Rein focuses on engaging our members, activists, and public on all things Puget Sound. Previously, Rein was the Advocacy Manager at People For Puget Sound, where he did the following: organized the annual lobby day for the environmental community, generating grassroots support during the legislative session; built a diverse stakeholder coalition building on oil spill issues; managed activists, interns and volunteers; and helped garner public support for a strong Action Agenda for the health of Puget Sound. Two factors drew Rein to the Sound in 2004: being a Pisces and his childhood spent on the beaches and salt marshes of Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. San Juan Island’s beauty and its archipelago landscape bring solace, calm, and appreciation to him. Plus, he loves picking his own oysters at the Westcott Bay Oyster Farm. When not at work, Rein loves to travel, bike, hike, sail, cook, and sauna in his back yard, all the time with his wife Marcy.
Paul is the Donor Relations Director for WEC. He has been working in the Northwest environmental movement for over eighteen years, and began his nonprofit career fundraising for the groundbreaking Cascades Conservation Partnership campaign for Conservation Northwest. His prior nonprofit experience includes positions with National Parks Conservation Association and Woodland Park Zoo. Earlier in his career, Paul worked in software technical sales and product marketing for Microsoft, and “way back when” he even spent several years in the exciting world of public accounting (which included passing the CPA exam). When he’s not at work, Paul likes to spend time with his dog, volunteer for wildlife surveys, hike, cross country ski, paddleboard, and play guitar. Trivia: his favorite Northwest animal is the wolverine!
Eleanor advances policies and campaigns to reduce climate pollution in an equitable way. Prior to joining WEC in 2019, Eleanor was awarded a climate policy fellowship from Wellesley College and spent time in Norway, Germany, and Morocco investigating efforts to promote renewables and limit carbon emissions. From 2009 to 2017, Eleanor served in the U.S. House and Senate, including four years as Legislative Director for Representative Diana DeGette of Denver. Eleanor lives in Seattle with her partner Allison and their puppy Bruce. She enjoys playing soccer, going to shows, and reading the Sunday paper.
Lennon is Civic Engagement Director for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Lennon is from Sumas, WA and graduated from St. Martin’s University with a B.A. in Political Science. After college he spent time raising funds for the DNC in Denver and then moved to San Francisco to work with MoveOn.org to win back the Senate in 2006. Lennon then worked for the John Edwards presidential campaign in Iowa and Nevada before moving back to Washington. Most recently Lennon served as the Finance Director for Washington United for Marriage and Yes on 522. In his free time you’ll find Lennon with his wife Marissa and friends, skiing, running, or spending time near the water.
Alec joined WEC after working on federal environmental policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Washington, DC. He received Master of Forestry and Master of Environmental Management degrees from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. In previous roles he worked on the staff of a Congressman and drove the Compost Cab. A native of the southeast, Alec enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, a good book, and meals with friends and family.
As the Stormwater and Toxics Policy Manager, Michelle works on policy approaches to reduce stormwater and toxics impacts on water, wildlife, and people. Michelle’s passion for Puget Sound developed during her graduate work at the University of Washington studying the effects of stormwater on salmon. Although she loved wearing the scientist hat, she wanted to work through a more people-focused lens and decided to enter the policy world. As a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Washington DC, Michelle drafted and analyzed legislation related to environmental justice, coastal resilience, and more. At WEC, Michelle is excited to combine her passions for promoting environmental justice and Puget Sound recovery. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys being in the mountains, on the water, and experimenting with new recipes.
As the Fossil Fuel Campaign Manager, Anna directs the Stand Up To Oil campaign and supports coalitions across the Pacific Northwest defending our water, air, and communities from new fossil fuel infrastructure. With a background in both environmental policy and labor organizing, Anna is committed to building diverse coalitions in the fight for a just transition to a clean economy. Prior to joining WEC, Anna worked as a policy associate at the Environmental Defense Fund, advocating for strong state climate and clean energy policies in California. Anna has also worked as a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ in Boston and a teaching fellow and organizing trainer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government under the leadership of Marshall Ganz. Anna holds a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a Master in City Planning from MIT. She is thrilled to call Seattle her new home and can be found exploring the Northwest’s beautiful public lands, park-by-park, in her running shoes, hiking boots, and soccer cleats.
Grace graduated from Western Washington University with a dual major in Political Science and Creative Writing and a minor in Education and Social Justice. She brings her passions for both advocacy and storytelling to WEC as the Communications Associate. Her previous career experience is in student leadership and legislative advocacy at the Washington State level. She has also been a barista, a nanny, and a field organizer for voter registration efforts and for a local campaign. She has a lot of love for her home of Tacoma, and in her free time, you can find her watching bad reality TV, reading literary fiction, cooking vegan meals, or swimming in the cold Puget Sound waters in Longbranch, Washington.
Sarah joins Washington Environmental Council with a degree from University of Puget Sound in Sociology and Environmental Policy. During her time at University of Puget Sound, Sarah volunteered with the Surfrider Foundation coordinating beach clean-ups and community outreach. After college, she worked with Washington Conservation Voters as a Community Outreach Intern to elect environmental champions and later as a Climate Organizing Fellow to put Initiative 1631 on the ballot. Sarah is passionate about advocating for environmental justice and is excited to start work as a Field Organizer. In her free time, Sarah can be found hiking, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying good food in Seattle.
Julie relishes the variety of providing human resources and administrative support for WEC. From an early age, her family of seven lived up and down the West Coast, instilling a love for outdoor adventure wherever they landed. She has fond memories of growing up in Oregon, California, Alaska, and eventually Washington. Julie’s Seattle-based career choices are a veritable box of chocolates: social media strategist, small business owner, school registrar, and legal assistant. A life-long learner, Julie holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Washington, and certificates in Human Resources Management, Nonprofit Fundraising Management, and Social Media Strategy and Implementation. Julie is happiest meandering anywhere on a Northwest hiking trail.
Katherine (Kat) Holmes serves as Field Director for Washington Environmental Council. She fell in love with field work as an Organizing Fellow with Fuse Washington and is excited to help build coalitions and develop grassroots power for the environment throughout Washington state. Kat grew up in Kent, Washington, fell in love with Puget Sound at Salt Water State Park, and graduated with a degree in Biology/Ecology, from Western Washington University. A teacher and community builder at heart, she spent 15 years teaching martial arts and leading volunteer projects with Starbucks in Bellingham. She moved back to Kent to be closer to her mother, became active with 350 Seattle and WEC and is ready bring a racial justice lens to environmental advocacy. Kat loves coffee, food, farmers, poetry and can be found training and playing outside in her free time.
Tony joins our team from the Washington DC area via Eastern Washington. After Tony graduated from the nation’s top historically black university, Howard University, with a BA in Political Science, he began working in public service. A job with the Yakima Police Department brought Tony to Washington State where he organized the first ever department-wide training for LGBT rights and sensitivity. Tony fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about taking an active role in keeping the environment beautiful for future generations and for all communities. Tony can usually be found in the gym, reading, and is particularly devoted to anything related to DC comics.
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Lauren manages foundation grantseeking activities for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Prior to joining WEC, she served as Grants Coordinator at El Centro de la Raza. Lauren grew up in Seattle and holds a degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. She is involved in the local choral scene and serves on the board of the Byrd Ensemble. In her free time, Lauren loves to travel, bike, sing, and arrange vocal music.
Faye worked with Washington Environmental Council as the Swim Duwamish Intern in 2015. After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Ecological Systems, she went on to work for the Whale Trail and Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Faye returns to WEC as the Development and Events Associate, supporting the Development team. In her free time, you can find her on her yoga mat or at the beach with her dog.
Emily joined WEC and WCV in early 2016 as part of the field team and is now the Civic Engagement Manager for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Emily is from Seattle originally but got her career start in Whatcom County, where she worked at Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities and dove headfirst into the battle to prevent fossil fuel infrastructure in the community. She later gained experience in the political realm by managing a local County Council campaign before making her way back to Seattle. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Economics/Environmental Studies. Emily spends her time when she is not at her desk enjoying the outdoors on skis, with running shoes, or on a bike, exploring farmers markets and happy hours around Seattle, and hanging out with her cat.
Rae joined WEC after completing a Master’s of Communication at University of Washington with the Communication Leadership program, where they focused on visual storytelling. This choice of study was not random: during their time volunteering with UW Fisheries, they were drawn to the challenge of communicating about environmental science and policy. Rae earned dual degrees in Neuroscience and Art at Pomona College. When not taking photos, filming, or working in Adobe, you can find Rae brewing tea, drawing or painting, or playing the violin in an ensemble.
Alyssa Macy is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon and was raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She is of the Wasco, Navajo, and Hopi descent. Most recently, she served her Nation as the Chief Operations Officer where she was responsible for $33 million in tribal programming and services. Her previous experiences include working transportation, campaign management, communications and international advocacy within United Nations bodies. She is a published writer and co-authored the first ever national report on Native American voting in 2005. Alyssa has been a foster parent to 6 children and her oldest daughter is in her second year of college. In her spare time, she spends time reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors. She is a graduate of Arizona State University where she received her B.S. in Justice Studies and did her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
Kathy leads the overall fundraising and development activities for both Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Kathy has over 20 years of fundraising experience, nearly all of it in the environmental sector. She was lured back to WEC/WCV after a seven year absence, during which time she worked as the Development Director for Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that specializes in environmental issues. During her tenure there she helped to nearly triple the organization’s budget, and as a member of the management team, established the structure and systems that successfully guided Resource Media through this period of rapid growth. For ten years Kathy served as WEC’s Development Director, creating the organization’s overall fundraising framework. Kathy is a graduate of Colorado State University and has a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising from the University of Washington. She and her husband are slowly remodeling an old home and restoring its gardens. When not pondering which native plants grow best in dry shade or how to repair a stone wall, they spend time as much time as possible hiking and biking.
Morgan serves as a Field Organizer for WEC. Born and grown in the city of Seattle on Coast Salish territory, she decided to return after college to give back to the place that raised her. Morgan graduated with a degree in Archaeology and minor in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. A fan of experiential learning, she has worked as a trail builder, archaeological technician, organic farmer, vegan barista, and outdoor educator. She has organized with 350 Seattle developing and directing campaigns to mobilize people against fossil fuels and for climate justice, and with Plant for the Planet to support youth climate activism. She speaks passable Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese and loves learning new languages – so if you see her around, please don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation!
Lucy joins the administrative team at WEC as the Salesforce Administrator and Data Systems Manager. Over the last few years, she worked various roles at another local non-profit, but ultimately developed an affinity for database management. She loves the intertwined connections, analysis, and visualization of data that can provide insightful information to increase effectiveness and efficiency in an organization’s mission. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys biking, camping, and swimming.
As an Administrative Associate, Colton assists with financial operations and provides administrative support for Washington Environmental Council. He’s a graduate of Seattle University and holds degrees in Economics and Finance. Prior to joining WEC, he interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and worked as an Accounting & Risk Management Analyst with a financial firm in Bellevue, WA. When not working, you can find him fly-fishing, climbing, or volunteering with various river restoration organizations.
Tina has spent most of her career creating, launching and leading programs, community initiatives and events for a variety of clients. She founded and managed Surfin’ Seafood, a first-of-its-kind sustainable seafood home delivery service. After selling her business, Tina became involved with Smart Catch, a restaurant seafood sustainability program, with Paul G. Allen/Vulcan. She hopes that her passion for connecting ideas, people, teams and community will contribute to WEC’s efforts to protect Washington’s environment. Tina has a bachelor’s degree in Communications & Political Science from University of Washington, spent time teaching English in Japan and, in her free time, loves to spend time with her two children, travel, hike, bike, ski and paddle.
Meralina, originally from the Bay Area, moved to Seattle to continue her career in environmentalism. She worked under the regional director of the Department of Interior – Office of Environmental Compliance to bring more equitable policies to the region. While attending UC Berkeley studying Sustainable and Equitable Development, she worked for Berkeley Food Institute, helping create a more equitable food system. She went on to Geneva, Switzerland where she worked with the U.N, the World Health Organization, and multinational corporations to help realize their sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals. In her free time you can find her traveling the world to scuba dive or baking.
Shannon is the Chief Campaigns Officer of Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters and leads the organizations’ campaign and accountability strategies. She has over a decade of electoral and legislative campaign experience and has been with WCV since 2008, becoming President in 2014. Shannon has been a leader in building strategic partnerships with labor, environmental, business, and people of color-led organizations to advance electoral and environmental policy goals, most notably serving on the Governance Board for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy. In addition, as President, Shannon has helped grow WCV’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to one of the largest in the state. Before becoming WCV President, she managed WCV’s coordinated effort to first elect Governor Jay Inslee in 2012 and WCV’s nationally recognized victory to elect an anti-coal majority to the Whatcom County Council in 2013. Shannon started her career as an organizer and brings that lens to her work today. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Raised in Oregon and now a Washingtonian for over fifteen years, she loves the Pacific Northwest and spends as much time as she can outdoors, especially hiking with her husband Ben and dog Milo.
Kristi manages WEC’s digital strategy, online tools, website, and email communications and is a graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. She was previously a climate campaign intern with WEC and also interned with King County’s Water and Land Resources Division. As a fourth generation Japanese American, Kristi brings a passion for racial and social justice to her work. In her free time, Kristi is a member of the Environmental Professionals of Color Seattle and enjoys crafting, cooking, and Zumba.
Darcy works across WEC’s program areas to pass and defend environmental laws and secure public funding for essential programs and projects. Darcy has more than a decade of experience in environmental law and policy issues including land and water conservation, renewable energy development, water law, toxic pollution cleanup and prevention, salmon and steelhead recovery, and budgeting. She also has experience managing high-profile election campaigns in several states and worked with the AFL-CIO to create an affiliate organization for non-union households. Darcy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. When she is not in the office, Darcy is usually having fun with her family by gardening, whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, and cheering on the Sounders and the Green Bay Packers.
Sally joined the Evergreen Forests team in 2018 after completing a Community Outreach and Legislative Internship at WEC, during which she focused on grassroots organizing and advocacy. Born and raised in Southeast Alaska, Sally graduated from Whitman College with a biology degree and a passion for ecology and natural resource conservation. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked and interned in the labs of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and NOAA Fisheries, dissecting salmon and collecting data for research and commercial fisheries management. In her free time, Sally hikes, runs, and expresses her love of the Pacific Northwest in drawings and paintings of regional wildlife and scenery.
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Sean Pender worked at WEC for the first time from 1997-2000, when he was the Office Manager/Development Associate. Starting in 2001, he worked at an organization that provided technology consulting services to nonprofit conservation groups. Over the course of his decade there, he mostly did administrative and HR tasks, with healthy dollops of IT support, fundraising support, Salesforce administration and proofreading thrown in. Starting in January 2013, he’s back for another round, excited to be working as the Administrative Director for WEC and WCV. Sean has a degree in Political Science from Western Washington University and in his spare time he enjoys riding his bikes, reading non-fiction, and spending time with his daughter.
Miguel is all about the forest. From his days as a field forester, to his time as the State Manager for Forests with the Department of Natural Resources, he has promoted ecological forestry in Washington State. He has joined WEC’s Evergreen Forest Program Team as the State Forest Policy Advisor. Prior to joining WEC, Miguel served Governor Jay Inslee as his Executive Director for Legislative Policy. When not working for WEC, Miguel can be found hiking in the Enchantments or enchanting others on the guitar.
Rebecca joined WEC in 2013 and has more than a decade of experience in environmental policy and advocacy. At WEC, Rebecca directs the climate and fossil fuel program and manages the broad coalition fighting oil infrastructure through the Stand Up To Oil campaign, which has stopped oil terminals across Washington and Oregon. Before joining WEC, Rebecca worked for several years in salmon recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership and Shared Strategy and before that did environmental permitting and compliance at the Department of Ecology. She has a duel master’s degree from the University of Washington in Urban Planning and in Public Administration. When she isn’t fighting the oil industry, Rebecca enjoys exploring our waterways and mountains with her daughter and husband.
Lisa Remlinger is the Chief Policy Officer for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Lisa oversees all policy teams including climate, forests, and Puget Sound. Some of Lisa’s notable work for WEC includes the creation of our annual Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference, State of Our Public Lands Report Card, and the Nisqually Carbon Project. Lisa has worked for non-profits most of her career because they are her happy place where she feels she can make a difference and work with others who want to do the same. Lisa has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University where she published work on public health, conservation, and development collaboration as well as received a policy fellowship to work with the United Nations Environmental Program in Geneva. When not at work Lisa is usually with her husband, son, and friends. She has also served on various boards including Wolf Haven International. Always up for a new challenge, Lisa has summited Mt Rainier, coached long-distance running, swam across lake Washington, and biked from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR.
Mindy joined WEC in 2016 to lead the People For Puget Sound program, where she dedicates time to improving and maintaining the health of our unique ecosystem. Her previous work focused on identifying sources of contamination to Washington’s waters – streams, rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound – and designing management plans for the Department of Ecology. She has a serious nerd background, with environmental engineering degrees from Berkeley (BS), MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MS), and UW (Ph.D.). Mindy’s specialties are tackling complex problems and communicating solutions with decisionmakers. In her spare time, she can usually be found teaching mountaineering, climbing the high peaks of the Cascades and Olympics, kayaking Puget Sound, managing a forest preserve on the Kitsap Peninsula, or traveling and diving around the world with her husband Jim. Mindy is a proud Tacoma resident.
Dre (they/them) serves as a Field Organizer at WEC. Dre graduated from Boston University with a BA in International Relations and Religion. They were introduced to the strong environmental justice movement in the region through Got Green. Since then, they have organized with various grassroots groups and non-profits to fight for environmental justice in King County, especially for low-income people of color. Dre’s primary loves are talking about politics and religion, empowering others (especially youth) to get involved in politics, drinking coffee, and cooking and eating spicy peanut soba noodles.
As the local government affairs manager, Danielle builds bridges between WEC’s work and local government actions. Joining WEC in 2014, Danielle initially provided policy research and analysis for legislative efforts and accountability tools. She soon joined the People For Puget Sound team, where she focused on green infrastructure, clean water regulations, and orca recovery. Prior to joining WEC, Danielle gained experience in international and domestic environmental policy clerking for NOAA’s Alaska Regional Counsel and the International Environmental Law Project. She earned her B.A. from Western Washington University, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Danielle spends her summers around a campfire with her pup, her falls rooting for the Packers, her winters in search of a good brass band, and her springs trying to figure out how to fly fish.
Griffin joined Washington Environmental Council as a Development and Events Intern in February 2014 and was lucky enough to continue as part of the Development team after his internship ended. Griffin grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and then traded one side of Puget Sound for the other when he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where he received his degree in English and Political Science. You can find Griffin near the water, out on a hike, or enjoying a jog on any of Seattle’s many running trails.
Clifford has been the contracted, full-time state lobbyist for both Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council since November 2002. He is responsible for the state lobbying programs for these two statewide environmental organizations. He spends much of his time in Olympia lobbying on behalf of the environmental community Priorities. Clifford has over 20 years of public and private sector experience both in Washington state and Washington, D.C. During his 11-year tenure in D.C., Clifford held positions as a political consultant; a staff member and congressional investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by John D. Dingell (D-Michigan); and a federal lobbyist in the private sector for the Grocery Manufacturers of America. Since arriving in Seattle in 1995, Clifford has held senior level local government posts as a legislative assistant for Seattle City Council member Martha Choe and as the City of Seattle’s Director of Intergovernmental Relations under Mayor Paul Schell. He has also consulted on intergovernmental matters for the City of Seattle’s Department of Public Utilities. Campaign experience includes a role as Research Director on Patty Murray’s successful 1992 campaign for U.S. Senate. Clifford is a graduate of University of Kansas and lives in Seattle with his wife, three sons, one daughter, and two dogs.
Max joined the Evergreen Forest Program after completing a Master’s of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While at graduate school, Max’s studies focused on community-based approaches to conservation and ways to support sustainable land based economies. In the past, Max has developed new enterprise opportunities for loggers and landowners in the northeast and worked with community members to create restoration plans for parks in underserved communities. A native of Ohio, he is also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and spent seven years building community garden programs before working as a field team leader with the National Civilian Community Corps on conservation projects in Alaska, California and Oregon. In his spare time, Max can be most often found in the garden, on the trail or in the kitchen.
Interns and Fellows
Nikki is excited to dive into environmental work as a Community Engagement and Campaign intern with the WEC. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Communications in December of 2019, with aspirations of becoming a PR specialist. During her academic career, she has contributed to the betterment of Whatcom County by advocating for the homeless and co-creating a tenant rights site for college residents; has done extensive research on intercultural relations, mentored college students on the art of public speaking as an Instructor’s Assistant, and dedicated her senior ethics paper to sustainable fashion. Vocationally, she has over 6 years of customer service experience in retail and social services. She is passionate about environmental justice and is eager to continue the movement as a proud representative of this organization.
Grace is thrilled to learn more about organizing and environmental advocacy as a Community Engagement and Campaign Intern for WEC. She is currently a senior at Western Washington University, and is graduating in the fall with a degree in Political Science and Communications. Grace is passionate about sustainable food systems and mutual aid work. In their spare time, they like to find vegetarian recipes to cook, bake bread, and take care of their houseplants.
Mariana graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, with a BA in Sociology & Anthropology, and Environmental Policy in May 2020. She grew up in Mexico City, where she visits family often throughout the year. During her time in Tacoma, she organized with her university’s ECO Club and the identity club, Latinxs Unidxs, as well as interned with Downtown On the Go, a transportation justice non-profit. Mariana spent a semester abroad in Jaipur, India studying sustainable development and social change. There, she conduted research on Sikkim’s Ecotourism Policy. She interviewed nature guides, governmental staff, and homestay families regarding the policy’s impact on mountain communities. She is passionate about intersectional environmental justice and wrote her senior thesis on how news media narratives produced victims and disaster tropes in the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. Recently, she worked with Future Generations to elect candidate Beth Doglio to U.S. Congress. In her spare time she organizes with youth climate activists at Sunrise Tacoma, she serves on the WA Youth Council, cooks vegan meals, goes backpacking, practices acrobatic yoga, and bikes everywhere!
Dani serves as a Community Engagement & Campaign Intern at Washington Environmental Council. She joins WEC with a degree in Environmental Studies and Human Rights from Yale University, where she co-led the student environmental coalition and advocated for carbon pricing and endowment justice. Before this internship, Dani worked in communications and marketing for environmental research centers and environmentally responsible brands. Raised in Washington State, Dani loves eating sustainably caught smoked salmon for breakfast, scuba diving, and roller skating in Seattle.