As WEC’s Communications Director, Nick focuses on media outreach, strategic messaging, and legislative accountability. Prior to WCV, Nick was a longtime Sightline Institute researcher, editor of the grant-funded watchdog project Oil Check Northwest, and sustainability communicator for clients like Starbucks, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Puget Sound Energy. Nick is Midwest born (go Huskers!) but Washington raised and has a dual degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Western Washington University. When not at his desk, you’ll find Nick exploring the waters of the Salish Sea, eating plenty of gumbo, or finding the latest local show.
Paul is the Donor Relations Director for WCV. He has been working in the Northwest environmental movement for over eighteen years, and began his nonprofit career fundraising for the groundbreaking Cascades Conservation Partnership campaign for Conservation Northwest. His prior nonprofit experience includes positions with National Parks Conservation Association and Woodland Park Zoo. Earlier in his career, Paul worked in software technical sales and product marketing for Microsoft, and “way back when” he even spent several years in the exciting world of public accounting (which included passing the CPA exam). When he’s not at work, Paul likes to spend time with his dog, volunteer for wildlife surveys, hike, cross country ski, paddleboard, and play guitar. Trivia: his favorite Northwest animal is the wolverine!
Lennon is the Political Director for Washington Conservation Voters. Lennon is from Sumas, WA and graduated from St. Martin’s University with a B.A. in Political Science. After college he spent time raising funds for the DNC in Denver and then moved to San Francisco to work with MoveOn.org to win back the Senate in 2006. Lennon then worked for the John Edwards presidential campaign in Iowa and Nevada before moving back to Washington. Most recently Lennon served as the Finance Director for Washington United for Marriage and Yes on 522. In his free time you’ll find Lennon with his wife Marissa and friends, skiing, running, or spending time near the water.
Joan is the Chief Executive Officer of both Washington Conservation Voters and its close partner, Washington Environmental Council, lending her experience as a long-time leader in Washington’s environmental community to both organizations. Joan has served as Executive Director since 1995 and was instrumental in developing the now nationally-recognized Environmental Priorities Coalition— a successful collaborative of over 20 environmental groups. Joan is often sought out for her insight and judgment on environmental issues by state policy makers, other advocacy groups, and foundations. Her guidance and vision have helped WEC combine its 40 years of experience with innovative strategies resulting in strong environmental protections for Washington state. Joan has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Middlebury College, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. Joan also enjoys spending lots of time outside, especially hiking with her husband Don or racing her kids down the slopes.
Sarah joins Washington Conservation Voters with a degree from University of Puget Sound in Sociology and Environmental Policy. During her time at University of Puget Sound, Sarah volunteered with the Surfrider Foundation coordinating beach clean-ups and community outreach. After college, she worked with Washington Conservation Voters as a Community Outreach Intern to elect environmental champions and later as a Climate Organizing Fellow to put Initiative 1631 on the ballot. Sarah is passionate about advocating for environmental justice and is excited to start work as a Field Organizer. In her free time, Sarah can be found hiking, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying good food in Seattle.
Julie relishes the variety of providing human resources and administrative support for WCV. From an early age, her family of seven lived up and down the West Coast, instilling a love for outdoor adventure wherever they landed. She has fond memories of growing up in Oregon, California, Alaska, and eventually Washington. Julie’s Seattle-based career choices are a veritable box of chocolates: social media strategist, small business owner, school registrar, and legal assistant. A life-long learner, Julie holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Washington, and certificates in Human Resources Management, Nonprofit Fundraising Management, and Social Media Strategy and Implementation. Julie is happiest meandering anywhere on a Northwest hiking trail.
Katherine (Kat) Holmes serves as Field Director for Washington Conservation Voters. She fell in love with field work as an Organizing Fellow with Fuse Washington and is excited to develop grassroots power for the environment and work for climate justice throughout Washington state. Kat grew up in Kent, Washington, explored tide pools at Salt Water State Park as a kid and graduated with a degree in Biology/Ecology from Western Washington University. An educator and community builder at heart, she spent 15 years teaching martial arts and leading volunteer projects with Starbucks in Bellingham. She moved back to Kent to be closer to her mother, became active with 350 Seattle and WEC and is ready bring a racial justice lens to environmental advocacy. Kat loves coffee, food, farmers, poetry and can be found training and playing outside in her free time.
Tony joins our team from the Washington DC area via Eastern Washington. After Tony graduated from the nation’s top historically black university, Howard University, with a BA in Political Science, he began working in public service. A job with the Yakima Police Department brought Tony to Washington State where he organized the first ever department-wide training for LGBT rights and sensitivity. Tony fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about taking an active role in keeping the environment beautiful for future generations and for all communities. Tony can usually be found in the gym, reading, and is particularly devoted to anything related to DC comics.
Hau`oli is passionate about writing, environmental protection, and community engagement. As WCV’s Communications Associate, Hau`oli builds strategies for online communications efforts, manages various organization and coalition social media accounts, sends email action alerts to diverse audiences, provides website management support, and more. Hau`oli is an eager collaborator who believes in the power of bringing people together to effectively accomplish meaningful goals. With WCV, Hau`oli is a part of a team doing just that. Before joining WCV, Hau`oli worked at a social good communications agency and helped plan, execute, and evaluate campaigns focused on energy efficiency, access to public transportation, and recycling and composting. She has also worked with other not-for-profit organizations like Environment Washington and Marine Conservation Institute. Hau`oli loves being in the ocean and spending time with her family.
Lauren manages foundation grantseeking activities for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Prior to joining WCV, she served as Grants Coordinator at El Centro de la Raza. Lauren grew up in Seattle and holds a degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. She is involved in the local choral scene and serves on the board of the Byrd Ensemble. In her free time, Lauren loves to travel, bike, sing, and arrange vocal music.
Emily joined WEC and WCV in early 2016 as part of the field team and is now the Political & Civic Engagement Manager for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Emily is from Seattle originally but got her career start in Whatcom County, where she worked at Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities and dove headfirst into the battle to prevent fossil fuel infrastructure in the community. She later gained experience in the political realm by managing a local County Council campaign before making her way back to Seattle. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Economics/Environmental Studies. Emily spends her time when she is not at her desk enjoying the outdoors on skis, with running shoes, or on a bike, exploring farmers markets and happy hours around Seattle, and hanging out with her cat.
Rachel joined WCV after completing a Master’s of Communication at University of Washington with the Communication Leadership program, where she focused on visual storytelling. This choice of study was not random: during her time volunteering with UW Fisheries, she was drawn to the challenge of communicating about environmental science and policy. Rachel earned dual degrees in Neuroscience and Art at Pomona College. When not taking photos, filming, or working in Adobe, you can find Rachel brewing tea, drawing or painting, or playing the violin in an ensemble.
Kathy leads the overall fundraising and development activities for both Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council and works with Joan Crooks and other members of the management team on strategic organizational development issues. Kathy has over 20 years of fundraising experience, nearly all of it in the environmental sector. Having served as WEC’s Development Director for ten years, and after a seven year absence, she was inspired by the WEC/WCV partnership and was lured back to serve as the shared Development Director. Prior to this she worked as the Development Director for Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that specializes in environmental advocacy. During her tenure there she helped to nearly triple the organization’s budget, and as a member of the organization’s management team, established the structure and systems that successfully guided Resource Media through a period of rapid growth.
Kathy is a graduate of Colorado State University and also has a certificate in Non-profit Management and Fundraising from the University of Washington. She and her husband are slowly remodeling an old home and restoring its gardens. When not pondering which native plants grow best in dry shade or how to repair a stone wall, they spend as much time as possible outside, exploring all of the great places to boat, ski, hike, and bike in Washington.
Morgan serves as a Field Organizer for WEC/WCV. Born and grown in the city of Seattle on Coast Salish territory, she decided to return after college to give back to the place that raised her. Morgan graduated with a degree in Archaeology and minor in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. A fan of experiential learning, she has worked as a trail builder, archaeological technician, organic farmer, vegan barista, and outdoor educator. She has organized with 350 Seattle developing and directing campaigns to mobilize people against fossil fuels and for climate justice, and with Plant for the Planet to support youth climate activism. She speaks passable Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese and loves learning new languages – so if you see her around, please don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation!
Lucy joins the administrative team at WCV as the Salesforce Administrator and Data Systems Manager. Over the last few years, she worked various roles at another local non-profit, but ultimately developed an affinity for database management. She loves the intertwined connections, analysis, and visualization of data that can provide insightful information to increase effectiveness and efficiency in an organization’s mission. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys biking, camping, and swimming.
As an Administrative Associate, Colton assists with financial operations and provides administrative support for the Washington Conservation Voters. He’s a graduate of Seattle University and holds degrees in Economics and Finance. Prior to joining WCV, he interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and worked as an Accounting & Risk Management Analyst with a financial firm in Bellevue, WA. When not working, you can find him fly-fishing, climbing, or volunteering with various river restoration organizations.
Tina has spent most of her career creating, launching and leading programs, community initiatives and events for a variety of clients. She founded and managed Surfin’ Seafood, a first-of-its-kind sustainable seafood home delivery service. After selling her business, Tina became involved with Smart Catch, a restaurant seafood sustainability program, with Paul G. Allen/Vulcan. She hopes that her passion for connecting ideas, people, teams and community will contribute to WEC’s efforts to protect Washington’s environment. Tina has a bachelor’s degree in Communications & Political Science from University of Washington, spent time teaching English in Japan and, in her free time, loves to spend time with her two children, travel, hike, bike, ski and paddle.
Shannon is the President of Washington Conservation Voters and leads the organization’s political, campaign, and accountability strategies. She has over a decade of electoral and legislative campaign experience and has been with WCV since 2008, becoming President in 2014. Shannon has been a leader in building strategic partnerships with labor, environmental, business, and people of color-led organizations to advance electoral and environmental policy goals, most notably serving on the Governance Board for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy. In addition, as President, Shannon has helped grow WCV’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to one of the largest in the state. Before becoming WCV President, she managed WCV’s coordinated effort to first elect Governor Jay Inslee in 2012 and WCV’s nationally recognized victory to elect an anti-coal majority to the Whatcom County Council in 2013. Shannon started her career as an organizer and brings that lens to her work today. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Raised in Oregon and now a Washingtonian for over fifteen years, she loves the Pacific Northwest and spends as much time as she can outdoors, especially hiking with her husband Ben and dog Milo.
Kristi manages WCV’s digital strategy, online tools, website, and email communications and is a graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. She was previously a climate campaign intern with Washington Environmental Council and also interned with King County’s Water and Land Resources Division. As a fourth generation Washingtonian and descendant of Japanese American incarceration survivors, Kristi brings a passion for racial and social justice to her work. In her free time, Kristi is an organizer with the Environmental Professionals of Color Seattle and enjoys crafting, cooking, Zumba, and finding the best happy hour on Capitol Hill.
Darcy oversees WCV’s Government Affairs program and works to pass important environmental protections, implement and defend our laws, and secure public funding for essential environmental programs and projects. Darcy has more than a decade of experience in lobbying, law, and working with a wide range of partners to shape and advance strategies for positive change. She also has experience managing high-profile election campaigns in several states and worked with the AFL-CIO to create an affiliate organization for non-union households. Darcy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. When she is not in the office, Darcy is usually having fun with her family by gardening, whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, and cheering on the Sounders and the Green Bay Packers.
Sean has almost 20 years of experience working for nonprofits, starting back in 1997 when he first worked for Washington Environmental Council as the Office Manager/Development Associate. Starting in 2001, he worked at an organization that provided technology consulting services to nonprofit conservation groups. Over the course of nearly a dozen years there, he mostly did administrative, bookkeeping, and HR tasks, with healthy dollops of IT support, fundraising support, Salesforce administration, and proofreading thrown in. He started working for WCV (and WEC) in January 2013 as the Administrative Director where he oversees the finances, office administration, and human resources.
Sean has a degree in Political Science from Western Washington University and in his spare time he enjoys riding his bikes, reading non-fiction, and spending time with his daughter.
Griffin joined Washington Conservation Voters as a Development and Events Intern in February 2014 and was lucky enough to continue as part of the Development team after his internship ended. Griffin grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and then traded one side of Puget Sound for the other when he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where he received his degree in English and Political Science. You can find Griffin near the water, out on a hike, or enjoying a jog on any of Seattle’s many running trails.
Clifford has been the full-time state lobbyist for both Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council since November 2002. He is responsible for the state lobbying programs for these two statewide environmental organizations. Clifford has over 20 years of public and private sector experience both in Washington state and Washington, D.C. During his 11-year tenure in D.C., Clifford held positions as a political consultant; a staff member and congressional investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by John D. Dingell (D-Michigan); and a federal lobbyist in the private sector for the Grocery Manufacturers of America. Since arriving in Seattle in 1995, Clifford has held senior level local government posts as a legislative assistant for Seattle City Council member Martha Choe and as the City of Seattle’s Director of Intergovernmental Relations under Mayor Paul Schell. He has also consulted on intergovernmental matters for the City of Seattle’s Department of Public Utilities. Campaign experience includes a role as Research Director on Patty Murray’s successful 1992 campaign for U.S. Senate. Clifford is a graduate of University of Kansas and lives in Seattle with his wife, three sons, one daughter, and two dogs.
Clifford spends much of his time in Olympia lobbying on behalf of the environmental community Priorities. He works with lobbyists in the community and other Washington Conservation Voters staff to produce the weekly Hot List for the House and Senate every Monday during the legislative session.
Interns and Fellows
Briawna was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Kent at a very young age. She contained a sense of satisfaction and freedom spending time outdoors and wishes to protect the environment. Currently, she studies at University of Washington hoping to obtain a math degree while learning about environmentalism at the same time. She’s developed a love for planting trees during volunteering and enjoys hiking with her friends. Briawna hopes that more people pay attention to the condition of the environment and help preserve it.
Elizabeth Mugho, originally from Mombasa, Kenya, moved to the United States four years ago. She is a Service Learning Intern for the WCV team, and is focused on youth involvement in local politics and issues. Elizabeth is a freshman at the University of Washington and is excited to help make WCV’s initiative of environmental and racial justice even more real. She plans on majoring in Business with a focus in Marketing, and is excited to help preserve the beauty of nature found in the state of Washington. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys playing the guitar, trying new food, and traveling.
Juan Diego grew up in the city of Bogota, Colombia. From a very early age he took a love for preserving the environment, care for animals, and wanted his streets, fields, forests and waterways clean and free of pollution. He moved to the Sammamish area at the age of thirteen and graduated from Skyline High School. In the past he has volunteered with the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity and interned with the K.D. Hall Foundation promoting female equality in the workspace. Currently, Juan Diego is a student at the University of Washington. In his free time, he likes to play video games, fence, ski, collect hats and has a minor hobby for cinema.
Zoe is excited to join the Field team as a Community Engagement and Campaign Intern. She is currently a freshman at the University of Washington and is planning to double major in International Studies and Political Science. Zoe has lived in Washington state her entire life and is excited to work for Washington Conservation Voters to help preserve the beautiful landscape where she grew up. In her spare free time, Zoe can be found hiking, writing research papers or articles for The Daily, and hanging out with her best friend.
Heyao was born and raised in the city of Changchun, China. He moved to American Samoa at age 15 and graduated from South Pacific Academy. During high school, Heyao worked as a passionate volunteer at the local environmental conservation organization that helps preserve the landscape and interned with Cancer Coalition promoting disease awareness. Heyao is currently a freshman at the University of Washington and is planning to double major in Economics and International Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing guitar and basketball.