As WCV’s Communications & Accountability Manager, Nick focuses on media outreach, strategic messaging, and political strategy. Prior to WCV, Nick was a longtime Sightline Institute researcher, editor of the grant funded watchdog project Oil Check Northwest, and organizer of sustainability communications 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 gumbo, and relearning to ride his bike without training wheels.
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.
Jaron joined WCV as an intern in 2016 and later joined the Development team with excitement to play a role in the environmental movement. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, and his background includes work in hospitality and event management. As a lifelong resident of Washington state, he is passionate about supporting WCV’s work to make our environment a political priority. You might find Jaron climbing the peaks of the Cascades, training for his first marathon, or playing guitar at an open mic.
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.
Alex leads the vision for communication strategy at Washington Conservation Voters. Alex comes from a diverse background using classic and modern communication methods to raise organizational profiles. His experience includes large-scale campaigns in support of education and advising strategy for focused campaigns promoting causes such as clean water, women’s rights, and the protection of communities impacted by immigration laws. Prior to joining WCV, Alex managed digital engagement at Pacific Lutheran University where he led direct email production, doubled social media engagement with alumni, and elevated online micro-campaigns to their highest performing year. His experience also includes editorial work at local publications and multi-media design with Emmy-Award winning producers. Alex received dual degrees in journalism and music, and holds a Master of Business Administration where he researched targeted communication, digital marketing trends and propaganda in Costa Rica. He serves on the board for the Rainbow Center, an LGBTQ advocacy group in the South Sound. You can typically find Alex killing time at Costco, making breakfast for dinner, or driving unusual distances to try a new cup of coffee.
Evan is the Major Gifts Manager for both the Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. After college, Evan left the flatlands and Great Lakes of Michigan to work in Washington’s National Parks at Mount Rainier and at Olympic National Park on the Elwha River Restoration through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). He then went on to join the SCA development team in Seattle where he brought in funding to support underserved youth development and conservation service. Always up for a type II adventure, Evan enjoys skiing, climbing, backpacking, cycling and cooking.
As a Northwest native with strong environmental sensibilities, Julie is thrilled to provide administrative support for WCV. Her 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 Nonprofit Fundraising Management as well as Social Media Strategy. Julie loves a great hiking trail, trains for half-marathon events, and is testing her nerve as a mountain bike newbie.
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.
Natalie produces WCV’s campaign communications and multimedia projects as well as managing the website. A graduate of Whitman College, Natalie brings experience and enthusiasm for engaging WCV members in electing environmental champions to office. She has previously served as the Whitman’s Sustainability Coordinator, worked with the Grand Canyon Trust, was a Climate & Clean Energy intern at WEC, and held other positions that have grown her interest in environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, you can find Natalie fighting for social justice, competing with her local Ultimate Frisbee team, and cross country skiing.
Stina is a Field Organizer with Washington Conservation Voters with a decade of experience organizing for affordable housing with the Tenants Union of Washington state, for immigrant justice with the NW Detention Resistance Network, and for climate justice with Rising Tide-Tucson. Stina became ignited around climate, water, and energy issues while working as a Research Fellow with Black Mesa Water Coalition, an intertribal environmental justice organization based on the Navajo Nation, where she coauthored a report on solar development practices to affirm tribal sovereignty. During her master’s work with the Climate Alliance Mapping Project at the University of Arizona, Stina produced a map of “unburnable” oil reserves using an Indigenous rights and biodiversity lens. Stina’s dream for Washington state is a restorative and inclusive economy that doesn’t force communities to choose between a stable climate and good jobs – and she’s eager to help build the bold grassroots movement it will take to get there. When not organizing or training others to organize, Stina savors time outside or playing music with her partner, friends, family and dog, Peanut. A 5th-generation member of a Swedish-Irish Olympic Peninsula family, Stina owes her family’s livelihood to the bounty of Coast Salish lands and the stewardship of Coast Salish peoples.
Emily is a Field Organizer for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. She got her start as an organizer in Whatcom County, where the need for environmental advocacy and protection of the community from coal trains drove her to get more involved as an intern at Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Economics/Environmental Studies and spent the later part of her college career deeply involved in the divestment campaign at WWU. As a graduate, her work in environmental advocacy led to more involvement in the local politics in Whatcom County, and she spent the 2015 election cycle managing a County Council campaign crucial to the battle over coal exports in Whatcom County. When she’s not working, Emily is probably getting outside on her mountain bike, hiking, running, or exploring new food and music venues in Seattle.
Devan is a graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Natural Resource Management. He brings to WCV a background working in data analytics and database management, most recently at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Devan has also volunteered time doing restoration work with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and as the Stewardship Coordinator at Save Habitat and Diversity Of Wetlands (SHADOW). Understanding and protecting our environment has been a passion of Devan’s since watching Captain Planet and Fern Gully as a child. Outside of work, Devan enjoys reading comic books, planting trees, playing team sports and going on adventures with his wife Elisabeth.
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.
Nathan McCurtain is a field organizer with Washington Conservation Voters who started organizing work as a volunteer for Candidate Barack Obama in 2008. Since then Nathan has volunteered and worked on campaigns in the Puget Sound region until he joined the Washington Conservation Voters team. Nathan grew up in Puyallup, Washington and fell in love with the beauty and history of the area. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and went on to study Law before joining initiative campaigns in Washington. After 14 years in Puyallup and six years in Seattle, Nathan has settled down in the Tacoma area where he connected with the Tacoma Tide Flats issue which brought him to WCV. Nathan enjoys tea, restaurant hopping, reading, and musicals and can be found enjoying the outdoors or glued to his computer depending on the weather.
As President, Shannon develops WCV’s overall political, advocacy and electoral programs and leads their implementation. Shannon has over ten years of electoral and legislative campaign experience and has been with WCV/WEC since 2008, serving as President since 2014. She started as an organizer and then directed WCV’s coordinated political program and WEC’s nonpartisan Voter Education Program. Shannon is known for employing savvy, data-driven campaign tactics and has led many coalitions on voter engagement strategy. In 2012, Shannon managed Washington Conservation Voters’ coordinated effort to elect Governor Jay Inslee, dubbed the “greenest Governor in the nation,” and in 2013 was instrumental in WCV’s effort to elect an anti-coal majority to the Whatcom County Council, a nationally-recognized victory that showed a community’s mandate against coal exports in the Pacific Northwest.
Before joining WCV/WEC, Shannon was the Field Director for the 2007 Sound Transit campaign and a 2006 Pierce County state legislative race. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A native northwesterner, Shannon loves the outdoors and can often be found hiking around Mt. Rainier, swimming in Lake Washington, or running the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Kristi manages WCV’s social media and email communications. She’s a recent graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. She was previously a climate campaign intern with WEC and also interned with King County’s Water and Land Resources Division. In her free time, Kristi enjoys painting, cooking, and finding the cheapest 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 yelling at the TV during soccer games along with his wife. But their daughter hates soccer so she has begun the process of believing that her parents are crazy.
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.
Paelina is an intern with the field team at Washington Conservation Voters. She graduated from Seattle University and has a background in international development and data analysis. Recent travels took her to Bolivia, where she developed a strong interest in resource management while interning with a small NGO. Heading to start her master’s in public policy at Duke next fall, she is excited to take this time learn more about local environmental issues and get involved in some political work. In her free time, you can find Paelina climbing mountains, playing ultimate frisbee, and cycling.
Kyle Evans serves as the Fall Community Engagement Intern for Washington Conservation Voters. Kyle fell in love with the environment while growing up in Kirkland, Washington, and has been an active participant in all sports and enjoys the outdoors. He received a BA in Political Science at Seattle Pacific University. As an active participant with volunteering with Bothell Parks & Recreation and at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club of King County, Kyle is deeply concerned with not only environmental protections of our planet but also their sustainability. He continuously pursues environmental justice and hopes to spread knowledge to anyone willing to listen!
Sarah serves as an intern with the field organizing team. Having recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma with a degree in Sociology and Environmental Policy, Sarah is ready to take on environmental issues through political work. Sarah grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where her days spent on coastal beaches first sparked her love for the environment. During her time at University of Puget Sound, Sarah fostered her love for the ocean and interest in environmental issues through participation in the University’s Surfrider Foundation chapter. Given her interest in the environment and her academic background in Sociology, Sarah is passionate about environmental justice. She is excited to start working with Washington Conservation Voters and to expand her field organizing skill-set. In her free time, Sarah can be found hiking, relaxing on the beach, and exploring new food in Seattle.