Paul Balle
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
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 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

Grace Drechsel
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
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
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
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

Tony Ivey
Field Organizer

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.

(206) 631-2626tony@wcvoters.org

Lauren Kastanas
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

Faye Kennedy
Development and Events Associate

Faye worked with Washington Environmental Council as the Swim Duwamish Intern in 2015. After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Ecological Systems, she went on to work for the Whale Trail and Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Faye returns to WEC and Washington Conservation Voters as the Development and Events Associate, supporting the Development team. In her free time, you can find her on her yoga mat or at the beach with her dog.

206.631.2612 faye@wcvoters.org

Emily Krieger
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
Visual Communications Associate

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
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
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

Morgan Michel
Field Organizer

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!

 

morgan@wcvoters.org

Lucy Middleton
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, 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.

206-631-2617lucy@wcvoters.org

Colton Misono
Administrative Associate

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.

206.631.2616colton@wcvoters.org

Tina Montgomery
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
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

Shannon Murphy
Chief Campaigns Officer

Shannon is the Chief Campaigns Officer 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.

206-631-2628 shannon@wcvoters.org

Kristi Nakata
Digital Communications Manager

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.

206-631-2606kristi@wcvoters.org

Darcy Nonemacher
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

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 spending time with his daughter.

206-631-2614sean@wcvoters.org

Lisa Remlinger
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

Dre Say
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

Griffin Smith
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
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

Nikki Irizzary
Nicole Irizzary
Community Engagement & Campaign Intern

Nikki is excited to dive into environmental work as a Community Engagement and Campaign intern with the WEC. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Communications in December of 2019, with aspirations of becoming a PR specialist. During her academic career, she has contributed to the betterment of Whatcom County by advocating for the homeless and co-creating a tenant rights site for college residents; has done extensive research on intercultural relations, mentored college students on the art of public speaking as an Instructor’s Assistant, and dedicated her senior ethics paper to sustainable fashion. Vocationally, she has over 6 years of customer service experience in retail and social services. She is passionate about environmental justice and is eager to continue the movement as a proud representative of this organization.

nicole@wcvoters.org

Grace LaMonte
Community Engagement & Campaign Intern

Grace is thrilled to learn more about organizing and environmental advocacy as a Community Engagement and Campaign Intern for WEC. She is currently a senior at Western Washington University, and is graduating in the fall with a degree in Political Science and Communications. Grace is passionate about sustainable food systems and mutual aid work. In their spare time, they like to find vegetarian recipes to cook, bake bread, and take care of their houseplants.

grace@wcvoters.org

Mariana Sanchez Castillo
Community Engagement & Campaign Intern

Mariana graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, with a BA in Sociology & Anthropology, and Environmental Policy in May 2020. She grew up in Mexico City, where she visits family often throughout the year. During her time in Tacoma, she organized with her university’s ECO Club and the identity club, Latinxs Unidxs, as well as interned with Downtown On the Go, a transportation justice non-profit. Mariana spent a semester abroad in Jaipur, India studying sustainable development and social change. There, she conduted research on Sikkim’s Ecotourism Policy. She interviewed nature guides, governmental staff, and homestay families regarding the policy’s impact on mountain communities. She is passionate about intersectional environmental justice and wrote her senior thesis on how news media narratives produced victims and disaster tropes in the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. Recently, she worked with Future Generations to elect candidate Beth Doglio to U.S. Congress. In her spare time she organizes with youth climate activists at Sunrise Tacoma, she serves on the WA Youth Council, cooks vegan meals, goes backpacking, practices acrobatic yoga, and bikes everywhere!

mariana@wcvoters.org

Daniela Schulman
Community Engagement & Campaign Intern

Dani serves as a Community Engagement & Campaign Intern at Washington Environmental Council. She joins WEC with a degree in Environmental Studies and Human Rights from Yale University, where she co-led the student environmental coalition and advocated for carbon pricing and endowment justice. Before this internship, Dani worked in communications and marketing for environmental research centers and environmentally responsible brands. Raised in Washington State, Dani loves eating sustainably caught smoked salmon for breakfast, scuba diving, and roller skating in Seattle.

daniela@wcvoters.org