Martin lives on Vashon Island where he and his wife, Donna, raised their two daughters and have helped preserve Vashon’s environment and community for over 40 years. Martin is retired, most recently from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), where he served as a Policy Advisor and finally Deputy Director. During his 20 years with SPU, he focused on environmental policy initiatives, regulatory compliance, and organizational change. Born in Seattle, Martin has been devoted to enjoying and preserving the Northwest all of his life. He began this work as Executive Director of the WEC in the late 1970s then served as a lobbyist for the Coalition Against Oil Pollution. In the 1990s, served as the Long Range Planning Manager at Metro Transit and Assistant Director of Habitat at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Martin is an avid bicyclist, sailor, and wood worker.
David Bricklin is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Bricklin & Newman, LLP. His practice emphasizes environmental, land use, and community issues. Dave earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of The Harvard Law School, where he was a co-founder and editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Dave has practiced environmental and land use law throughout Washington State since 1979. He was closely involved in the development of the Washington Growth Management Act and Model Toxics Control Act. Dave is a past president and director of the Washington Environmental Council; former co-chair of Washington Conservation Voters; a founding member and current director of Futurewise (formerly 1000 Friends of Washington) and is on the board of Climate Solutions.
Julie Colehour is founding partner of C+C, a public relations and social marketing firm that focuses on environmental and sustainability issues for a variety of public and private sector clients. She has spent her career working to motivate people to alter their behaviors for social good. Her causes have included everything from organic farming to water conservation to green building to recycling and energy-efficient products. Julie is a Seattle-area native who grew up hiking, skiing and kayaking in our beautiful backyard. She currently lives in rural unincorporated King County with her husband and son and has a daughter in college.
Linda believes in the power of travel to learn about the world and in the power of images to spark curiosity and foster insights and understanding. Linda and her husband David are Executive Producers of the award-winning documentary film “Chasing Ice” which shows one photographers’ quest to document the science of climate change.
Linda received her M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and has a B.S. from Miami University (Ohio) in Systems Analysis. Linda moved to the northwest in 1989 to work at Microsoft and quickly discovered a love for the spectacular scenery and outdoor activities in the region. She lives in Seattle on Queen Anne Hill with her husband David and enjoys travelling the world, photography, sailing, and the sport of curling.
Diana is the Director of HR at Omeros Corp, a commercial biopharma in Seattle, WA. 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 with her husband and daughter. As a previous member of the People For Puget Sound board, she is enjoying her second term on the WEC board and looks forward to continuing to explore the fabulous treasures in the Pacific Northwest.
A graduate of Seattle University Law School and Boston University, Peter was a law clerk for the late Justice James M. Dolliver at the Washington State Supreme Court. Peter worked for eleven years in the criminal division of the King County Prosecutor’s office where he was promoted to Senior Deputy. In 1997, Peter founded the Washington Forest Law Center, a non-profit public interest environmental law firm. Peter is also heavily involved in efforts to develop and promote progressive forestry policies. He and his wife Martha founded the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation in 1988. Peter is also active in helping elect environmental leaders in federal, state, and local races. He has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Peter and Martha have three boys. Peter has been a bicycle commuter his whole life. In his spare time, Peter loves to bike, climb, ski, and hike. He has climbed Broad Peak, an 8,000 meter peak in Pakistan other big mountains around the world.
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 continues to provide legal advice on other shoreline and forestry issues.
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.
Jim serves as Microsoft’s first head of datacenter sustainability, focusing on mitigating the environmental impact of the growing cloud computing infrastructure through responsible site selection of datacenters, green building and renewable energy policy engagement. Previously, Jim served as Starbucks global head of sustainability, 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.
Shin Shin is currently the Operations Director for Win/Win, an organization working on building a politically and civically powerful network to advance social, racial, and economic equity and thriving communities across Washington State. Prior to joining Win/Win, she dabbled in campaign management, leadership development, conservation corps programming, fair trade, international programs & exchange, and primate ecology. Shin Shin spends her time outside of the office enjoying big family potlucks, trips to Lake Cavanaugh, geeking out about organizational development and daydreaming about moving to Madagascar to start an eco-tourism company.
Jeff Johnson was elected President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO in 2010. His work has focused on legislation that improves the lives of working people through increasing collective bargaining and organizing rights and protecting the rights of farm workers, economic justice and anti-poverty measures, and immigrant workers, among other strategies. Prior to first joining the WSLC staff in 1986, Jeff served as special assistant to the president, lead lobbyist, research and organizing director, and shop steward for his staff unit, which is part of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8.
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, playing soccer, sea kayaking, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Long Beach Peninsula.
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 is in her second term as a member of Washington Environmental Council and her first term as a member of the Executive Committee. She is a native of Oklahoma City, and 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 and practiced family law until her retirement in 2014. 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 is serving on the board of the Seattle Aquarium and co-chair of the Aquarium’s Conservation and Education Committee in addition to membership on the Public Partnerships Committee and the Executive Committee. She is a member of Friends of Cooper Island, a 501(c)3 supporting a 40 year bird study on a remote island of Alaska which was until recently 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.
Sydney is currently a law student at the University of Washington. Sydney was born and raised in Federal Way, WA. Prior to attending law school, Sydney was the campaign manager for the Washington State Attorney General’s re-election campaign. She has also worked at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office as a Policy Analyst and at Disability Rights Washington as a legal intern. In her free time, Sydney enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and knitting.
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.
Amy has been a planned giving officer with the 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.
Sapna Sopori was born in Arizona as a first generation Indian-American, raised by a single-mother whose own challenges and opportunities in this country shaped Sapna’s understanding of the intersection between race, gender, and immigrant-status. Sapna has spent 16 years working in environmental education. In her current position with IslandWood as the Director of Youth and Community Education, Sapna works with her staff to decolonize their programs to ensure that the reason they do the work is not undermined by how they do it. In these programs, stakeholder input drives evolution, which is constantly explored to unearth the embedded saviorism and deficit modeling so prevalent in the greater field. Sapna also works with IslandWood’s Graduate Programs, teaching the Nonprofit Leadership course, in which the next generation of nonprofit leaders are challenged to uncover and address the hidden biases in the administrative systems, from hiring practices to board development to fundraising. Outside of her work with IslandWood, Sapna is active with and learns from the Seattle chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and facilitates their Fellows of Color Affinity Group. Sapna was recently honored with the Kitsap YWCA’s Mission Award for Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. Sapna firmly believes that she has been fortunate to have all of these life experiences as a result of the generosity, courage, and support of those around her, and she strives to do this belief in her justice.
Will has been involved with environment and natural resource issues throughout his career. He spent a decade plus in Washington D.C in a variety of roles. Legislatively, he served as staff counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and as chief counsel for the House House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, covering civilian ocean and coastal affairs, fish and wildlife and selected environmental laws and coast guard/maritime matters. He switch to the Executive branch to work as a special assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to craft the Northwest Forest Plan, and then moved to the White House to referee interdepartmental natural resource issues. Will then moved to the Puget Sound region in the mid 1990s and served two tours of duty as Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries under the Clinton and Obama administrations, first for the northwest region and then for a reconfigured west coast region. In this role, he was the chief architect of the Federal salmon recovery program under the ESA, and deeply immersed in shaping the four salmon program “H’s” of habitat, hatcheries, harvest and hydropower reforms spanning the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. Will led Federal negotiations on California water operations affecting the major salmon watersheds throughout years of difficult drought. He also co-chaired the Federal Puget Sound Caucus and was deeply immersed in Tribal affairs. Will spends his spare time with his wife Claudia working their old homestead on the north shore of Penn Cove, Whidbey Island. They have four big boys.
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.
Peggy has 30 years professional experience working in local government technical and senior managerial positions, including serving as Technology and Management Information Manager for King County Metro Transit, directing strategic planning, market research efforts and transit technology projects. A lifelong conservationist, Peggy served on environmental boards including the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Olympic Coast Alliance and as Chair of the Alaska Coalition of Washington. Peggy grew up in Seattle, completed her doctorate from the University of Washington, and taught at Fort Lewis-McChord and Pacific Lutheran University. Peggy and her husband Ted, enjoy hiking, sailing, skiing, and shrub steppe land restoration. They have traveled to every continent and have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the GR5, the Rota Vicentina and plan to complete the Continental Divide Trail. She was the first female yacht club Commodore in the Northwest and has extensive personal experience recreating in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea.