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Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs


JD     University of California at Berkeley -- Boalt Hall School of Law (1999). Certificate in Environmental Law.

BA    Stanford University, Political Science (Honors) (1996)


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)


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.

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Civic Engagement - University of Washington College of the Environment (2011 - December 2013)

  • Work focused on integrating UW science into the policy and decision making realms.
  • Led the College’s effort to forge strategic partnerships with state agencies, including the recently formed Center for Ocean Acidification.
  • Worked to fund key initiatives within the College such as the replacement of the RV Barnes, the Ocean Acidification Center, and the Climate Impacts Group.
  • Occasionally lecturered on Puget Sound recovery and other marine conservation issues in various departments on campus.

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)