Earth Day Northwest 2020 Leadership Group

The Earth Day Northwest 2020 Leadership Group was key to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and how we used it to catalyze the very best for our region. We worked towards a diverse and fully-engaged Leadership Group of highly prominent community, business, educational and spiritual leaders.

Names listed alphabetically

Lylianna Allala, Board Member | Environmental Professionals of Color, Program Manager | Equity and Environment, City of Seattle
Ron Allen, Chair of the Tribal Council I Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Scott Armstrong,  Former President and CEO | Group Health
Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal, Executive Minister | Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches
Rev. Paul Benz, Co-Director | Faith Action Network
Tamar Benzikry | Arts Advocate
Amada Cruz
, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO | Seattle Art Museum
Ruth Dickey, Executive Director | Seattle Arts and Lectures

Thatcher Bailey, President | Seattle Parks Foundation
Allan Belton, President | Pacific Lutheran University
LeeAnne Beres, Executive Director | Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light
Megan Birzell, Washington State Director | The Wilderness Society
Patty Bowman, Executive Director | Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center
Phyllis Campbell, Chairman | JPMorgan Chase & Co. Pacific Northwest Region
Ana Mari Cauce, President | University of Washington
Katherine Cheng, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations| Expedia
Loren M. Cohen
, Managing Director | Point Ruston LLC
Ray Conner, Former CEO | Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Michelle Connor, President and CEO | Forterra
Isiaah Crawford, President | University of Puget Sound
Joan Crooks, CEO | Washington Environmental Council
Dr. Ben Danielson, Senior Medical Director | Odessa Brown Medical Clinic
Will Daugherty, President and CEO | Pacific Science Center
Robert Davidson, President and CEO | Seattle Aquarium  
Katie DeCramer|Mountaineers Books
Elise DeGooyer, Co-Director| Faith Action Network
Ruth Dickey, Executive Director | Seattle Arts and Lectures
Bob Drewel, Senior Advisor to the President |Washington State University
Steve Dubiel
, Executive Director | EarthCorps
Gene Duvernoy, CEO Emeritus | Forterra
Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director | Chief Seattle Club
Dan Evans|Former Governor and Senator
Kelly Evans, Partner | Sound View Strategies
Leonard Forsman, Chair | Suquamish Indian Tribe
Mitch Friedman, Executive Director | Conservation Northwest
Matt Galvin, Co-Owner | Pagliacci Pizza
Leonard Garfield, Executive Director | MOHAI
Dwight Gee |Arts Advocate
Alejandro Grajal, President and CEO | Woodland Park Zoo
Jim Greenfield, Partner | Real Estate & Land Use Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine
Christine Gregoire, CEO | Challenge Seattle and former Governor
Adrian Hanauer, Owner | Sounders FC
Cate Hardy, CEO | PCC Markets
Denis Hayes, President and CEO | The Bullitt Foundation
Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer | Microsoft
Martha Kongsgaard, President | Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
Vu Le, Creator|NonprofitAF
Kathi Littmann, President and CEO | The Greater Tacoma Community
Gary Locke, Former Governor and US Ambassador to China
Will Ludlam, President |Weber Shandwick West 
Daniel Martin, President | Seattle Pacific University
Ryan Mello, Executive Director | Pierce Conservation District
Nicholas Merriam, CEO |
Tony Mestres, President and CEO | Seattle Foundation
James Miles, Executive Director | Arts Corps
Nate Miles, VP Strategic Initiatives, State Government Affairs | Lilly USA, LLC
T’wina Nobles, CEO | Tacoma Urban League
Dan Nordstrom, CEO Emeritus | Outdoor Research
Kelly Ogilvie, CEO | DeepCell Industries
Estela Ortega, Executive Director | El Centro de la Raza
Julie Pham, Vice President of Community Engagement and Marketing | Washington Technology Industry Association
Benson Porter, CEO | BECU
Tamara Power-Drutis, Fellow | Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Timothy Punke, Partner | Monument Advocacy 
Ben Reuler, Executive Director | Seattle Works
William Robertson, President and CEO | MultiCare
Peter Rogoff, CEO| Sound Transit
Kimerly Rorschach, Former President and CEO | Seattle Art Museum
Jim Rose, President and General Manager | KING 5 Media Group, a TEGNA company
The Very Reverend Michael G. Ryan, Pastor | St. James Cathedral
Isha Sangani|Environmental Activist
Fawn Sharp
, President|Quinault Indian Nation
Mike Stevens, State Director|The Nature Conservancy
Father Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., President | Seattle University
Jane Stonecipher, Executive Director | WA Park Arboretum
Ed Thomas, Managing Partner | Deloitte
The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason, Dean and Rector | Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
Brad Tilden, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | Alaska Air Group, Inc.
Marcellus Turner, Executive Director and Chief Librarian | The Seattle Public Library
Alan Varsik | Director Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Northwest Trek
Maggie Walker | Civic Leader
Jonna Ward, Chief Executive Officer | The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Rabbi Daniel Weiner | Temple De Hirsch Sinai
James Wong, CEO | Vibrant Cities


Our Team

Gene Duvernoy


Gene has spent more than 30 years working on land conservation and building community, founding Forterra (then called Cascade Land Conservancy) in 1989 in his attic. He led the organization to national prominence by creating bold, innovative and successful programs that improve the quality of life for all residents.


Kristi England

Executive Director

Kristi has spent more than 20 years working in communications, public affairs, and mobilization. Notably, she worked with Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) to develop and implement The Cascade Agenda, and led Seattle Climate Action Now, an initiative that asked city residents to take individual action on climate change.