural beauty. Since arriving here in Seattle, all of Alex’s spare time is spent discovering the breathtaking Pacific Northwest.
Todd is Managing Director of Loom, a foundation focused on projects at the intersection of the environment and social equity. He has been a leader in Seattle at helping people re-envision public space, and his attention to public space emphasizes the inclusion of traditionally marginalized populations. In 2008, Todd was a TFN PLACES fellow to study equity, diversity, and environmentally responsible place-making. Prior to working in the philanthropy and non-profit world, he chaired the American Studies program at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, where he taught about race and class in American culture. Todd serves as chair of the Board of Social Venture Partners, Seattle, and also created and operates the Northwest Sustainability Collaborative, an office hub for sustainability not-for-profit and for-profit firms in Seattle. He has a Master’s degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Daniel arrived in the Seattle area in 1992 from a professorship at Stanford University to be part of the then nascent Microsoft Research. He spent much of his time at Microsoft Research working on automatic bug detection and program analysis tools. He left Microsoft to follow interests in biotechnology and molecular biology. Unfortunately, his scientific training left him susceptible to deeply understanding the physics of climate change and dynamical systems, as well as how the process of science itself requires that the actual threat be understated. Daniel now spends his time tracking climate change literature. He holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT. To relax, Daniel likes to cycle around on his road bike and grow vegetables in his garden.