José “Joey” Posada
While Joey is constantly exploring new activities, playing the violin has been one of his longest lasting joys.
Joey is a creative, energetic communicator with experience developing and managing outreach strategies that center racial equity. His strong interpersonal skills and work with diverse groups of people have given him the opportunity to connect with vibrant communities throughout the Portland area. Joey grew up in Las Vegas, where he explored the unique desert ecosystems with his family and developed his passion for the natural environment and wildlife. He majored in environmental studies with minors in renewable energy and sociology, and completed his master’s degree in urban and regional planning in 2019. Joey is almost always on the go, but you might be able to catch him during one of his meditative sessions of violin practice.
Sara is a maximalist, with a deep love for collecting odds and ends and decorating spaces to the nines.Sara Kilisky
Sara is a maximalist, with a deep love for collecting odds and ends and decorating spaces to the nines.
Sara holds a bachelor's degree from Seattle University in public affairs. She brings three years of experience in qualitative market research using a human-centered approach. Her background also includes work for local community engagement non-profits − planning workshops on topics such as environmental justice, civic engagement, and anti-racism. The common thread of her career, and mission at EnviroIssues, is building meaningful relationships and uplifting underrepresented voices. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at the park, thrifting treasures, hanging out by the water, and enjoying live music.
Maya has been rock climbing for 8 years and fuels her training with lots and lots of hot pot.Maya Suzumura
Maya has been rock climbing for 8 years and fuels her training with lots and lots of hot pot.
Born and raised in Seattle, Maya grew up surrounded by creative communities. She attended the Creative Academy at Seattle Central Community College, where she developed a passion for human-centric design. She is focused on using an empathetic approach to create designs that make lasting emotional connections and believes it's important to ensure designs are accessible, beautiful, intuitive, and inclusive. If you're ever in need of a good recipe, Maya has got your back and she specifically can make a mean steak (the secret is a Sous Vide and lots of love). Maya spends her free time watching horror movies, hosting potlucks for friends, and looking for the perfect rocks to scramble up.
Kristin aspires to attend a baseball game at every Major League ballpark in the U.S.!
Kristin has been implementing successful public involvement strategies on the SR 520 team for almost six years. She navigates a complicated mega-project and interdisciplinary teams to build partnerships and a common understanding among multiple stakeholders. With an interest in healthy and livable communities, and an education in environmental studies and public policy, Kristin helps the SR 520 team deliver key project elements that improve how people live, work and play in Seattle. When she’s not geeking out on transportation blogs, Kristin enjoys yoga, hiking, and Seattle sunsets.
Ask Laura about befriending a wild baboon named Deborah on the plains of Northern Kenya.
After graduating with a degree in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University, Laura spent time honing her observational and tire-changing skills as a research biologist studying primate behavior. In the time since, she has applied her analytical and easy-going nature working in customer service and organizational culture consulting. As comfortable as Laura is behind a spreadsheet, she also enjoys being on the frontlines engaging directly with her communities. She brings experience in data management and equitable engagement, as well as a straightforward communication style, to her projects. Having called California, Massachusetts, Mexico and Kenya home, she is enjoying settling into Portland and is a regular at her local wine and jazz bar.
Growing up, Chelsey spent more than 12 years as a competitive gymnast. She still has a few fun party tricks left to show for it.
Chelsey has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Washington, and her professional career has spanned a variety of industries, including professional sports, international travel, and community engagement. The thread that ties her work together is her passion and energy for building relationships and fostering an environment of trust, support, and mutual understanding. At EnviroIssues, Chelsey draws on her past experience to help clients communicate with communities to find sustainable, equitable solutions to today’s urban development challenges. In her free time, Chelsey can be found baking, hiking, or adventuring around on anything with two wheels.
Despite her fear of heights, Danielle enjoys climbing tall rocks and summitting Cascade peaks.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Danielle ventured to Colorado to ski and earned a Bachelor’s in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and a Master’s in Anthropology from Colorado State University. She has incorporated these studies across environmental communications, marketing, and proposal development, implementing effective science communication strategies to develop broadly sustainable solutions with diverse stakeholders. Her passion for communications and sustainability led her to join the EnviroIssues team as Proposal Manager in 2022. When she’s not working, you can find Danielle on top of a peak somewhere, rock climbing with friends, skiing, or hanging out with her cat, Darwin.
Celeste has never lost a thumb wrestling match, and isn’t planning to anytime soon.
Celeste (they/them) believes that we all have a role to play in living well with each other and the environment. After changing majors as many times as was allowed, they graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Philosophy, focusing on feminist philosophy of science. Celeste moved to Seattle in 2022, packing everything they own into a car and driving across the country. While they discovered that they dislike both moving and driving, they absolutely love Seattle. Before coming to EnviroIssues, they worked in the public speaking world as a coach and coach trainer and on the big stage with TEDx. Celeste is passionate about human-centered public engagement, environmentalism and living in community, and brings an intersectional background in education, social/environmental sciences and data science to work at EI. Outside of work, you can find them starting (and rarely finishing) every type of arts and crafts project, hosting a themed dinner party, or searching through local waterways for frogs.
Tay was awarded second place in a youth spoken word poetry competition even though they had lost their voice the day before.
Tay loves interacting with people who have stories to tell. Tay has experience participating in community engagement projects on topics ranging from climate justice to queer rights, combatting community displacement, and furthering immigrant and refugee leadership opportunities. With their knack for collaboration, relationship-building, and creative problem solving, Tay has built their career around centering community voices in land use planning, policy, and programming initiatives. Tay is a self-proclaimed tech aficionado, and with that, they bring experience in GIS mapping, data analysis, and graphic design. In their spare time, Tay participates in grassroots organizing efforts, plays video games, watches TV with their dog, and partakes in outdoor activities like dirt biking and paddleboarding.
Sometimes Bridger carries bear spray, but not to public meetings.
Originally from the railroad town turned fly fishing capital of Livingston, Montana, Bridger offers a perspective grounded in community development. His master’s degree is in urban and regional planning from Portland State University where he coordinated a grant program for community-based projects to improve watershed health. He now supports planning, permitting and public involvement for energy infrastructure, coordinates a campaign to protect rivers and streams and supports a public process to update how signs are regulated. Bridger lives with his lovely wife and daughter in SE Portland—the perfect staging ground for any adventure.
Laura has lived and studied abroad in Japan, Kenya, and Nicaragua, but is happiest calling the fjords and forests of Puget Sound home.
Laura brings extensive nonprofit management, public policy, and program management experience to her work at EnviroIssues. A master’s degree in environment and community from Antioch University, Seattle prepared her well to explore the intersections between people and natural systems, as well as how we build and develop our cities. Laura is skilled at developing in-depth knowledge about complex issues and explaining these issues to diverse audiences. She enjoys coalition-building and knows that bringing as many perspectives as possible to the table results in better decisions. In her spare time, Laura enjoys nature photography, spins wool into yarn, and knits somewhat obsessively.
Willow learned to row before she could ride a bike – a consequence of spending the first six years of her life on a sailing cargo ship.
Since 2004, Willow has been helping organizations develop effective communications that inspire their audiences to act. A skilled strategist, Willow zeroes in on the true nature of a challenge and builds collaborative solutions. She has facilitated shared campaigns to restore the Mississippi River and Great Lakes ecosystems and brought the sometimes-wonky work of nonprofits to life through multimedia storytelling. Willow is deeply committed to ensuring all voices are heard so we can foster thriving communities and vibrant natural spaces that everyone can enjoy. When not at the office, Willow is volunteering at PAWS Cat City, sailing, going to a show, playing tabletop games, or taking dance classes with great enthusiasm and questionable style.
Alecia has been to Walt Disney World at least 50 times, and one of those times was to get married.Alecia Duane
Alecia has been to Walt Disney World at least 50 times, and one of those times was to get married.
Alecia moved to Seattle from Jacksonville, Florida and will never get over the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. As someone used to only two seasons - hot and hotter, Alecia appreciates every day in the cool, Seattle climate.She is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in accounting and has utilized her skills in multiple accounting and administrative positions. At EnviroIssues, Alecia works on invoicing and the hiring and onboarding process. On weekends, you’ll find her searching for treasures at the nearest Goodwill and exploring the city with her husband.
Nicolas grew up a thespian, acting and singing on stage in over 30 community productions around Western Washington and Southern Virginia.
Nicolas was raised throughout the North Puget Sound region to a family who taught them the importance of serving and leading community. Nicolas is a passionate public policy and strategic communications professional with 6+ years of experience in crafting campaign messaging, generating and executing community and stakeholder engagement plans, and developing social service oriented programming. They hold a Master of Public Policy & Global Affairs degree from the University of British Columbia and a degree in political science from Western Washington University. Nicolas’ erstwhile positions include running a regional enrollment program under the Affordable Care Act, managing a research project for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and fundraising for a nonprofit organization that teaches children who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. In their spare time, you can find Nicolas travelling with their partner, playing games with friends late into the night, and going on walks with their rescued dog, Barnaby.
Brenda is a self-proclaimed transit nerd who loves to travel the world in search of fun and unique transit modes. She has taken a water taxi in Bangkok, a municipal elevator in Medellin, and the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto.Brenda Martin
Brenda is a self-proclaimed transit nerd who loves to travel the world in search of fun and unique transit modes. She has taken a water taxi in Bangkok, a municipal elevator in Medellin, and the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Brenda’s passion for transportation stems from riding the bus with her grandmother, who never learned how to drive a car. She has ten years of experience in transportation planning, community outreach, and project development in both the public and private sector. She is experienced in communicating technical designs, facilitating group discussions, and leading conversations at key project milestones. Brenda is always looking for opportunities to create more connected, walkable, and safe places for the most vulnerable of users. Throughout her work, she strives to elevate and give voice to people of color, low-income people, and those without the means or interest in driving, just like her grandmother. Brenda loves everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer including bikepacking, rock climbing, and hiking.
Matt is a native of Seattle and cut his tech support teeth at the inimitable WRQ, Inc. When he breaks from managing EnviroIssues’ information systems, he enjoys trips to desert climates.
Mik has read fewer books than fingers on one hand, but he has consumed over 10,000 chapters of graphic novels, 1,000 hours of audio books, and countless instructional videos on YouTube.
Mik has lived many lives in 30 years: as an artist, a combat veteran, an American growing up in post-colonial Metro Manila, and as a minority living in America. Because of Mik’s background, he has a deep personal dedication to lifting up underrepresented narratives. During his time as an art curator, Mik solicited art from BIPOC artists in order to showcase more diverse experiences. During his tour in the Navy, Mik supported several new programs, trainings, and initiatives to ensure that BIPOC sailors voices and experiences of discrimination were addressed by leadership. At EnviroIssues, Mik is driven to create opportunities for underrepresented communities to be an integral part of the conversation every step of the way. After 5 pm, Mik spends quality time with his partner Sid and their lovely pup, Korra. He also explores his vast and unending daydreams - putting them into pen and paper as his someday magnum opus that is a manga.
Jaybee can attest that his parents make the best Filipino food.
Jaybee, along with much of his family, is a proud immigrant from the Philippines. He attended Seattle University and holds a degree in environmental studies with a specification in urban sustainability. Jaybee comes to EnviroIssues with a passion for creating public spaces that engage with the community through both body and soul. He has supported marketing and event planning for a number of causes including Seattle University’s Dance Marathon, which raised money for Children’s Hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund and their Strong Against Cancer research. He has a deep passion for Asian American history and continues to explore different avenues where it can be expressed. In his downtime, Jaybee loves to sing, play music, watch combat sports and save the world on his PlayStation.
Rochelle works to improve relationships with stakeholders, from elected officials to neighboring restaurant owners. She understands the value of visual communication, telling a complex story that everyone can understand, while capturing the right “voice” for each client. Her projects are diverse, and range from building wastewater infrastructure to major roadway redevelopment. She thrives on finding creative solutions to any public involvement challenge – online or on-the-ground. Every weekend, she joins fellow Seattleites in pools around the city for some good old-fashioned water polo (one of the oldest sports in the Olympics).
Sean has lived in four different cities on two different continents. He considers Seattle his favorite because it is the first American city he’s lived in where the trees actually change color in the fall.
Sean is a University of Washington graduate who double majored in Political Science and Community, Environment, and Planning with a strong interest in sustainable transportation. His experiences have given him a strong sense of equity and community building, from organizing events with the UW Chinese Student Association to fostering civic engagement among students through voter registration drives. Having spent his life traversing between East and West, Sean is experienced in navigating multicultural settings and working to understand and incorporate diverse perspectives into decision-making processes. In his free time, Sean enjoys exploring Seattle by public transit or on his trusty green electric bike.
Sidney spent her 21st birthday trekking through the Khumbu region of Nepal on her way to Mount Everest Base Camp.
Sidney is happiest when working at the crossroads of environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in environmental science and terrestrial resource management, and brings her love of people, process and the environment to her projects at EnviroIssues. Sidney has spent her career working in public affairs and communications at Seattle Public Utilities, the University of Washington and in outreach consulting roles. She enjoys working on projects that make people’s lives better and strives to facilitate top-notch communications pathways that improve decision-making and policy outcomes. When she’s off the clock, you can find her cycling, eating food from her favorite restaurants in Wallingford and going on adventures with her partner, Mik, and her dog, Korra (the Avatar).
Ellen bakes her own bread almost every week with a sourdough starter she’s been maintaining for more than three years.
An experienced HR professional, Ellen is passionate about creating equitable and inclusive workplaces where all employees can thrive and do their best work. Prior to working in HR, she worked for NGOs promoting human and environmental rights in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A Michigander, Ellen graduated from Kalamazoo College and is an enthusiastic Detroit sports fan. When she’s not in the office, Ellen can be found on the ultimate frisbee field, running through Seattle’s parks or exploring the North Cascades.
Shoshana’s (not so) secret dream is to win The Voice…even though the only place she sings is in the shower.
Shoshana comes to EnivroIssues with over a decade of experience in education and public policy and a strong passion for impactful storytelling and inclusive public engagement. Prior to joining EI, Shoshana directed public policy and communications at a nonprofit working with young people experiencing homelessness, advocating at all levels of government for affordable housing and services. A Seattle native, Shoshana spent the first part of her career working in educational settings across the world before returning home for a Master of Social Work at the University of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, reading, mastering two-letter Scrabble words, and chasing sunsets to take a million pictures of the same shot.
John enjoys spending time with his family and hanging out in the Methow Valley.
John has developed, implemented and delivered a broad range of projects out of our Seattle office since joining EnviroIssues in 2008. John helps clients successfully manage contentious projects through his ability to predict issues before they arise, connect with stakeholders and provide transparent, useful information that is easy to understand. With a background in environmental policy, John has extensive experience with interdisciplinary teams that can be used on any project, large or small, public or private. When he's not responding to clients and stakeholders, John is likely on the basketball court or hanging out in the Methow Valley.
In his free time, John likes to hike and eat tacos with his wife and their dog. He can also be found refilling the hummingbird feeder and multiple, different-sized bird baths, or maintaining his worm bin.
John has a degree in the arts and a background as a professional photographer. He loves tech and problem-solving, so when he wanted a change, he completed further education in web development. As part of EI’s Dev team, he works to translate designs into successful sites.
Obsessed with her Vitamix, Erin will tell you it makes the best smoothies, it warms the soup as it makes it, and it literally cleans itself.Erin U’ilani Tam
Erin U’ilani Tam
Obsessed with her Vitamix, Erin will tell you it makes the best smoothies, it warms the soup as it makes it, and it literally cleans itself.
From planning small neighborhood parks to developing design guidelines for interstate corridors, Erin is experienced in public involvement and communications for all types of projects. An excellent communicator with a keen understanding of public perspective and the issues facing communities today, Erin finds creative ways to engage people in the issues that affect them - whether brainstorming the future of transit with local students or working with local television and film makers to bring public meetings right to your living room. Erin is a recent inductee to the cult of stand up paddle boarding. Look for her on a lake near you.
Ellen loves rainy Portland days spent working on a new crochet project. Her favorite project to date was making a life-size Baby Yoda.Ellen Bakira
Ellen loves rainy Portland days spent working on a new crochet project. Her favorite project to date was making a life-size Baby Yoda.
Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Ellen and her family immigrated to the United States in 2003, and Ellen has resided in Portland ever since. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration. Ellen is passionate about working with others and finding ways to foster community engagement. She is highly committed to finding creative and sustainable ways to solve the most pressing issues. In her downtime, Ellen loves trying the latest brunch spots in town. She is on a mission to find the best French toast in Portland.
Marisol has appeared on TV twice! But if you ask her about it, she won’t give any details.
A graduate of the University of Washington's Community, Environment, and Planning program, Marisol has a passion for community development and environmental conservation. She studied sustainable transportation in a study abroad program that took her to the U.K., Denmark and the Netherlands. Since then, she has been hooked on traveling, visiting over 20 countries and hoping to visit 10 more! Marisol has years of experience engaging with communities on a variety of topics, including land use planning and being zero waste. She loves using social marketing to engage communities and is resourceful, with a passion for relationship building. During her free time, you can find Marisol exploring coffee shops, hiking, camping, taking her dog to new places, and of course, traveling!
Colin received a PhD from Laughter Yoga University in 2007!
Growing up alongside the frozen lakes of historic Hoocąk (Ho-Chunk) land in Madison, Wisconsin, Colin learned to appreciate the outdoors and politics at a young age. Splitting most of his adult life between Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and India, his experience within diverse communities taught him the value of story and understanding how power operates. From organizing for better bicycle infrastructure to managing electoral campaign teams, he has seen the results of equity-centered public engagement. Throughout his work, Colin has learned to center untapped voices, whether that be producing documentary films on frontline solutions to climate change or testifying before Congress on anti-poverty policy. He cut his teeth on Capitol Hill learning to lobby from politically progressive nuns, previously led an environmental nonprofit, and currently advises White-led organizations on how to operationalize antiracism. Colin is a Co-Founder of 4 Nations Unite!, a Muslim and Indigenous peoples collaborative working to address the climate crisis through traditional solutions. In his free time, Colin enjoys playing soccer, learning Truths through non-human creation, and consuming copious amounts of frozen custard.
Kerry loves to travel – one of her favorite memories abroad was her trip to Japan and Vietnam where she joined in a celebration of her boyfriend’s great grandmother’s 100th birthday.Kerry Hammond
Kerry loves to travel – one of her favorite memories abroad was her trip to Japan and Vietnam where she joined in a celebration of her boyfriend’s great grandmother’s 100th birthday.
Kerry supports EnviroIssues’ Creative Studio as a graphic designer. She works on a variety of efforts, including large-scale megaprojects as well as internal marketing materials. A graduate of Western Washington University, Kerry brings a background in marketing and design. She leverages her ability to see things from a business perspective to find ways to bridge the gap between agencies and people. Kerry specializes in illustration, motion and information design, and loves to find ways to communicate to all people through her work.
Jeanette once worked as a “roadie” for a social justice organization, which meant traveling through four states while living out of a van with a team of three others.
Jeanette believes public engagement and outreach is exciting and essential, particularly within the quickly growing and changing local communities in Washington. As a social marketing enthusiast, she recognizes the importance of building relationships with the communities she works with in order to foster genuine, collaborative engagement that is welcoming and accessible to all. A former Californian, Jeanette feels fortunate to call Seattle home—especially on days when the mountain is out—but will never turn her back on the LA Dodgers.
Jenny would like to remind you to take a break and do something that feeds your soul.
Jenny is delighted to support a badass team of graphic designers, where together they ideate, create, and refine community-informed visual tools. While her roots are in Sculpture, African American Studies, and Media Studies, she adores designing brand identities and producing video – the more opportunities to get away from from her desk and into the world to interact with people and places, the better. She values authentic connection, self-work, speaking truth to power, relinquishing power, and the active dismantling of white supremacy culture. Jenny is based in Seattle where she enjoys rich relationships with chosen and bio family, and is a proud auntie to multiple fur-babies. Jenny would love to talk with you about all things thrifting, astrology, queerness, relationship anarchy, and healing journeys.
Alexandra estimates she’s spent a cumulative two weeks of her life underwater since becoming scuba certified at age 10.
Alexandra is passionate about the intersection of economic markets and environmental sustainability. She’s a true Seattlite who thrives on finding innovative ways to use community engagement and qualitative feedback to pursue quantifiable, equitable solutions. Alexandra has a diverse consulting background in market research, economic development, growth management planning and stakeholder outreach in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. At EI, she provides support to a variety of projects including transit, infrastructure management and natural resource preservation initiatives. When she’s not in the office, you can find her at one of the city’s live music venues, sipping wine, chasing fresh powder in the mountains or justifying the purchase of yet another pair of shoes.
Elizabeth takes her love of food and grammar too far—she has a bad habit of editing restaurant menus!
Elizabeth has spent the last decade helping clients deliver infrastructure projects—small and very large—throughout the Pacific Northwest. From concept planning to construction cones, Elizabeth has experience leading public outreach and communications programs during all stages of project development. She specializes in strategy development, the creation of clear and concise graphics and messages, and supporting clients with project emergencies. As the president of the local chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar, she loves to geek out about transportation at any time in any place. When she's not busy at work, you can find Elizabeth in her kitchen, on the Zumba dancefloor, or enjoying the world's most beautiful places (preferably by boat!).
Leiona currently has 50+ personally curated playlists on Spotify, including one that has every song she’s listened to on the platform starting using it in 2012 (it’s at 3,000+ songs).
Leiona moved from Bruce Springsteen’s hometown to Seattle, never having owned rainboots before and hating the smell of coffee. Having graduated from American University in DC with an international relations degree focusing on global health, Leiona is passionate about how environmental justice benefits from centering community engagement. This passion has bought her a range of experiences: from children’s non-profits in Nairobi, Kenya to grassroots organizing on the Jersey Shore. A project that is closest to Leiona’s heart is her involvement in her Bangladeshi community, from planning large-scale celebratory festivals to hosting cross-cultural talks. Leiona sees how utilizing communication and community involvement benefits the support for public projects through all these activities. After clocking out, you can find Leiona trying her best to find a bagel comparable to the ones back home or helping her mom choreograph new dance routines for the family’s dance school.
Tara has her pilot’s license, which is how she discovered her poor depth perception.
Tara has over ten years of experience providing community engagement and digital media support in the public sector. Tara believes in balancing the reach of digital media with the power of personal connections to engage communities and is particularly interested in how online persona can shape public sentiment. She continued her education in her late-30’s, and now holds a M.A. in Strategic Communication from WSU and a Digital Marketing Certificate. Tara’s favorite thing to do is take long hikes that end in a summit with her two border collies. She wishes someone would finally invent the teleporter to transport them back down.
Aaron is allergic to the cold, and he’s willing to stick his arm in a bucket of ice water to prove it to you!
Aaron graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology but has always been drawn to working with that most complex of animals: human beings. He has spent his career conducting outreach and educational efforts to the public on behalf of both local and international conservation non-profits. The desire to work in his community brought him to EnviroIssues, where he combines his natural resources background and outreach expertise to support communications efforts aimed at involving community members in dialogues about local environmental, transit, land use, and infrastructure initiatives.
David is a solid waste nerd. If you let him, he will talk with you for hours about composting, recycling, and waste prevention. Please reach out to him if you ever want to talk trash!
David immigrated to Washington State from South Korea in the 1st grade and has lived here ever since. His passion for the environment and community led him to get a BAS in Sustainable Practices and a MAED in Urban Environmental Education. David is highly experienced in training and leading multicultural outreach teams to engage BIPOC community members and meet them where they are. He has also provided in-person and virtual training to local government partners and stakeholders on properly conducting culturally relevant community engagement. David is also a part-time professor of sustainability. Whenever he is away from his desk, David loves riding his bike on the Burke-Gilman trail and playing board games with his family.
When he’s not working, Jaxon enjoys spending time outdoors – skiing at Steven’s Pass, paddleboarding on Lake Union, and hiking through Washington’s Cascade mountains.
Jaxon is passionate about how people traverse urban environments and believes human-centered design informed by diverse points of view creates more equitable spaces for all. Jaxon comes to EnviroIssues with experience in problem-solving, community engagement, and project management. He worked as a contractor with Amazon’s Real Estate and Facilities division, building relationships between the organization and its vendor partners, and at the University of Idaho Education Abroad office, organizing events and promoting accessible options for studying abroad to a wide range of students.
Despite being allergic to grass, Nasra worked in a grasslands ecology lab for a year.
Studying the intersection of environmental science and anthropology, Nasra is passionate about understanding how humans interact with the world around them. Nasra graduated from Carleton College in 2020 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Having spent most of her life in Minnesota, she loves being on farms and one day hopes to have a vegetable garden. Nasra’s research experience spans a variety of subjects, including prairie restoration ecology and health access in Tanzania. In her free time, Nasra enjoys hiking, watching movies, and spending time with her two younger brothers.
Daniel can be spotted heading to yoga on Foxy, their silver Vespa, multiple days a week.
Daniel is experienced in engaging and empowering communities to improve environmental decision-making. Combining a technical background in environmental science with policy, planning, and communication experience, Daniel effectively engages a variety of audiences by making technical project aspects understandable and clear. Their experience ranges from engaging with community members one-on-one, to planning and documenting public meetings, synthesizing and analyzing community input, providing outreach in a variety of media, and assisting in decision making processes.
Kaiwen loves finding treasure, whether it’s foraging for wild mushrooms, digging up potatoes or even just opening up a package in the mail.
Kaiwen is passionate about environmental justice and is committed to conducting equitable community outreach. Having worked in field ecology, habitat restoration, urban agriculture and outdoor recreation, they bring a knack for synthesizing complex ideas and fostering collaborative learning environments. In addition to holding degrees in urban environmental education and global environmental studies, Kaiwen’s background includes designing and managing environmental leadership programs for youth of color for nonprofits and the City of Seattle. Nearly every weekend, you can find Kaiwen outside hiking, rock climbing or mountaineering — or helping others do so as one of the founding members of Outdoor Asian.
Ryan is an ordained Minister of Love, having performed marriage rites on a Portland eco-roof and a Waikiki beach.
Ryan is a skilled facilitator and public participation practitioner working on a range of projects addressing water, cleanup, natural resources, energy, and transportation. He has worked in communities across the Northwest and served in our Portland office before returning home to Puget Sound. Ryan brings over 10 years of experience helping clients communicate more effectively, engage stakeholders in critical dialogue, and reach agreement. He’s enthusiastic about tackling complex community issues, working with diverse perspectives and exploring creative and collaborative solutions. In his spare time, Ryan is formulating his next homebrew recipe.
You can find Cecelia researching historic buildings for fun, reading books about public works in the early 1900s, and almost coming in first at MOHAI’s monthly pub trivia.
Cecelia has four years of experience in public outreach, community development and event planning in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She also has several years of experience working in the environmental and land use department at a Seattle law firm, providing her with an understanding of local environmental issues. With a master’s in urban planning, Cecelia’s combination of education and experience makes her well-versed in local transportation, land use, and other public policy issues.
Between sky diving, spelunking and scuba diving, there are few adventures that Iris will turn down
With a background in journalism and natural resource management, Iris has a broad range of experience in both personal and non-personal communications. Prior to joining EnviroIssues, Iris briefly wrote for a science magazine in Sydney, Australia, and for American Archaeology magazine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She then spent four years with the Bureau of Land Management in southwest Utah expanding their community outreach and education program through environmental education field trips, social media forums, and wayside exhibits. She is especially apt at generating information and ideas that connect with the target audience, bridging gaps between sectors and developing and fostering community partnerships. Growing up as a dual citizen in Paris, France, Iris has an innate appreciation for cultural diversity. Iris also has experience in graphic design, video editing and photography.
While living in Galway, Ireland, Alex became a proficient Irish Set dancer (a type of traditional folk dancing) at her favorite pub.
Alex is from the South Puget Sound and proud of it! She studied sustainable urban development and restoration ecology at the University of Washington Tacoma, and works to help communities recognize and appreciate their integral place within the natural world. With experience ranging from community engagement and project management to legislative outreach and habitat restoration, Alex seeks to ensure people have both the space to be heard as well as agency over the communities in which they live. She holds that the best approach to any situation is to meet people where they are with humility and an open heart. While outside the office, you will likely find Alex working on DIY projects around the house, restoring her vintage camper, or filling orders for her sticker shop!
Nicole believes hugs are good for our health. That’s why she has two fur babies, Ozzy and Zeb: she’s guaranteed free hugs daily. Though Zeb is a chihuahua to his core, and regularly rejects her advances.
With roots in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole (she/her) has a homegrown sense of stewardship and a deep respect for her community. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in communications and comes to Enviroissues with years of experience supporting nonprofit communications and equitable engagement on public infrastructure projects. A futuristic thinker, Nicole loves to ask questions and imagine possibilities when solving problems. She is at her best when she’s collaborating with diverse voices on meaningful projects that center inclusion, equity, and accessibility. When not working, you’ll find Nicole hanging out with her four siblings, binge-watching a T.V. show, or snuggling with her dogs.
Even though Nyles has spent his whole life in the Pacific Northwest, he still finds it necessary to use an umbrella.Nyles Green
Even though Nyles has spent his whole life in the Pacific Northwest, he still finds it necessary to use an umbrella.
For Nyles, the key to effective communication lies in breaking down complex subjects into smaller, more digestible pieces of a puzzle. A graduate of the University of Washington’s Community, Environment and Planning program, he thrives in unpacking the intersections of built and natural environments. Prior to joining EnviroIssues, Nyles interned with the Seattle Department of Transportation, where he built a foundation of community outreach skills and techniques in communities around the city. He uses this local knowledge of transportation modes, key stakeholders and community assets to support a variety of public projects. In his downtime, Nyles unwinds by learning to draw, playing the trombone and listening to podcasts.
On a hot summer’s day, Jon’s favorite flavor of ice cream is ube.
Jon has a passion for community engagement and sustainability, with the ultimate belief that the two are deeply interconnected. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science and environmental studies, and a minor in resource management. Originally from the Midwest, Jon has yet to encounter the infamous “Seattle Freeze” and has cherished his stay in the Emerald City. In his free time, you may find Jon on a walk with his dog, gardening, or hanging out with friends.
Chris has an extensive knowledge of all the secret public stairways in West Seattle.
Chris first joined EnviroIssues as an intern shortly after graduating from Seattle University with a degree in environmental studies: urban sustainability. In addition to his early work supporting transportation projects, Chris has since gained experience developing strategic plans with nonprofits, their stakeholders and the general public. Originally from California, he has also spent time in Michigan, working with Challenge Detroit and PM Environmental to consult on small business marketing plans, parent engagement in Detroit Public Schools and green space implementation on formerly blighted properties. Chris approaches his work at EnviroIssues with passions for equitable and sustainable development in urban areas as well as for engaging diverse populations on projects that affect their communities.
Highly energetic as a child, Rachel once won a mall cartwheel-a-thon by doing 356 cartwheels in 10 minutes.
Rachel has a passion for creative business models and building organizations where everyone can thrive. Her career has been dedicated to supporting innovative projects and the people who drive them in the government, for profit and nonprofit sectors. She earned her MBA at Presidio Graduate School, where she focused on the quadruple bottom line: people, planet, profit and purpose, and firmly believes that with a good team anything is possible. In her free time, Rachel enjoys cooking, biking, word games and tending to her P-Patch garden. She also loves to laugh and credits her Irish heritage and ancestors for her ability to find humor, humanity and joy—even in difficult situations.
Uroosa’s happy place is an isolated, sandy beach under a full moon, but she sleeps best to obnoxious road noise.
Uroosa moved to the United States from Pakistan in 2015, settling in Seattle a year later. While she first lived in New York while completing her master’s degree in environmental policy, she moved to the Pacific Northwest after falling in love with the soul-piercing green forests and cold, dewy mornings. Uroosa has research and professional experience in stakeholder engagement, and has always been interested in questions of power, race and access. She enjoys robust discussions on the experience of being human, and continues to grow as an analyst as she takes on difficult questions with an open heart and dozens of her own. During her down time, she loves to escape into nature loaded with sci-fi novels, a bag of oranges and a hammock.
Wayne loves coffee. And Star Wars, sports and the outdoors. But coffee comes first—and being from Costa Rica, he’s used to some of the best in the world.
Wayne feels that the first step in generating positive impact is to listen. Holding a degree in journalism from the University of Costa Rica, he spent a few years in the newsroom before entering the field of strategic communications. For the past 20 years, Wayne has worked with organizations and multinational companies throughout Central and South America. His background includes supporting Latino nonprofits and small businesses in Kansas City, as well as heading the communications department at an international, nonprofit university in Costa Rica with a focus on agricultural sciences and sustainability. This, and other past experiences, prepared him for work in community involvement and public policy, crafting messages to reach a variety of audiences. Having relocated to Seattle, you can catch Wayne exploring neighborhoods and parks alongside his rescued pup, Lupe, always searching for the best coffee in town.
Years ago, Isaiah began a quest to find the best sandwich in Seattle. He’s still searching…Isaiah Honick
Years ago, Isaiah began a quest to find the best sandwich in Seattle. He’s still searching…
Isaiah is excited about opportunities to empower communities and individuals through public engagement and involvement. In 2019, Isaiah graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington, where he specialized in environmental policy and economics. Prior to graduate school, Isaiah taught middle school in Seattle and worked as a wilderness and climbing guide, leading adventures across the Pacific Northwest. Before he returned his native West Coast in 2013, Isaiah also worked in professional baseball for five years. Outside of the office, you might find him mountain biking up and down Tiger Mountain, attempting to climb the peaks of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and desperately trying not to pull a hamstring on the basketball court.
Sarah’s dream job (other than EnviroIssues) is to be a NASA botanist, growing plants in space in order to produce oxygen.
Sarah discovered public involvement through her degree in urban planning and a lifelong love of working with people. With years of experience working with local government offices in her home state of Pennsylvania, she comes to EnviroIssues with strong customer service and public engagement skills – especially when it comes to public sector projects. Sarah has a passion for all things sustainability and is a graduate of Portland’s Master Recycling Program. In fact, when she isn’t organizing community events, you can often find her informing the public (and her coworkers) on proper recycling practices. Sarah also enjoys gardening and travel, but perhaps her coolest hobby is long exposure star photography.
Byamba loves the classroom and hopes to become a lifelong learner both in and out of it. Next step: taking a beginner’s French class!Byamba Enkhee
Byamba loves the classroom and hopes to become a lifelong learner both in and out of it. Next step: taking a beginner’s French class!
Byamba spent most of her childhood summers travelling the vast Mongolian countryside with her family – staying in yurts, helping herd sheep, fermenting airag, tagging along on hunting trips and being immersed in the nomadic traditions of Mongolia. This gave her an appreciation for the natural world, which she combined with her interest in language to pursue degrees in environmental studies and English literature at the University of Washington. She’s helped organize and interpret official visits from Mongolian provinces to the U.S. with trips to local dairies, farms, local governments, hospitals and classrooms. She has experience and interests in regenerative agriculture, carbon offsets purchasing and community outreach. Byamba is excited about using her unique combination of skills to help EnviroIssues communicate about a diverse range of projects.
Since moving to Seattle in 2015, Jessa has discovered a love of hiking and gardening and is proud to describe herself as “almost outdoors-y.”Jessa Gardner
Since moving to Seattle in 2015, Jessa has discovered a love of hiking and gardening and is proud to describe herself as “almost outdoors-y.”
An extrovert and artist at heart, Jessa loves to find the balance between creative and practical in the workplace. Her goal with every project she undertakes is to find meaningful solutions that create positive outcomes for participants and their communities. Jessa has over eight years of experience in event planning, public outreach, and managing government and community partnerships. Before she started her project management career, Jessa worked as a professional acrobat. She likes to think that the flexibility she learned as a working artist helps her deal with stressful situations in an office job.
Bryan has read his favorite book, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis, 16 times since he discovered it in high school.
Bryan moved from the Old Pine State (North Carolina) to Seattle and then half of his biological family followed him to the Pacific Northwest. He holds degrees in Communication Studies from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. For the past 5 years, he’s worked in multiple different industries from retail coffee to non-profits. His past work focused on urban youth, community outreach, project management, and supporting volunteers who work with low-income children, youth, and families. He’s passionate about creating a space for other queer folx to thrive in the world and informing and engaging people with public projects. At EnviroIssues, he uses his experience with community outreach/engagement to ensure that every voice is heard and that each project remains human-centered. When he’s not working, you can find Bryan reading the latest sci-fi/fantasy novel, hiking in the beautiful PNW, hanging out with family and friends, or playing with his new Goldendoodle puppy, Pax.
Despite growing up in bike-friendly Seattle, Jordan has yet to learn how to ride a bike.
Jordan recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in sociology and a minor in gender, women’s and sexuality studies. During that time, she worked two jobs that relied heavily on communication with the public, which helped shift her interest from natural sciences to social sciences and public outreach. At EnviroIssues, Jordan supports public outreach for large-scale projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct Program. In her free time, Jordan is a moderator for the YouTube channel Dead Meat, where she found a love for the horror film genre. She is also an avid podcast listener, theater lover, Game of Thrones nerd and Corgi mom.
Lauren spends her winter weekends on skis at Crystal Mountain and she has fallen down steep slopes in Utah, Italy, and France.
Lauren has a passion for communications that build trust and move projects forward. She provides clear and compelling information that connects with the right audience, whether it’s a personal visit to a local business or a website viewed by thousands of people. Lauren is skilled at building relationships with stakeholders, anticipating and problem-solving community issues, and providing outreach techniques and strategies for everything from roadway construction to rain garden design. On the weekends, she continues her search for Seattle’s best breakfast.
David's favorite bumper sticker (because it applies to him and inflates his ego) reads, "I speak Basque. What's your superpower?"
David came to EnviroIssues in 2018 with a background that includes a Spanish degree from Whitman College, culinary school, farming, cooking, professional tree-climbing, four years of teaching in Spain and a little professional bus driving. He’s thrilled to be a member of the business development and marketing team, helping to share EI’s story with the world and find opportunities for our staff to effect change through mindful community engagement. He is passionate about housing and the intersection of land use and transportation policy and works to build connections with local community-based organizations. On the weekend you can find David woodworking, riding his bike or crafting leather artwork.
Roger is no athlete, but he did haul in a pass some years ago from NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton.Roger Thompson
Roger is no athlete, but he did haul in a pass some years ago from NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton.
With three decades of experience in journalism, public relations and public affairs, Roger brings solid communications savvy and writing skill to bear for EnviroIssues clients. Above all, he helps advance their goals through smart, strategically honed messaging. Roger started his career as a newspaper scribe before changing horses to pitch news for state lawmakers. From the statehouse he moved into the consulting world, managing the development and execution of strategic communication programs for a wide range of public- and private-sector organizations here in the Pacific Northwest. These days, Roger spends most of his time thinking, talking and writing about the reconstruction of the world’s longest floating bridge.
Alayna firmly believes Ultimate Frisbee is better in costume.
Alayna has experience in outreach and education and an interdisciplinary background that bridges chemistry, social sciences, and sustainability. At EnviroIssues, she provides project support on a broad range of topics including environmental cleanup, community construction, and energy infrastructure. Alayna likes active outdoor activities—bike commuting, hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and playing Ultimate Frisbee are some of her favorites. She enjoys documenting her travels abroad through a collection of foreign beer labels.
Kyle once spent six months in Southeast and East Asia with only a backpack and seven pairs of essential clothes.
A public engagement and communications professional with a background rooted in journalism, Kyle is passionate about fostering an informed public. He is adept at creating community-facing materials and communications strategies and strives to put clear and compelling information into the public’s hands. Kyle loves working directly with communities and believes thorough and equitable engagement throughout the public process builds trust and mutual understanding. When away from his desk, he loves to spend time in the mountains, on the soccer field and in mosh pits at Seattle’s many music venues.
Kaila enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with family and friends at Alki, and watching football.Kaila Yoshitomi
Kaila enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with family and friends at Alki, and watching football.
Kaila joined the EnviroIssues team in 2007 as an administrative team member working on a variety of projects in office management and human resources. She is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in american ethnic studies and a minor in diversity.
A left-handed designer, Anh sometimes feels weird that she has one hand that knows how to do everything while the other can’t even hold a pencil.Anh Mai
A left-handed designer, Anh sometimes feels weird that she has one hand that knows how to do everything while the other can’t even hold a pencil.
Anh is passionate designer who is able to quickly develop graphics to solve project challenges. She earned degrees in business management and communication from the Art Institute of Seattle and has a range of experience in user experience and interface design, web design, iconography and advertising. Anh’s work has taught her that design is not just what something looks and feels like – it is how it works and how helpful is it to the community. In addition to designing, Anh has her own clothing brand in Vietnam and finds joy in cooking up her signature Asian dishes!
Jodi and her husband spent their honeymoon bike-touring through Europe for two months. Shockingly, they are still happily married a decade later.Jodi Jacobson-Swartfager
Jodi and her husband spent their honeymoon bike-touring through Europe for two months. Shockingly, they are still happily married a decade later.
Growing up, Jodi did not have access to many transportation options in her hometown of Spokane, Washington. When she moved to Portland, Oregon in 2000, her eyes were opened to the freedom and accessibility that a multimodal city can offer. She took this newfound appreciation for transportation and turned it into a career path, studying community development and urban planning to gain an understanding of the many ways in which transportation can impact land use, economic prosperity, public health and the quality of our natural environment. Prior to joining EnviroIssues, she worked in the nonprofit, private and public sectors on a wide variety of projects related to transportation, sustainability and economic development. While her professional journey has taken many turns, the goal has always been the same: to empower people with the information and resources they need to make healthy and sustainable decisions that will improve their communities and quality of life.
Kerri loves to travel, whether it’s a road trip to Idaho for work, a trip to Costa Rica to do research on a coffee farm, or a trip to Germany to see the World Cup.
Graduating from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs, Kerri is a passionate public engagement and outreach professional with 14 years of customer service and community engagement expertise. Kerri enjoys engaging communities and individuals in the decision-making process to help clients make informed, community-driven decisions. Kerri is adept at coordinating logistics for small group meetings or large scale events that draw more than 300 people. Her attention-to-detail and behind the scenes coordination and preparation translates into a smooth-flowing and efficient day-of event. When Kerri is not at work you can find her making chili in her crockpot and watching college football or being entertained at a play, musical or the symphony.
Annie has dyed her hair every color of the rainbow. The two styles she liked best were purple with rainbow highlights and neon yellow with a turquoise near her ears.
Annie (she/her) has a healthy obsession with centering learning and compassion with other humans while on the journey to create more communities of care in today’s world. She values trust and relationships above all else and works very hard to make sure that people she works with and the communities she works in are cared for in ways that support both the individual and the collective. Annie joined EnviroIssues in 2017 after graduating from University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Community, Environment, and Planning, with a minor in Diversity. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and believes that it doesn’t get much better than eating peanut butter in the mountains. She cannot wait to get Kelso, her pandemic puppy, outside and exploring.