Nearly every weekend, you can find Kaiwen outside hiking, climbing or paddling — or helping others do so as one of the founding members of Outdoor Asian. Kaiwen is passionate about environmental justice and has worked in field ecology, habitat restoration, urban agriculture, outdoor recreation, and most recently, community engagement. In addition to holding degrees in urban environmental education and global environmental studies, Kaiwen’s background includes designing and managing leadership programs for LGBTQ youth and youth of color.
Christina started organizing for environmental and climate issues as a youth in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. With the Sierra Student Coalition, the student-led branch of the Sierra Club, she organized youth-led climate justice campaigns for over eight years. Christina graduated from the University of Washington’s History and International Studies departments, and later earned an MSc in Social Policy in Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her career focuses on shaping the way institutions practice sustainable development, especially as it relates to addressing impacts on frontline communities experiencing climate change. Christina’s current role at the Port of Seattle focuses on transforming the organization’s engagement with the communities it serves in a way that promotes equity and environmental justice. In her free time, she cooks, reads, and watches Star Trek.
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.
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.
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.
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 Garvey. 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 seventh year as a member of Washington Environmental Council Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the WEC Executive Committee, WEC Policy Committee, and WEC Board Governance Committee. She is from 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. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1991. She practiced family law with the Law Office of Cynthia Whitaker until her retirement in 2014. Currently Melissa is in the second year of a three-year term as Chair of the Board of the Seattle Aquarium and passionately advocates its mission to inspire conservation of our marine environment. Her commitment to environmental restoration and conservation began as a volunteer with People For Puget Sound for 20 years. She served on the board for 13 years and served as Board President from 2006 to 2008. Melissa is a life-long sailor, competing in races throughout the US including Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay, and Puget Sound. She and her husband enjoy “lake life” on the shores of Angle Lake where they swim, paddle board, kayak, and bird watch.
Sydney is the Civil Legal Services Attorney for the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Prior to being an attorney, Sydney worked in campaign management, state government, disability advocacy, public defense, and environmental law. Sydney lives in Bellingham and enjoys climbing, biking, and knitting in her free time.
Justin Parker is the Executive Director of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. The NWIFC is a natural resources management support services organization serving the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. He joined the NWIFC in 2000 and has worked for over 25 years in various administrative capacities for both the Makah Tribe and NWIFC.
Born and raised in Neah Bay he became a commercial fisherman when he was 9 years old. Parker lives in Tumwater with his wife, Tracy, and their three youngest children. Parker also serves as Vice President of the Salmon Homecoming Alliance Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians/Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
David’s consulting practice facilitates organizational assessments, strategy, change management, human resources effectiveness and leadership coaching; improving long-term customer value, organizational health, and performance. David has served in executive leadership roles and as a senior consultant, working across multiple industries and sectors.
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 was born in Arizona as a first generation Indian-American, raised by a single mother whose own challenges and opportunities in this country shaped her understanding of the intersection between race, gender, and immigrant-status. Sapna has spent 18 years working in the social sector. As a leader, educator, and activist, she works with organizations to decolonize their programs to ensure that the good work they hope to do in the world is not undermined by how they do it. Sapna is also Associate Faculty in UW’s College of Education teaching a Nonprofit Leadership and Administration course, in which the next generation of nonprofit leaders are challenged to uncover and address the hidden biases in the administrative systems. In her personal time, she is active with the Seattle chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and facilitated their Fellows of Color Affinity Group. In 2017, Sapna was honored with the Kitsap YWCA’s Mission Award for Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. Sapna firmly believes that she has been so fortunate to have all of these life experiences as a result of the generosity, courage, and support of those around her, and strives to honor her community’s belief in her.
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.