Problem Solving Through Partnerships

Session Lead: Hannah Kett, The Nature Conservancy


Hannah Kett - "Building Sustainable GSI Workforce" 

Hannah is the Puget Sound Cities Program Manager at The Nature Conservancy in Washington, where she works collaboratively with partners across the region to increase access to nature for the health and well-being of people and communities. Her work is guided by a commitment to environmental and racial justice as well as to community-driven solution. Before TNC, Hannah worked with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / TAG and Sustainable Seattle, building collaborative and equitable partnerships, implementing community-based and designed projects and effectively engaging our urban communities in projects from idea to action.  In and outside of work, Hannah enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest - the beautiful city parks, the neighborhoods full of life and good food, and the diversity of landscapes to escape in.

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Pam Emerson - "Transforming Unjust Funding Structures in Green Infrastructure: Closing the Gap Between Aspiration and Practice"

Pam Emerson has worked as a green infrastructure planner and policy advisor with Seattle Public Utilities since 2011. She worked previously with the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment on Seattle’s first climate action plan and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leading regional programs to promote children’s environmental health and accelerate environmental education/literacy.  Pam holds degrees in biology and science education from Cornell University (BS and MAT), landscape architecture from the University of Washington (MLA), and a certificate in transformative change from Pacific Integral. She has deep gratitude for her many anti-racism teachers and peer coaches/colleagues, including Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Nanci Luna Jimenez, Dr. Leticia Nieto, Sonya Renee Taylor, Ticiang Diangson, Vicky Raya,  Bo Zhang, Tasha Bassett, and Sudha Nandagopal.

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Jennifer States - "Transforming Unjust Funding Structures in Green Infrastructure: Closing the Gap Between Aspiration and Practice"

Director for Blue Economy, DNV, Energy & Maritime - North America 

Jennifer brings 20 years of renewable energy and clean tech experience in industry, non-profit, government and research environments. She is the Director for Blue Economy at DNV, Energy and Maritime - North America. She also serves as the Project Director for Washington Maritime Blue, a newly formed cluster organization for maritime innovation and sustainability. Her focus areas include port and maritime innovation and decarbonization projects; such as electrification and alternative fuels for vessels, as well as shoreside renewable energy, storage and microgrids. 

Her experience includes work at DNV, Port of Port Angeles, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, managing a wind development company, as well as serving as City Councilor for Sequim, WA. Her greatest accomplishments include launch and leadership for Washington Maritime Blue, launching a start-up in carbon fiber recycling, implementation of key renewable energy policy, and driving development of clean energy projects. 

She is working to create cross-sector and cross-organization collaboration opportunities to advance the Blue Economy. In 2020, she was asked to testify in Congress on new structures to support cross-cutting Energy and Maritime commercialization activities. She is helping to lead the UN Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform sprint on Harnessing Ocean Energy. For Washington Maritime Blue, she leads stakeholder engagement, joint innovation projects, as well as development of the Blue Economy strategic plan for the Washington State Department of Commerce. 


Whole Watershed Approaches/Urban-Rural Continuum

Session Leads: Cameron Coronado, City of Lynnwood, and Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District

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Bill Dewey - "Oyster Barrels and Clean Water-Dependent Business Perspectives from Mountains to Marine Waters"

Since receiving his degree in shellfish biology from the University of Washington in 1981 Bill Dewey has worked as a shellfish farmer in Washington State. He is Director of Public Affairs for Taylor Shellfish Farms, the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States and he has owned and operated his own shellfish farm in Samish Bay for 20 years.

Mr. Dewey works on environmental, human health, aquaculture and regulatory policy issues at the local, state and federal levels on behalf of Taylor Shellfish and the broader shellfish industry. He serves on a number of boards and committees locally and nationally including the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association and the Pacific Shellfish Institute. He has served on the Puget Sound Partnership’s Ecosystem Coordination Board since its inception in 2007 and co-chairs the Washington Department of Ecology’s Ag Water Quality Advisory Committee with Director Laura Watson. He served on Washington State’s Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011 and currently serves on the Washington Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) advising Washington’s Governor and Legislature on the state’s response to ocean acidification.

During his career the National Shellfisheries Association presented Bill with the David H. Wallace award in recognition of his service in promoting research, understanding and cooperation among shellfisheries scientists, culturists, managers, producers and regulators and NOAA presented him with their Environmental Hero award in recognition of his work to help develop and implement public policy that protects water quality, marine resources and supports sustainable aquaculture.

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Jennifer Engelke, PLA, ASLA - "Evolving Living Shorelines: Design and Research to Restore our Urban Estuaries"

Graduate Student (’23), PhD in the Built Environment, University of Washington College of Built Environment 

Jenn is a licensed landscape architect and currently a PhD Candidate with research interests on systems-based research and design. She has research and practice experience related to shoreline restoration in urban areas and is specifically interested in exploring the relationship between people and ecological environments. 

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George Thomas Jr. "Evolving Living Shorelines: Design and Research to Restore our Urban Estuaries"

Graduate Student (’21), Master of Marine Affairs (MMA), University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs 

George’s undergraduate studies in political science and communications led to a newspaper career that evolved into digital marketing, and he’s now using those skills to communicate climate science and policy via, and also via events organized by the UW Program on Climate Change. In addition to the Floating Wetlands project, George also is working with an interdisciplinary team to develop a Research Coordination Network in Seattle’s Puget Creek Watershed, and he’s seeking additional opportunities to advocate for and to accelerate salmon habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Mason Bowles, P.W.S. - "Evolving Living Shorelines: Design and Research to Restore our Urban Estuaries"

Principal Scientist, Bioemergent Wetland Solutions 

Mason has over twenty years of experience with project managing, designing and constructing river and wetland creation and restoration projects for King County. Constructed floating wetlands became Mason's passion when he realized their potential for renaturalizing urban waterways. Mason is a Professional Wetland Scientist and has a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.  

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Nancy Rottle, PLA, FASLA - "Evolving Living Shorelines: Design and Research to Restore our Urban Estuaries"

Professor, UW Department of Landscape Architecture + Director, UW Green Futures Lab 

Nancy Rottle is a Professor in the UW’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Director of the UW Green Futures Lab.  An experienced landscape architect, her research integrates testing green infrastructure design practices for environmental and social benefit. She is the Principal Investigator on the Duwamish Floating Wetlands Project. 

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Theresa Fresco, Salmon-Safe BC program manager, Fraser Basin Council - "Salmon-Safe Evolution: New Approaches for Shifting Urban Development to Practices that Protect the Salish Sea"

Theresa is the Regional Manager of the Greater Vancouver – Sea to Sky Region of the Fraser Basin Council and the Program Manager of Salmon-Safe BC.  With a multi-disciplinary background and as a systems thinker, she has over 8 years of local and international experience in a range of areas including watershed management, collaborative watershed governance, sustainability issues, facilitation and process design.  Theresa has a Masters degree from the University of BC’s School of Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelors degree in Geography and English Literature from the University of the Fraser Valley. Theresa is based in Vancouver.

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Dan Kent, co-founder & executive director, Salmon-Safe - "Salmon-Safe Evolution: New Approaches for Shifting Urban Development to Practices that Protect the Salish Sea"

A leader at the nexus between market-based conservation and watershed protection for the past two decades, Dan co-founded Salmon-Safe as a project of river and native fish conservation organization Pacific Rivers in 1997 and served as that organization’s communications director for five years. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dan was raised on a small farm in the Palouse Hills of eastern Washington. He earned an undergraduate degree in management from Washington State University and an MBA from University of Oregon. Dan is based in Portland.

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Molly Ray, Puget Sound director, Salmon-Safe - "Salmon-Safe Evolution: New Approaches for Shifting Urban Development to Practices that Protect the Salish Sea"

Molly joined Salmon-Safe in 2020 after directing sustainability programs and initiatives for national and international corporations including Office Depot and Pan Pacific Hotels. She brings her global experience to the Puget Sound region to build and support the Salmon-Safe community and partners in their efforts to protect and improve water quality with a focus on large-scale development. She earned an undergraduate degree in communications/media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a post-graduate degree in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Molly is based in Seattle.


Building Climate Resilience

Session Lead: Ani Jayakaran, Washington State University Extension


Derek Hann - "Cultivating Emotional Buy-In for Technical GSI Implementation"

Derek is a Professional Engineer for the District. He works with all the District teams, but specializes in Green Stormwater Infrastructure and works closest with the Community Conservation Team. He has designed nearly a thousand rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems within Snohomish County and Camano, as well as many other systems for other Conservation Districts in the Puget Sound region. Derek has 14 years of engineering experience, and 10 years with the District. Derek graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho.

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Erika Harris - "Planning for Stormwater Parks" 

Senior Planner 

Puget Sound Regional Council 

Erika Harris, AICP, is an environmental, urban, and regional planner at Puget Sound Regional Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the central Puget Sound region. She specializes in growth management, comprehensive planning, and environmental issues at PRC. Erika holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Washington. 


Jeff Burkey  - "Results Using Climate Model Rainfall Projections in Urban and Rural Stormwater Designs and Planning for King County, Washington"

Mr. Burkey has over 29 years of experience conducting watershed assessments in the region. During the last decade, he was part of a seminal paper establishing a quantifiable relationship between stream flashiness and meaningful biological indicators of stream health. He was part of a team commissioned to evaluate the effects of climate change on stormwater infrastructure. He has been technical leads on several Washington State Department of Ecology and EPA Grants developing watershed models and stormwater strategies.

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Lance Davisson - "Urban Forestry and Stormwater - the Nexus. Case studies from Snoqualmie"

Owner / Principal Consultant at The Keystone Concept 

Lance has spent the last 21 years in the public and private sector advancing sustainability in the built environment, across Western landscapes and in communities and organizations across the US.  Ten years ago, Lance founded The Keystone Concept as a mechanism for transforming land management, community development and organizational leadership through an innovative, fun and collaborative approach.  

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Zachary Christin - "Urban Forestry and Stormwater - the Nexus. Case studies from Snoqualmie"

Economist - Equilibrium Economics 

Zac's research focuses on post-disaster recovery economics, regulatory policy, urban systems, and advancing applications of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) in federal, state, and local policy. He holds a Masters from the Evans School of Public Policy at UW. Zac's work includes leading research to incorporate environmental benefits for FEMA’s BCA tool, resulting in FEMA Policy FP-108-024-01.  

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Philip Bennett - "Urban Forestry and Stormwater - the Nexus. Case studies from Snoqualmie"

Urban Forester – City of Snoqualmie 

As a climbing arborist and urban forester, Phil is excited by a diverse workload which includes native plant restoration, planting, pruning and treating diseases in landscape trees, tree risk management, engaging volunteers, building partnerships and further developing Snoqualmie’s small but robust urban forestry program.  

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Guillaume Mauger - "Climate Change, Heavy Rains, and Stormwater"

Guillaume Mauger is a research scientist at the UW Climate Impacts Group. Specializing in Climate Science, his work focuses on understanding and adapting to the impacts of climate change on flooding and stormwater in the Pacific Northwest. Guillaume has worked on projects that assess hydrologic changes across a variety of Northwest watersheds, worked to apply climate information in habitat connectivity planning and collaborated with floodplain managers to integrate climate change into their work. In addition to his research, Guillaume serves as a resource to stakeholders that are interested in obtaining and understanding the numerous climate and hydrologic projections that are now available.


Systems of Power/Access and Racial Equity

Session Leads: Emma Norman, Northwest Indian College, and Cameron Coronado, City of Lynnwood

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Elisha Gill - "Adapting the Raingarden and Bioretention Assessment Protocol for a Wider Community Use"

Project Manager Intern 

World Relief Seattle 

Elisha is currently a seventeen-year-old high school running start student at Kent-Meridian High School and Highline Community College graduating in June 2021. She is currently leading a student-curated project in partnership with her Environmental Club and Risa Suho to create a Rain Garden and Cistern on the Kent-Meridian High School campus funded by Waterworks Grants. Other affiliations include: Youth Seat member of the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GrIP) committee. 

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Lucas McClish - "Adapting the Raingarden and Bioretention Assessment Protocol for a Wider Community Use"

Community Garden Coordinator 

World Relief Seattle 

Lucas is an environmental scientist with a passion for the intersectionality of people and the environment. His background in stormwater management and international agriculture fits well with his current work at Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden, where he manages new green stormwater infrastructure builds and facilitates agricultural programming for local refugee and immigrant communities. When Lucas is not trouble shooting raingardens or designing food forests, he enjoys weekend adventures in the mountains, investing in his neighbors/neighborhood and gathering with his church community. 

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Risa Suho - "Adapting the Raingarden and Bioretention Assessment Protocol for a Wider Community Use""

My name is Risa Suho, I'm a 19-year-old Asian American immigrant. I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Washington and one of the 2020-2021 Project Manager Interns for World Relief Seattle. My life goal is to learn about and promote diversity and inclusion in environmental and sustainability movements and professions.

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Tahmina Martelly - "Adapting the Raingarden and Bioretention Assessment Protocol for a Wider Community Use"

Resiliency Programs Manager

Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tahmina lived in Yemen before arriving at a farm in Idaho. A registered dietitian by education, Tahmina has worked with refugee and immigrant resiliency projects for the last 30 years. Tahmina has been with World Relief Seattle since 2016. She began the  Resiliency and Empowerment programs at World Relief Seattle, which includes environmental education and multi-benefit Green Infrastructure projects that directly impact refugee, immigrant and other BIPOC communities. 

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April Mendez - "Equity in GSI" 

CEO, Greenprint Partners 

Driven by an inherent respect for the human spirit, April co-founded Greenprint Partners to help foster environments in which everyone can thrive and make their mark on our collective future. April brings a community-driven and equity-centered perspective to green infrastructure from her background in community organizing in Chicago’s west side and in driving the growth of the national interfaith action movement. These experiences ground her work in building communities' capacity to shape their own future and fostering trust and collaboration across racial, religious, and public-private divides. April holds a BA from Carleton College and completed MBA coursework in social innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

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Rose Jordan - "Equity in GSI" 

Passionate about facilitating meaningful community involvement in green infrastructure delivery, Rose guides Greenprint Partners’ community activation and communications practices. A proud Puget Sound local, Rose combines more than a decade of environmental marketing and program management experience with a deep passion for equitable urban sustainability. Rose earned a community-based urban planning BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Dave LaClergue - "Urban Green Infrastructure in Seattle: Prioritizing System Needs and Community Voices"

Drainage and Wastewater Focus Area Planning Lead 

Seattle Public Utilities 


Short bio: Dave manages an SPU program to identify and advance green infrastructure opportunities in Seattle’s high growth urban village neighborhoods. Through a mix of partnerships, this program implements projects that increase system capacity while responding to broader community priorities. In previous roles at City of Seattle, Dave led the expansion of Seattle’s Green Factor landscape standards, as well as neighborhood planning in Yesler Terrace and the U District. 

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Brent Robinson - "Urban Green Infrastructure in Seattle: Prioritizing System Needs and Community Voices"

Brent Robinson is a registered Professional Engineer with 11 years of experience analyzing and planning combined sewer overflow (CSO) reduction strategies.  At SPU, Brent leads the CSO Retrofit team where he is currently leading the Longfellow Starts Here project – a co-created CSO planning effort to align SPU’s infrastructure with community needs, centering BIPOC voices at every step.  Brent is a lifelong Seattleite who enjoys the rain a little more than he should.

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Mary Rabourn - "Working with Ethnic Media to Connect with Communities"

Mary Rabourn, Communications, King County Stormwater Services Section, hustles to connect the health of people and the environment they live in. Her focus is on professionalizing outreach with communities to design projects, using the best of social marketing, behavior change and language access practices. Her hope is to bust through science biases to consider human ecologies in responding to our shared future. Since the start of COVID she has supported the Vashon Emergency Response (a model for rural response), and Public Health-Seattle & King County Ethnic media outreach and the STORM regional collaborative of stormwater professionals.


Building Infrastructure Systems and Sharing Lessons for Future Projects

Session Lead: Dave Rodgers, MIG SvR

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Cari Simson - “Equinox ‘Industrial Strength’ GSI - Scaling Up and Supporting Local Businesses”

Director of Stormwater Programs 



Cari joined ECOSS in June 2019 as the Director of Stormwater Programs, providing program leadership and direction on projects related to water quality, green infrastructure and public engagement. Cari has over 15 years’ experience working in Seattle on green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and urban design projects. Her previous work includes workforce development, facilitating public-private partnership concepts for neighborhood amenity improvements, and promoting the multiple benefits of GSI in the urban environment to achieve equity and social justice outcomes.   

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Shanti Colwell - “First Full-Scale Field Result of a Polishing Layer to Eliminate Nutrient and Metals Export from Bioretention Systems”

Shanti Colwell, PE is a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) engineer who works for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). She is responsible for managing the GSI Capital projects for SPU, including developing policy and regulatory requirements, defining technical standards for GSI in Seattle, and leading the planning and implementation of GSI capital projects in the right-of-way for SPU, specifically around Seattle’s Natural Drainage Systems Partnering Program, which has the goal of optimizing community and cost benefits by partnering with other city departments.

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Dylan Ahearn - “First Full-Scale Field Result of a Polishing Layer to Eliminate Nutrient and Metals Export from Bioretention Systems”

Dylan Ahearn is a hydrologist who has spent the past 20 years studying the environmental consequences of human alteration to aquatic systems. He is currently an adjunct professor and Associate Director with Herrera Environmental Consultants.  Dylan specializes in experimental design, statistical analysis, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, IoT, and nonparametric statistics, with a particular focus on stormwater BMP research and development.  Dylan’s goal is to continue to collect and organize information that increases understanding of our impact on the environment.


Dustin Atchison, PE, PMP - "GSI and Reimagining Healthy Public Spaces"


Mr. Atchison is Jacobs’ Global Technology Lead for Stormwater and Watershed Management and has over 23 years of experience (15+ at Jacobs/CH2M) in water resources and stormwater management.   Mr. Atchison is a recognized regional and national leader in green infrastructure with expertise in development of master plans, guidelines, education and implementation of stormwater solutions that bring multiple benefits to communities.  Dustin also brings project management and design expertise and experience in ecosystem restoration projects including stream and wetland restoration and culvert fish passage replacement projects.  

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Alison Schweitzer - “GSI Assistance Program Models in Puget Sound”

Program/Project Manager

King County (Stormwater Services) 

As a program/project manager within Stormwater Services at King County, Alison Schweitzer facilitates many internal and external collaborative planning efforts, supports a variety of stormwater management programs, and strives to continuously improve how people and teams work together. Alison is passionate about listening intently to everyone's unique stories, asking questions to better understand perspectives, and ensuring everyone's voice is heard.

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Christie Lovelace - “GSI Assistance Program Models in Puget Sound”

Christie Lovelace is the Surface Water Programs Specialist for the City of Shoreline. She is passionate about building resilient communities and restoring environmental resources through effective community engagement.


Science and Pragmatism

Session Lead: Derek Hann, Snohomish Conservation District

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Jake Harris - “Adapting Green Technologies to Meet the Ongoing Needs of the Community”

Jake Harris is the founder of Stone Soup Gardens which  is a blend of landscape general contractor, whole system based designer, and global citizen focused on solving challenges around climate change, food systems, watershed health, and habitat spaces one garden at a time.  Problem Solving is our passion whether we are maximizing roof collection for a rainwise installation, or maximizing impact by combining Urban Farming with GSI solutions.  or maximizing benefits by plumbing rain water inside the home and plumbing greywater from home into garden.   Jake is grateful to have collaborated with some truely inspiring creators on some of  the regions ground breaking GSI projects. This past fall he was honored to partner with Seattle College, and Seattle Public Utilities, to run the inaugural RainWise Academy that facilitated instruction on how to build a rain garden/cistern, how to assess a home, how to run a business etc  that graduated a 15+ members cohort.    Jake is delighted to return to the Green Infrastructure Summit and its spirit of Symbiotic Connections.

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Stefano Mazilli - :“Adapting How We Find and Adopt Green Infrastructure Practices: Lessons Learned and Opportunities Identified from a Scan of Ports Across the USA, and the Regional Wellspring and Green Economy Initiatives”

Stefano leads PureBlue’s Puget Sound Recovery project identifying industrial permittee’s needs, and connecting them with appropriate technologies, BMPs and management resources addressing their challenges. Stefano is also Senior Research Scientist at Puget Sound Institute, University of Washington. He is a technical leader in water pollution and resource planning, assisting governments, institutions and NGOs to adopt and apply new technologies for improved decision making. Over the last 20 years, Stefano has worked with various UN agencies internationally and research institutions and government bodies in the USA and Australia.

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Michelle Chow - “Adapting Orcas Love Raingardens: A COVID Continuum”

Stormwater and Toxics Policy Manager 

Washington Environmental Council 

Michelle is the Stormwater and Toxics Policy Manger for Washington Environmental Council where she works on policy approaches to equitably reduce the impacts of stormwater and toxics on water, wildlife, and people. Michelle worked for the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee on community engagement around green stormwater infrastructure and holds a M.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences where she studied the effects of stormwater pollution to Pacific salmon. 

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Allie Campbell - “Adapting Orcas Love Raingardens: A COVID Continuum”

Water Quality Outreach Specialist 

Pierce Conservation District 

Allie manages several programs at the district including the Urban Tree Sale and the Rain Barrel sale. She also leads a variety of workshops concerning tree care and stormwater, and watershed knowledge. She also oversees many habitat restoration sites throughout Pierce County acting as a habitat steward and volunteer coordinator. 

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Robb Krehbiel - “Adapting Orcas Love Raingardens: A COVID Continuum”

Robb Krehbiel is the Northwest Representative for Defenders of Wildlife in Seattle where he works to conserve imperiled species across the region, including grizzly bears and orcas, and their habitat through landscape-level planning. Before joining Defenders, Robb was the Yellowstone Wildlife Fellow with the National Parks Conservation Association. In this role, he helped ranchers modify their fences to make them wildlife-friendly. He also worked on several projects in Montana as an independent consultant, including identifying carnivore connectivity areas and recommending bighorn sheep conservation strategies. Prior to moving to Montana, Robb was the Program Associate with Environment Washington in Seattle. There, he worked on banning plastic bags in over a dozen cities and securing a National Monument designation in the San Juan Islands. Robb graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drake University with two Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Politics.

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Jessica Engel - “Embracing Co-Design in Stormwater Planning and an Example Project”

Water Quality Planner 

King County’s Stormwater Services Section 

Jessica has spent the past 12 years of her career focused on improving water quality and preparing communities for climate change impacts. Jessica focuses on partnership development and community engagement to build successful programs that lead to improved environmental outcomes. Her passion for this work started on south end of Chicago, where she grew up, dreaming of easier access to the outdoors. 

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Josh Brosnan - “Embracing Co-Design in Stormwater Planning and an Example Project”

Strategic Planning Manager

Stormwater Services, King County Department of Natural Resources

John currently leads up organizational development and change management for King County Stormwater Services. John brings 25 years of experience in natural resources management spanning the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. His specific area of focus has been leading regional and statewide collaborative planning efforts, including strategic planning for wetlands restoration, land preservation, and wildlife conservation. 


Northern Watersheds

Session Lead: Aaron Clark, Stewardship Partners

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Frank Lawrence III - “Lummi Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Bank”

Frank Lawrence III is a lifetime Lummi fisherman and has worked with the Lummi Natural Resources Department (LNR) for seventeen years and has built a strong foundation of knowledge with respect to local, state, tribal, and Federal natural resources policies and procedures.  His years of experience working on natural resource projects and policies is testimonial to his commitment maintaining and restoring important natural resources that are critical to the survival of the Lummi peoples.  Frank is the steward of the first tribally owned and operated Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Bank in the United States.  He has overseen the planting of 150,000 conifers and 150,000 live willow stakes.


Mike Wolanek - "Arlington's Artificial Wetland, 10 Years of Integrated Water Management"

Mike Wolanek has served as a Water Resources Planner with the City of Arlington Public Works for the past 17 years.  His responsibilities include comprehensive and special projects planning for the City’s water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, and he seeks opportunities to integrate water resources management wherever possible.   He administers water conservation and watershed and wellhead protection programs, regulatory compliance programs, and looks to secure a long-term sustainable water supply for the City.   

Prior to joining the City, Mike worked for 9 years in environmental consulting, and 8 years with the Forest Service in Southeast Alaska. 

Mike has been married to April, a nurse practitioner, for 25+ years, and together they have three young and busy sons.  Mike and April have also volunteered in drinking water and health programs in underdeveloped countries, having drilled wells and conducted health education programs in remote villages in Siberia, Africa, and Central America. 


Eli Mackiewicz - "Bellingham - Modeling Collaboration from Bay to Baker; How Partners and Stakeholders Shape Bellingham's Approach to Restoration"

 Eli has spent the last decade managing residential- and neighborhood-scale stormwater retrofits for the City of Bellingham. Eli serves as the City’s subject expert and technical lead on stormwater retrofits, phosphorus management, watershed planning, grant administration, and -- new in 2021 -- the City’s Electrification of Transportation initiative. Eli holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a LID Design Certificate from Washington State University. As an introvert and a proud stormwater nerd, Eli was an expert in social distancing long before the pandemic, but he does really miss networking with his friends and colleagues over a post-summit beverage.