Elected Experience: Bainbridge Island City Council; served on Puget Sound Transportation Futures Taskforce; Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management and Economic Development Boards; Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council; Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council; appointed to Governor Gregoire’s Climate Action Team.
Other Professional Experience: Executive Director, Futurewise 2011-present, crafting solutions to complex land use and natural resource issues statewide; Attorney, representing communities, local government, and non-profits on critical cases involving agriculture, forest, fish and wildlife, and waterways.
Education: JD, Northeastern University; BA, Smith College
Community Service: Former board member of Washington Environmental Council and Conservation Northwest. Active in the education of three teenage sons!
Statement: How we manage and protect Washington’s public lands and waterways shape how we adapt to climate change, protect our water and food sources, and safeguard our timber, shellfish, and agricultural economies. Our next Commissioner must be a conservation steward, partner for rural economies, and advocate for clean energy jobs.
I have a lifelong connection to Washington’s people and places. My grandparents came to the Nisqually Valley in the Great Depression to start a cattle farm, which remains in our family today. For two decades I’ve worked with businesses and communities large and small to protect landscapes and local jobs, crafting lasting solutions.
With your vote, I’ll work to restore healthy forests— implementing wildfire prevention plans and ending dangerous steep slope logging. I’ll promote clean energy jobs— implementing a renewable energy plan on public lands that creates job growth, curbs carbon pollution, and reduces impacts on vulnerable communities. I’ll protect our working farmlands and forests from development pressures— enhancing opportunities for farmers, forestry, and recreation.
Proudly endorsed by Washington Conservation Voters; King County Democrats; King County Executive Dow Constantine; former Executive Ron Sims; Earth Day founder Denis Hayes; state and local business, community, and government leaders statewide!