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.
Minta joined the WCV development team in 2014. She leads the fundraising events for both Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council: Breakfast of Champions, the Green Gala, and Summer Swell. Her work focuses on providing opportunities for supporters to engage, learn, and give – creating a community of supporters with a deep connection to our work, one event at a time. Minta brings seven years of development and events experience to this role and has worked on a wide range of issues from k-5 education to the arts. Most recently, Minta served as the Development Specialist at Powerful Schools, where she helped shape their event and development strategies.
Raised in Oregon with a family of nature-lovers, Minta has always had a deep appreciation for the outdoors. She is honored to have the chance to protect the bounty of natural resources found in Washington through her work here. Outside of work, Minta is an avid dancer and also keeps busy with yoga, volunteering, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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.
Growing up in the San Juan Islands, Kara developed a deep appreciation for the environment and is excited to be the bookkeeper for an organization that is dedicated to protecting Washington’s environment. Kara has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Washington, where her studies focused on Globalization, Health and Development. Kara also currently works at Climate Solutions as the Bookkeeper and Office Manager and formerly worked at Village Volunteers, a nonprofit that works with local organizations in rural villages in Asia and Africa. Outside of her work at nonprofits, you’ll find Kara cooking, camping, traveling, dancing and enjoying the outdoors.
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 Manager 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.
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.
Cathy is the joint Voter Education and Outreach Director for Washington Conservation Voters and our partner organization, Washington Environmental Council. In this role she provides strategy and leadership for grassroots organizing and voter engagement efforts for our major environmental community campaigns. She also co-manages WCV’s elected official accountability efforts with WCV’s Political Director. A native Seattleite, she graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Communications and studied sustainable business with Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School). She’s traveled around the world, taught English in China, and worked mainly for nonprofits and environmental efforts in Bellingham before returning to Seattle in 2014. While in Bellingham, Cathy helped build Sustainable Connections and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), both business networks focused on greening local independent businesses and supporting entrepreneurs to build strong local economies. She also headed up the nationally recognized Green Power Community Challenge, helped create an award-winning “My Downtown” community visioning process, and influenced rural and urban land use planning as Chapter Director of Futurewise Whatcom. She served on Bellingham City Council for three years, her final year as President, and provided leadership for Lake Whatcom drinking water quality and the waterfront redevelopment master planning process. Cathy also served for two years on the Governor-appointed Serve Washington commission for volunteerism and community service in Washington state, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at Pepperdine University in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. She now lives on Queen Anne hill with her kitties, Monster and Knowing, and enjoys live music shows, trying new restaurants with friends, and exploring Seattle by foot, bike, and bus.
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.
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.
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.
Byambasuren is very excited to be a Legislative Session Field Interns. She is a sophomore in the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington and is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Annual family trips to the Mongolian countryside, as well as a desire to learn more about her city’s air pollution levels, led to her interest in environmental protection. She loves to spend time with her family traveling and exploring new places.
Jessica was born and raised in Singapore. She moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for Environmental Studies along with Environmental Science and Resource Management. Studying the intersection of human and natural systems, she developed an interest in environmental justice and policy. In her free time Jessica enjoys exploring Seattle with her mom and bird watching.
Mercedes is one of WCV’s Legislative Session Field Interns and was critical in helping organize WCV’s fieldwork last election season as our Sound Transit 3-Regional Proposition 1 Intern. She recently received her Bachelors of Arts in Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) at the University of Washington. Her educational focus was around climate change mitigation and adaption methods. She previously worked at UW Transportation Services in the Commute Concierge program that helped the University make large strides towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 through Commute Trip Reduction. She also worked as a research assistant at UW Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research where she performed scenario planning for communities vulnerable to natural hazards. In her spare times she loves to travel to National Parks and hangout among the bison and muskrats.