Welcome Alyssa Macy!
As many of you know, Joan Crooks announced earlier this year that she was stepping down as CEO of Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. After 25 years at the helm of WEC and more than five as the CEO of both organizations, Joan felt like it was time for a change – for her and for the organizations.
Her decision triggered a thorough and inclusive search for a new CEO that yielded a diverse field of very strong candidates. I’m pleased to announce today that Alyssa Macy will be the new CEO of Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Alyssa brings a strong professional background in political action, social justice, and tribal leadership, grounded in a deep, personal connection to our land, our water, and the communities they sustain.
Alyssa comes to us from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, where she served as Chief Operations Officer for the tribal government. As COO she was responsible for managing a $35-million budget, and led strategic planning, communications, legislative policy, and fundraising efforts. Prior to her time at Warm Springs, Alyssa worked as the national political director for the Center for Civic Participation (National Voice) and has run multiple political campaigns, as well as running for school board herself. She has also raised funds for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and served as a tribal liaison to state governments.
The work of our organizations requires a leader who can bring communities together around complex environmental issues and use our combined strengths to prevail in a challenging political climate. Alyssa’s breadth of experience, proven leadership, and commitment to coalition building and authentic partnerships makes her the right person to lead WEC and WCV.
Alyssa’s first day in the office will be January 13th. Joan is excited to support and help Alyssa as we move through this transition. With legislative session starting in January and an election in November, Alyssa will jump into these activities – and many more – with both feet.
WEC and WCV are strong organizations with talented staff, dedicated boards, and an ambitious vision for the future. I look forward to seeing Alyssa become an essential and valued leader in our community.
A message from Julie Colehour, Board Chair for Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council