Clare Ryan

Clare M. Ryan, Director and Professor

phone: (206) 221-0743
office: 015D Wallace Hall

Clare is the Director of the Program on the Environment, and also a Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.  She has adjunct faculty appointments in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, and the School of Law. Her research and teaching focuses on applications of policy formation and implementation, collaborative governance, and urban ecology theories to the field of natural resource management. Recently, she completed research projects and publications examining best practices in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation; use of best available science in regulation development; and institutional analyses of collaborative watershed planning groups. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Ryan worked as an environmental scientist and regulatory specialist for state (Washington Department of Ecology) and federal (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) resource management agencies.

Ann Corboy

Ann Corboy, Administrator

phone: (206) 221-4895
office: 015H Wallace Hall

Ann has a degree in Biology and began her career in the Plant Department (now Network Services) with the (pre-divestiture) local telephone company Pacific Northwest Bell. Following 18 years of long hours and much travel, with her children in their final years of high school, she resigned to have the stay-at-home mom experience. She returned to work in a new career – administrative work at the University of Washington – ideal because of the wealth of unique and diverse experiences available in the academic world AND the short commute from her home in Ravenna. Ann has worked in several departments – Forestry, the Law School, the Information School – and is delighted to now be a part of the PoE community.

Anne DeMelle

Anne DeMelle, Graduate Program Coordinator

phone: (206) 221-6129
office: 015H Wallace Hall


  • B.A. Philosophy. The College of William & Mary, 2002
  • M.Sc. Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability.  Blekinge Institute of Technology, 2007

Anne’s decade of experience in the environmental sector has taken her up and down the east coast, to Sweden and now back to her native Seattle where she runs PoE’s Environmental Management graduate program and helps to launch the next generation of environmental leaders. Prior to her current role, she advised leading mission-driven organizations on their sustainability strategies, including the nation’s 4th largest credit union, a Department of Energy national research laboratory, a multinational retailer and the City of Seattle. She began her career raising millions to support the ground-breaking work of the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. Anne is passionate about creating transformational change to make the world a better place, starting right at home where she and her husband manage a 300 square-foot “victory garden” and tend to a flock of 4 gregarious hens. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth.

Julie Bulow

Julie Johnston, Undergraduate Adviser

phone: (206) 616-1208
office: 12G Wallace Hall

Julie graduated from Oregon State University with a Master's in Education in 2003 and has served in various capacities in higher education for over 10 years. She has worked at four different institutions, and recently while working at UW Bothell, she created the program called Husky Rides, which is a bike share program aimed at sustainability efforts and health promotion. In addition, Julie has served as an Academic Adviser at Sonoma State University and Pacific Lutheran University, running first year and leadership seminars, and leading students on outdoor leadership and service learning experiences on the local hiking trails and environment. Growing up in the local area, Julie has spent much time in the Olympic Mountains and loves being in the outdoors as much as possible.

Joe Kobayashi

Joe Kobayashi, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

phone: (206) 616-2461
office: 012E Wallace Hall


  • B.A. Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP). University of Washington, 2000
  • M. Ed. Counseling and Guidance. University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2005

Joe has worked as a counselor and adviser for over 10 years in academic advising, school counseling, and career counseling with a diverse range of students from kindergarten to college. He started working with PoE in 2007 as the Undergraduate Adviser.

**The mailing address for all staff is: Program on the Environment, 3737 Brooklyn Ave NE, Box 355679, Seattle, WA 98195**