Nick Abraham
Communications & Accountability Manager

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 Bronsema
Political Director

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 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 Cramer
Development Coordinator

Jaron joined WCV as a Development & Events Intern in 2016 and is excited to continue his work with the Development team. Jaron 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 protect our beautiful environment for all. You might find Jaron climbing the peaks of the Cascades, training for his first marathon, or playing guitar with his band.

Joan Crooks

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.

Evan Escamilla
Donor and Corporate Relations Manager

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.

Julie Gonzales-Corbin
Administrative Assistant

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.

Kat Holmes
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.


Natalie Jamerson
Communications Manager

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 Janssen
Field Organizer

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 Krieger
Field Organizer

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 Larson
Data Manager

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 Malley
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.

Shannon Murphy

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 Nakata
Communications Associate

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.

Sean Pender
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 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 Smith
Development and Membership Associate

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 Traisman
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.

John Anderson
Eastside Community Engagement Intern

John is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in Political Science and Psychology. A native of the Seattle area with passions for environmental policy, social justice, and livable labor standards, he is excited spend the summer organizing progressive grassroots power with WEC/WCV. John currently works as a lifeguard, water fitness instructor, and swim lesson instructor at the City of Lynnwood, and likes to spend his free time skiing, hiking, going to concerts, keeping up with current events, and having jam sessions with friends.

James Etzkorn
Community Engagement Intern

Born and raised in Bellingham, James attended Northern Arizona University where he graduated with a BS in Political Science and Environmental Studies. His love for the environment stems from his family, where his mother worked as a veterinarian and his grandfather as a game warden. With a deep passion for environmental conservation and public policy, James is extremely excited to be working with the Washington Environmental Council as a community engagement intern. In his spare time, James enjoys playing the banjo, working in his garden and going on backpacking trips.

Sadie Kurtz
Community Engagement Intern

Sadie comes to the WEC and WCV from Lewis and Clark College where she graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in conservation. Her thesis focused on the interplay between indigenous rights and conservation in Tanzania.  She spent a semester in Tanzania gathering data and another semester in Ecuador, where she worked closely with the zoo engaging Ecuadorians with conservation projects. She spent most of her childhood in Alaska with short stints in Washington and Oregon. No matter where she was she was always hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting and enjoying the outdoors. On the side Sadie enjoys spending time with her horse, Cielo and her Springer Spaniel, Stella Luna.

Wajeeha Malik
Eastside Community Engagement Intern

Wajeeha is really excited to be joining WEC as a Community Engagement Field Intern. Her work experience spans from working at Ministry of Planning, Developing & Reforms, Pakistan where she initiated projects that focused on environmental protection, environmental sustainability education and water conservation. Also she was part of youth mobilization for the socio-economic development project. She has experience working for non-profit organizations, fundraising and as an environmental consultant with experience on EIA projects. She holds a BS in Environmental Sciences with Gold Medal from Bahria University, Pakistan and later joined University of Leeds, UK as a Commonwealth Scholar from where she holds an MSc in Sustainability (Environment & Development). She has recently moved to Seattle and is exploring the new city with her husband. She enjoys painting, making handicrafts and reading.

Katie Patterson
Community Engagement Intern

Katie is thrilled to be a Community Engagement Field Intern at WEC and WCV. She has a passion for environmental issues – particularly environmental justice – that dates back to her years in high school, where she was strongly engaged in the Yakima environmental community. Katie is currently a Sophomore at the University of Washington, where she is double-majoring in Political Science and Anthropology of Globalization. Her goal for the future is to bring an environmental justice lens to wherever her career in government takes her.