2021 Virtual Gathering of Environmental Champions


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Please join us for WCV’s annual Gathering of Environmental Champions (formerly WCV’s Breakfast of Champions) – a live, virtual, lunch-hour event on October 14th focused on community and support of our work advocating and securing strong environmental protections that benefit our state’s climate, economy, and communities.

This year, our event will feature the lower Snake River dams, our Evergreen Future campaign, and Legislator of the Year. We’re excited to announce that our CEO Alyssa Macy and a few others will dive into a roundtable discussion focused on how the removal of the lower Snake River dams would impact the health of communities, the environment, and salmon in our region. Stay tuned for more details!


We invite you to purchase your ticket(s) today. If invited by a Team Captain, don’t forget to list them on your registration page! You register for the event here.

Can’t make it? If you can’t attend but would like to make a special gift to power our work in 2021 and beyond, you can do so here.

This year, individuals who purchase a $50 ticket as well as table captains and their guests, will receive a tea towel with the Salmon in the Wild design by Simone Diamond, Coast Salish from Sacred Circle Gifts and Art.

Sacred Circle Gifts and Art is a division of non-profit United Indians of All Tribes, serving the Native urban community since 1971. If you would like to learn more, click here.

Simone Diamond was born in Duncan, B.C. and now resides in the Stó:lō Territory. Her designs are in the west Coast Salish style and incorporate such mediums as pencil, painting, and carving. She carved her first mask at the age of 13 and was selling her designs by 16. Simone is a self-taught artist that has a strong family history of influential west Coast Salish artists. Continuing to develop her unique and very detailed style, she is working towards establishing her career through consistent work.

Photo Credit: Sacred Circle Gifts and Art

Team Captain Info

Each year we are honored to have a committed group of supporters share WCV’s work with their networks by filling our annual event with enthusiastic, generous, and influential community members. Despite having a virtual event again this year, we still depend on this tremendous support to grow our community and extend our reach.

If you are interested in going above and beyond for the environment, consider becoming a team captain and building a virtual team of your friends, family, neighbors, and colleague. You can sign up here or contact Johanna Mannisto at or (206) 631-2612 for more information.

Learn more about being a team captain here. 


Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler, Vice Chairperson of Nez Perce Tribe, was first elected to serve on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, the governing body of the Nez Perce Tribe, in 2016. His vast experience in the private sector and as an individual exercising Nez Perce Tribal treaty-reserved rights has served as the foundation for policies he has advocated for which include job creation, tribal economic development, natural resource management, and preservation of the culture, history, and way of life of the Nimiipuu. Shannon Wheeler has been a leading voice advocating for the removal of the lower Snake River dams on behalf of his Nation, the salmon, and the rivers in the territories of the Nez Perce.

Gov. Jay Inslee

A fifth-generation Washingtonian, Governor Jay Inslee grew up in the Seattle area and entered public service in Yakima in 1985. He went on to become a state representative and was elected to Congress in 1993. In 2012, Jay was elected Washington’s 23rd governor. During his time as governor, Jay’s focus has been on building a brighter future for every Washingtonian. Jay has firmly established the state of Washington as the national leader in fighting climate change. He created the Clean Energy Fund, a model for economic development aligned with climate change goals, creating hundreds of jobs and setting unprecedented emissions standards, making Washington state the standard-bearer for the nation.

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34) is Washington Conservation Voters 2021 Legislator of the Year.  Representative Fitzgibbon is the organization’s first two-time winner of their prestigious award, which is given to a legislator who is an environmental champion during the legislative session. He previously won the award in 2015. Rep. Fitzgibbon led a multi-year effort to pass HB 1091, a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), for the State of Washington. A Low Carbon Fuel Standard requires fuel producers and importers to reduce climate pollution from the fuels that power our transportation system. Rep. Fitzgibbon also helped strengthen and ultimately pass SB 5126, the Climate Commitment Act, which puts a price on carbon through a cap-and-invest program and helped lead the House effort to pass SB 5141, the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act.

CEO Alyssa Macy stands in front of a blue and teal gradient background

Alyssa Macy, CEO

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from WCV’s CEO, Alyssa Macy, who comes to us from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon, where she served as Chief Operations Officer for the Tribal government. Alyssa brings a strong background in political action, social justice, and Tribal leadership grounded in a deep, personal connection to our land, water, and the communities they sustain.


Put your company or organization in front of our audience of over 750 decision-makers and environmental political leaders by becoming a Gathering of Environmental Champions sponsor. Extending your reach beyond the event, you’ll be highlighted in our event communications seen by our email list of 30,000+ both before and after the event.

Sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here. Contact Business Relations and Events Manager Tina Montgomery at (206) 631-2608 to discuss partnering with WCV to promote your company’s values and reputation, while also giving essential support to move our work forward.

You can pay for your sponsorship here.



In accordance with our values, we strive to accommodate everyone and wish to provide an inclusive experience. The information below provides a general overview of accessibility options being provided for the event. Additional questions or requests can be sent to Johanna Mannisto at

Captions and Transcripts

Throughout the event, we will be providing captions in English. This service will display spoken words in text for the viewer to read on their screen. Transcripts of the event will be sent along with the video recording after the event has passed.


We will be providing Spanish language interpretation during the event. Attendees will be able to select which audio stream they would like to hear during the program.

Zoom Webinar Accessibility

We will be using Zoom Webinar as our virtual event platform. Zoom has several accessibility settings that can be read about here. Some of those features include:

  • Adjustments to the font size of the chat and closed captioning
  • Fully accessible to screen readers such as NVDA, JAWS, VoiceOver, and Android Talkback.
  • Visual interfaces designed with color contrast, size, and usage of color in mind to support users with various vision needs
  • Keyboard accessibility




For all event inquiries, please contact:

Johanna Mannisto, Events and Outreach Associate