JD University of California at Berkeley -- Boalt Hall School of Law (1999). Certificate in Environmental Law.
BA Stanford University, Political Science (Honors) (1996)
FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS and PUBLICATIONS
Named a Rising Star lawyer by the readers of Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Y.K. Yee – Academic Merit Fellow. (1996-1999)
The Ecology Law Quarterly – Articles Editor (1998)
Founding member, The Environmental Law Society (1996)
Co-Author, “Is Take a Taking?” Endangered Species Act CLE (Jan 1999).
Author, “The Endangered Habitat Act: A New Approach for Protecting Biodiversity” (1996) (Honors Thesis Stanford University)
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Civic Engagement - University of Washington College of the Environment (Current).
- Work focuses on integrating UW science into the policy and decision making realms.
- Leads the College’s effort to forge strategic partnerships with state agencies, including the recently formed Center for Ocean Acidification.
- Work to fund key initiatives within the College such as the replacement of the RV Barnes, the Ocean Acidification Center, and the Climate Impacts Group.
- Occasional lecturer on Puget Sound recovery and other marine conservation issues in various departments on campus.
President - Tatoosh Law and Policy Group (Current)
- Advise clients on environmental law and policy issues
- Led recent negotiations to clean up Port Gamble Bay on Hood Canal
- Produced a political strategy report on how to effectively implement coastal and marine special planning for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- Drafted a report titled: “A Political and Capacity Analysis for Conservation Investments in the Washington Coast” for a consortium of foundations that focus on marine conservation including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Harder Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trust among others.
Executive Director – Puget Sound Partnership (September 2007- December 2010)
- Appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire to be the first Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership.
- Directed start-up of dynamic agency to lead the Puget Sound recovery effort.
- Led process to create the Puget Sound Action Agenda – a comprehensive, science based plan to recover Puget Sound, adopted Dec. 1, 2008.
- Spearheaded effort to increase federal funding from and initial $1m in FY2007 to $50m in FY 2010.
- Partnered with local governments to launch the “Puget Sound Starts Here” public awareness campaign.
- Pioneered a new accountability and management system for Puget Sound recovery including ecosystem indicators and long-term targets for recovery.
- Led effort to reach regional consensus on the contents of the Action Agenda through a yearlong public involvement effort including over 75 presentations, 80 public meetings, and the evaluation of 11,182 public comments.
- Spearheaded development of the Puget Sound Recovery Act of 2010, which passed out of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. This bill would create a permanent Puget Sound program under the Clean Water Act.
- Created and managed three advisory boards including the Leadership Council (7 members), the Ecosystem Recovery Board (27members), and the Science Panel (10 members).
Attorney/Partner - CASCADIA LAW GROUP PLLC (Seattle, Washington 2002-2007)
- Practice focused on endangered species and natural resources law and policy.
- Extensive experience with NEPA, SEPA, and the Clean Water Act.
- Counsel to the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound, assisting in the development and implementation of the nationally acclaimed Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan.
- Helped catalyze development of the Governor's new Puget Sound Partnership and worked for the blue ribbon Partnership in its efforts to rescue the Sound.
- Worked in Olympia to help craft and pass legislation implementing the Puget Sound Partnership’s recommendations. SB 5372 was singed into law on May 7, 2007.
- Worked on efforts to reform environmental mitigation in Washington State.
- Counsel to the Family Forest Foundation negotiating their multi-landowner HCP in Lewis County.
- Co-counsel on I-933 ballot title challenge.
Partner - Thompson & Dicks Consulting Group (Tacoma, Washington) (2000-2002).
- Specialized in public policy, natural resource consulting, and multi-party dispute resolution.
- Facilitated Portland Water Bureau’s Sandy River Habitat Conservation Plan
- Negotiated Tacoma Water Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement process
Associate with Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell (Tacoma, Washington) (1999-2000).
- Facilitated development and implementation of numerous Habitat Conservation Plans under the Endangered Species Act including the Forest and Fish Law and Murray Pacific’s HCP.
- Facilitated “Tri-County” response to ESA listing of Chinook Salmon.
- Facilitated Forest and Fish Law policy group to develop forest practice rules to implement the landmark agreement
- Seattle Aquarium - Board Member (2010-present)
- The Clean Boating Foundation - Board Member (2012-present)
- Puget Sound Partnership - Leadership Council Member (2010 – present)
- Washington Environmental Council - Board Member (2007)
- Western Environmental Law Center - Board Member (2005-2007)
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