Rachel Baker (she/her)
Evergreen Forests Program Director

Rachel believes forests are central to solving many global challenges, including halting climate change and building resilient communities. Her career has focused on strategies to promote forest conservation and sustainable development internationally. Prior to joining WEC, Rachel worked for Earthworm Foundation, where she partnered with the private sector to eliminate deforestation and social exploitation in commodity supply chains. Rachel previously managed the forest campaign at the Bank Information Center, collaborating with civil society to advocate for forests and forest peoples in multilateral development finance. She has also carried out field research on community forest use in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Darién, Panama. Rachel holds a Master of Forestry and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Outside of the office, Rachel enjoys backpacking and biking with her partner, gardening, and playing ukulele.

206.631.2602r.baker@wcvoters.org

Paul Balle (he/him)
Donor Relations Director

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!

425.985.6229paul@wcvoters.org

Lennon Bronsema
Lennon Bronsema (he/him)
Chief Campaigns Officer

Lennon is the Chief Campaigns Officer 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.

206-631-2622 lennon@wcvoters.org

Zachary DeWolf (he/him)
Communications Director

Zachary DeWolf (he/him) is a citizen of the Chippewa Cree Nation of Rocky Boy, Montana and is currently finishing a term as the first-out LGBTQ Director elected to serve on the Seattle School Board. He takes great pride in his annual project to plant a tree in honor of Seattle Public Schools graduates as he believes protecting the environment is a sacred purpose. Most recently, Zachary led homelessness diversion efforts at King County. Prior to that, he served as Director of Communications and Education for Pride Foundation, the largest LGBTQ foundation in the Pacific Northwest, including successfully defeating anti-trans bills in the legislature. After graduating from Western Washington University, Zachary served in the US Peace Corps in Belize. In addition to being a published writer in the Advocate, Native Peoples Magazine, Oxford University Press, and local publications, Zachary has served with various organizations, including Gender Justice League, South Seattle Emerald Advisory Board, and Seattle Housing Authority. He was honored to represent his community as a Grand Marshal in the 2014 Seattle Pride parade and enjoys spending time with his husband Derek and their dog Maya, hiking, reading, and drinking cold brew year-round.

206.631.2629zachary@wcvoters.org

Grace Drechsel (she/her)
Communications Associate

Grace graduated from Western Washington University with a dual major in Political Science and Creative Writing and a minor in Education and Social Justice. She brings her passions for both advocacy and storytelling to WCV as the Communications Associate.  Her previous career experience is in student leadership and legislative advocacy at the Washington State level. She has also been a barista, a nanny, and a field organizer for voter registration efforts and for a local campaign.  She has a lot of love for her home of Tacoma, and in her free time, you can find her watching bad reality TV, reading literary fiction, cooking vegan meals, or swimming in the cold Puget Sound waters in Longbranch, Washington.

206.631.2631graced@wcvoters.org

Sarah Farbstein (she/her)
Field Organizer

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.

sarah@wcvoters.org

Julie Gonzales-Corbin (she/her)
HR & Administrative Manager

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.

206-631-2642julie@wcvoters.org

Kat Holmes (she/her)
Field Director

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.

206-631-2624 kat@wcvoters.org

Lauren Kastanas (she/her)
Foundations Manager

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.

206.631.2610laurenk@wcvoters.org

Emily Krieger (she/her)
Political & Civic Engagement Manager

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.

206.631.2644 emily@wecprotects.org

Rae Minji Lee (they/them)
Visual Communications Manager

Rae joined WCV after completing a Master’s of Communication at University of Washington with the Communication Leadership program, where they focused on visual storytelling. This choice of study was not random: during their time volunteering with UW Fisheries, they were drawn to the challenge of communicating about environmental science and policy. Rae earned dual degrees in Neuroscience and Art at Pomona College. When not taking photos, filming, or working in Adobe, you can find Rae brewing tea, drawing or painting, or playing the violin in an ensemble.

206-631-2623rae@wcvoters.org

Alyssa Macy (she/her)
CEO

Alyssa Macy is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon and was raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She is of the Wasco, Navajo, and Hopi descent. Most recently, she served her Nation as the Chief Operations Officer where she was responsible for $33 million in tribal programming and services. Her previous experiences include working transportation, campaign management, communications and international advocacy within United Nations bodies. She is a published writer and co-authored the first ever national report on Native American voting in 2005. Alyssa has been a foster parent to 6 children and her oldest daughter is in her second year of college. In her spare time, she spends time reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors. She is a graduate of Arizona State University where she received her B.S. in Justice Studies and did her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

206.631.2601alyssa@wcvoters.org

Kathy Malley (she/her)
Development Director

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.

206-631-2640kathy@wcvoters.org

Maria McCausland (she/her)
Administrative Associate

Maria, a Seattle local, spent many years with environmental movements in California where she pursued her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. With a particular interest in marine conservation, Maria has gained experience working with science labs, documentary film production, environmental justice movements, and most recently was a coral restoration scuba diver in the Florida Keys. Few things make her happier than her puppy, Seattle coffee, and when people sing her name to the tune of “Maria” from West Side Story.

206.631.2632maria@wcvoters.org

Lucy Middleton (they/them)
Salesforce Admin and Data Systems Manager

Lucy joins the administrative team at WCV as the Salesforce Administrator and Data Systems Manager. Over the last few years, they worked various roles at another local non-profit, but ultimately developed an affinity for database management. They love 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.

206-631-2617lucy@wcvoters.org

Tina Montgomery (she/her)
Business Relations and Events Manager

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.

206.631.2608tina@wcvoters.org

Meralina Morales (she/her)
Administrative Associate

Meralina, originally from the Bay Area, moved to Seattle to continue her career in environmentalism. She worked under the regional director of the Department of Interior – Office of Environmental Compliance to bring more equitable policies to the region. While attending UC Berkeley studying Sustainable and Equitable Development, she worked for Berkeley Food Institute, helping create a more equitable food system. She went on to Geneva, Switzerland where she worked with the U.N, the World Health Organization, and multinational corporations to help realize their sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals. In her free time you can find her traveling the world to scuba dive or baking.

206.631.2642 meralina@wcvoters.org

Darcy Nonemacher (she/her)
Government Affairs Director

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.

206.631.2603darcy@wcvoters.org

Esteban Ortiz (he/him/él)
Tri-Cities Community Organizer

Esteban Ortiz is an experienced professional in the government, nonprofit and private industry with a proven track record. He recently worked on the Georgia Senate runoff campaign, with the Garfield County Democratic Party and Colorado Democrats. He has experience in government organizations like the USDA, U.S. Census Bureau and is a U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Ortiz has worked on 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections trying to GOTV for the Latino community, and worked with various nonprofits to focus on the actual needs of the growing Latino and diverse communities in the United States. Esteban is well experienced in educating and advocating for the needs of the community.

206.631.2642esteban@wcvoters.org

Sean Pender (he/him)
Administrative Director

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.

206-631-2614sean@wcvoters.org

Lisa Remlinger (she/her)
Chief Policy Officer

Lisa Remlinger is the Chief Policy Officer for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. Lisa oversees all policy teams including climate, forests, and Puget Sound. Some of Lisa’s notable work for WEC includes the creation of our annual Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference, State of Our Public Lands Report Card, and the Nisqually Carbon Project. Lisa has worked for non-profits most of her career because they are her happy place where she feels she can make a difference and work with others who want to do the same. Lisa has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University where she published work on public health, conservation, and development collaboration as well as received a policy fellowship to work with the United Nations Environmental Program in Geneva. When not at work Lisa is usually with her husband, son, and friends. She has also served on various boards including Wolf Haven International. Always up for a new challenge, Lisa has summited Mt Rainier, coached long-distance running, swam across lake Washington, and biked from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR.

206.631.2615lisa@wcvoters.org

Mariana Sánchez Castillo (she/her)
Field Organizer

Mariana graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a dual degree in Sociology & Anthropology and Environmental Policy. She joins WCV after working to elect environmental champions to our state legislature as one of our Community Engagement & Campaign Interns. She grew up in Mexico City and visits family often. During her time as a student, Mariana spent a summer conducting ethnographic research in Indigenous artisan communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploring the cultural and environmental sustainability of artisan livelihood. Outside of WEC, Mariana is also a politics leader with young activists at Sunrise Tacoma. She enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time outside biking or hiking, playing guitar and singing, and exploring the vegan food scene in Seattle.

206.631.2626 mariana@wcvoters.org

Dre Say (they/them)
Field Organizer

Dre (they/them) serves as a Field Organizer at WCV. Dre graduated from Boston University with a BA in International Relations and Religion. They were introduced to the strong environmental justice movement in the region through Got Green. Since then, they have organized with various grassroots groups and non-profits to fight for environmental justice in King County, especially for low-income people of color. Dre’s primary loves are talking about politics and religion, empowering others (especially youth) to get involved in politics, drinking coffee, and cooking and eating spicy peanut soba noodles.

dre@wcvoters.org

Danielle "Skippy" Shaw (she/her)
Local Government Affairs Manager

As the local government affairs manager, Danielle builds bridges between WCV’s work and local government actions. Joining WEC in 2014, Danielle initially provided policy research and analysis for legislative efforts and accountability tools. She soon joined the People For Puget Sound team, where she focused on green infrastructure, clean water regulations, and orca recovery. Prior to joining WEC, Danielle gained experience in international and domestic environmental policy clerking for NOAA’s Alaska Regional Counsel and the International Environmental Law Project. She earned her B.A. from Western Washington University, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Danielle spends her summers around a campfire with her pup, her falls rooting for the Packers, her winters in search of a good brass band, and her springs trying to figure out how to fly fish.

206.631.2627danielle@wcvoters.org

Griffin Smith (he/him)
Development Manager

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.

206-631-2609griffin@wcvoters.org

Clifford Traisman (he/him)
Contractor: State Lobbyist

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.

206-369-2235clifford@ctassociates.org