I’ve been a community leader in District 5 for 17 years. I’m also an environmentalist and author of the book Saving Puget Sound. I played a leading role in daylighting Thornton Creek at Northgate, where the creek was buried under an asphalt parking lot for decades. I’ve advocated for a new Lake City Community Center, sidewalks on Aurora, and other District 5 priorities through the D5 Community Network, which I helped create and lead. It’s the only association of community groups across an entire City Council district in Seattle.
I grew up in Seattle, but after college in St. Louis, I stayed there to work for the Mayor. I became his liaison for homeless services during the first years that homelessness became a nationwide issue. I came back to Seattle in 1990 and began to work on environmental issues, rising to become King County’s coordinator for salmon recovery efforts in the Lake Washington watershed.
I left King County government to write Saving Puget Sound. That book led the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration to name me “Conservationist of the Year” in 2007. I worked as a consultant while I wrote it and I have mostly worked as a consultant since then, specializing in regulations to protect streams and wetlands. My career highlight up to this point has been working with Skagit County on a long-term plan to conserve both the Skagit farm economy and its ecosystem in the face of growth and climate change.
I have two wonderful children, a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, both of whom attend public schools in District 5. I’m a renter and live in the Northgate area, adjacent to Beaver Pond Natural Area, where I’ve volunteered as a forest steward for three years, with my kids helping out.
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