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.
Rod practices environmental law at the Cascadia Law Group PLLC. In the late 1980s he helped lead the environmental community’s successful campaign for Initiative 97, which created our state’s Superfund cleanup law. In the 1990s he served as the environmental representative on the Growth Strategies Commission, which led to the creation of the Growth Management Act. He has also served as the environmental representative on the Regulatory Reform Task Force, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation, and the Climate Action Team. Most recently, he co-chaired Governor Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force.
Sharon Chen first began thinking about the intersection of environmentalism and politics as a board member of the Washington Toxics Coalition where she has served as Board Chair. As a member of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship’s inaugural class of 2013, she found herself often reminding fellows about the zero multiplier effect on any non profit work when there is a lack of an effective policy making body in our governments. A native of New Jersey, Sharon first came to Seattle to work at Microsoft where she spent 12 years working in the development teams. Sharon speaks Mandarin Chinese, has a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Princeton University, and lives with her husband and 3 children in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood.
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.
Maggie’s career in conservation spans four decades. She worked for over twenty years for The Nature Conservancy, gaining broad experience in state, national, and international land conservation in Latin America. She served for five years as Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy. Maggie has deep roots in grassroots activism, starting with helping to found the Methow Valley Citizens Council. Her passion for place was born in the Methow, as was her belief in the ability of individuals to shape the future of the lands and waters they cherish. She lives on her Twisp River farm with her husband, Mark Wolf-Armstrong.
Maggie has served on a number of state and regional boards and as chair of the Washington Biodiversity Council, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and the High Country News Foundation. Maggie holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Masters of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Perez is an attorney at Perkins Coie, handling complex civil litigation matters, with a focus on appeals and unfair competition. David also maintains a robust pro bono practice that focuses on civil rights, constitutional law, and voting rights. Each year since 2013, David has been named a “Rising Star” in Washington Law and Politics. David received his B.A. from Gonzaga University where he was selected as the student commencement speaker, and his J.D. from the Yale Law School. The first political board that David joined after law school was the former King County Conservation Voters’ board, vetting local political candidates seeking the organization’s endorsement. In addition to the WCV board, David currently serves on the board of the Ballard Food Bank and as President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. David lives in Queen Anne with his wife and two young daughters.
Bill Pope is a lawyer and environmental activist, as well as an innkeeper (Mazama Country Inn, 1994 to present). For 10 years he was a corporate lawyer with Microsoft, after which he served as general counsel of Vulcan Inc. and Vice President of the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation. Bill served on the steering committee of the Loomis Forest Fund, which raised over $17 million to save 25,000 acres of “old growth” forest in north central Washington State. Other environmental organizations he has been involved with include the Cascade Conservation Partnership (Steering Committee 1999-2002), the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Washington (1998-2004), the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice (2002 to 2011), the Board of the Wilderness Land Trust (2003 to present), the Methow Conservancy Advisory Board (2005 to present), as well as a previous stint on the WSC Board (1999-2002). Bill has lived all his life in Washington State, most of that in Seattle but for the last 3 years in Mazama. Bill has three grown children, one granddaughter, and another on the way!
Nancy Ritzenthaler has been active in the Washington environmental community for 15 years, as a board member of Conservation Northwest, and as supporter of many other green causes. After a career in business development and marketing at Microsoft and Hewlett Packard, she and her husband now own a business which provides business and family retreats for groups of 10-14 people, at two beachfront properties on Whidbey Island. Nancy received her MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and a BS degree in forestry from the University of Washington. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and 3 children. Nancy grew up on Bainbridge Island and is a native Washingtonian. She spent her formative years hiking and climbing on the Olympic Peninsula. Her passions include cycling, nordic and alpine skiing, being a soccer mom, and enjoying the beauty of the Northwest.
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.
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 almost forty years. Toby became the first staff attorney at WEC in the mid-1990s, organizing volunteer lawyers to represent WEC and other NGOs in numerous cases, such as conservation of forest lands under the then new Growth Management Act, preventing inappropriate shoreline developments, and submitting amicus briefs in appellate cases of state-wide significance. From 1998 through 2006, he was staff attorney at the Washington Forest Law Center. Toby is presently a Natural Resource Law & Policy consultant, working with communities around the country on climate change adaptation, advocating for conservative forest management in Washington State, and helping move Seattle land use planning and development policies toward a sustainable future.
Jim Timmons lives in Eastern Washington in West Richland near the tri-cities. Jim is a University Economics lecturer at WSU tri-cities and Heritage University in Toppenish. He holds degrees in Economics and Business from the University of Washington and Washington State University. Jim has farmed in the Columbia Basin Project and worked in the IT business over the years. He now uses his super powers to help strengthen the environmental community by volunteering with WCV.
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.