Advisory Board

The Program on the Environment is governed by an Advisory Board whose membership reflects stakeholders in environmental education at the University of Washington. The role of the Advisory Board is to bring faculty from a wide range of disciplinary units, senior staff, students, PoE alumni, and external organizations together to consider how PoE can most effectively deliver undergraduate, graduate, and public programs in environmental education.

The functions of the Advisory Board are to:

  • serve as the forum in which the PoE Director obtains advice on how to make PoE activities more effective
  • act as a sounding board for ideas, and actively participate in discussions and brainstorming about PoE directions and programs
  • serve as representatives of PoE in their home units
  • participate actively in networking – both bringing additional faculty into PoE, and finding opportunities to work with faculty from disparate units through PoE
  • vote to quantify support for major decisions of the Director
  • participate in the review of the Director according to the Faculty Code

PoE Advisory Board Members (2014-2015)

College of the Environment

  • Vince Gallucci, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • Joel Thornton, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Dave Montgomery, Earth and Space Sciences
  • Josh Lawler, Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Ryan Kelly, Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Daniel Grumbaum, Oceanography
  • Becca Neumann, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jennifer Truong, Program on the Environment

School of Law

  • Todd Wildermuth, Law

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Karen Litfin, Political Science
  • Peter Kahn, Psychology
  • Lauren Hartzell Nichols, Philosophy/Program on Values in Society


  • Suzy Karl, PoE Alumni Board
  • Christina Owen, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Davis Zhen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Executive Committee

An Executive Committee appointed by the PoE Director from Advisory Board membership meets regularly with the Director to identify Advisory Board agenda items, work on issues prior to discussion at Board meetings, and serve as a representative of PoE, in addition to the Director.