Executive Director: BJ Cummings
BJ has over 25 years of experience leading environmental nonprofit organizations. She served as the region’s Puget Soundkeeper – an advocate for clean water and citizen empowerment under the umbrella of Robert F. Kennedy’s Waterkeeper Alliance – in the 1990s, and was the founding director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, bringing environmental justice and health equity issues impacting south Seattle communities to national attention. Prior to settling in Seattle, she studied international development issues and holds an MA in Environmental Geography from UCLA. BJ is the author of “Dam the Rivers, Damn the People: Development and Resistance in Amazonian Brazil” and producer of Outside Television’s “Ecosanctuary Belize.” She is currently researching and blogging about the environmental and social history of the Duwamish River Watershed.
Program Manager: Nancy Huizar
Nancy is a south Seattle native with leadership experience in environmental justice. Nancy holds a degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. She has experience in research, policy, community organizing, and education and outreach. In her positions with Seattle City Light and AmeriCorps, Nancy has worked to build the bridges between communities and environmental issues. In addition to her work with Sustainable Seattle, she serves as a volunteer with the climate justice organization Got Green and as a member of the Mayor’s Environmental Justice Committee.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
General Manager, Appropriate Technology Group
Wisconsin native Brian Allen discovered sustainability issues early in his life, and has been a systems-design thinker in food, water, energy, shelter, transportation and information technologies ever since. He’s the former General Manager for marine energy company Crowd Energy Ocean Turbines, and runs the Seattle-based Appropriate Technology Group, focused on sustainable technology approaches for economic development and environmental systems. Brian founded Sustainable West Seattle and has served on the boards of the American Solar Energy Society, Sustainable Seattle, the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, and the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association among others. He holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from the University of Wisconsin, and the Institut d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France, and an MA in Economics & Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He lives in West Seattle in a Homestead Community Land Trust home, which he is renovating as an example of permaculture techniques.
Founder and CEO, Scope 5
Yoram is the founder and CEO of Scope 5, a technology company that provides software used by large enterprises and municipalities to track, analyze and communicate their sustainability metrics. Prior to founding Scope 5, Yoram enjoyed a twenty year career in high-tech at Bell Labs and Microsoft. Yoram left Microsoft in 2001 to travel the world with his wife, Maya. He served on Social Venture Partner’s Environmental Grant Committee in 2007. Coupled with the birth of his boys, this led to Yoram’s focus on protecting the environment for future generations, first with the founding of Carbon Salon, then Scope 5. Yoram is an avid photographer and enjoys hiking, camping and sailing with his family.
Emigrating to the United States from Uruguay in the 60’s with thoughts of becoming an astronaut, Malcolm Best was fascinated with the possibilities of “inner-naut” travel. Degrees in Physics from Bowdoin College, Visual Design from M.I.T, Social Work from the U. of Washington, a year in a Fine Arts program, training in psychodrama, Zen practices, martial arts and adaptive leadership are just some of the facets of a life of learning, discipline and transformation. From technology guru in the food and restaurant business to the telecommunications sector, Malcolm has held technical and leadership roles, harmonizing teams, mentoring and innovating. Malcolm now focuses on relationships and social networks, and served on the board for the Center for Ethical Leadership. Among Malcolm’s earliest memories are thrilling moments of stepping into an alive wild place seemingly untouched by humans over the ages. His current passion, as human connectivity and scale increase, is exploring and actualizing the capacity that exists between people and organizations in service of the common good.
Bradley Brickman (Treasurer)
Founder BuildSERV Inc, Social Venture Partners
Brad is returning to work on his core beliefs from a 40 year career in business ventures & startups. He has renewed his commitment to earlier work as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador where devastating deforestation and wealth imbalance were a microcosm of an unabated global trend. Brad’s passion is to foster vibrant, healthful and equitable community enterprise. As a member of Social Venture Partners, Brad worked as the lead partner for Community in Schools – Washington. He is an active contributor to the NW Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship and serves as co-chair of the Environment Collective Action Team. Brad serves as Vice President of BuildSERV and received his B.A. degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio majoring in Economics and Biology.
Richard Gelb (Co-Chair)
Performance Management Lead, King County DNR
Richard Gelb is performance and equity/social justice lead for King County Natural Resources and Parks, where he guides performance reporting, evaluation, and equity policy implementation across a wide array of utility services and natural resource management programs. He is currently pursuing the application of geospatial business intelligence systems for learning about the efficacy and fairness of local sustainability actions. In prior roles, Richard served as an elected board member for King Conservation District, strategic advisor for Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, green building manager for Seattle Parks, training and planning lead for King County Emergency Management, and he worked in magazine production and economic development in Kathmandu, Nepal. Richard’s sense of connectedness was kindled as a climbing and whitewater guide for Outward Bound and related programs across North America.
Action Coordinator, Working Washington
Nathan Jackson graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Secondary English teaching and has worked in AmeriCorps, pre-kindergarten and college level teaching, with a desire to help others reach their full potential. He brings experience in non-profit organizations, social outreach and communication, with a focus on interpersonal relationships and pragmatic problem solving. Nathan has a deep commitment to social justice, health equity and education for all. He believes that no real change can happen if we are over dependent on others and are not fulfilling our own promise: change happens when we learn how to fend for ourselves using our natural talents, education and access to services that empower and free us.
Board Member, African Media Center
Aisha Kaba, originally from Guinea, has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1998, and has been deeply engaged with at least one non-profit project every year since 2005. She teaches First Aid and CPR/AED as a volunteer at the Seattle Red Cross, is a member of Amnesty International, and serves on the board of the African Media Center. Aisha enjoys dancing and practicing yoga, whenever she can.
Managing Director, Willowmoor Investments, LLC; Senior Associate, Point B
Garrett is a Seattle native with leadership experience in management consulting, impact investing, philanthropy, and start-ups. He is an accomplished strategist and senior project leader, specializing in social, environmental, and energy innovations who was recognized by Consulting Magazine as a “Rising Star of the Profession: 35 under 35” for his leadership in the energy industry. He wrote Point B’s first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)-based Sustainability Report in 2012 and oversees the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. In 2015, he launched Point B’s Energy, Resources, and Sustainability practice. Garrett holds a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University and a Certificate of Sustainable Energy Solutions from Pinchot University.
Susan Lubetkin (Vice-Chair)
Social Venture Partners
Susan is an environmental statistician studying Arctic and climate issues. Susan received her PhD (2008) and MS (1997) in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management from the University of Washington. After post-doctoral work in statistics and in oceanography at UW, Susan was part of the first cohort of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship in 2013 through Social Venture Partners and serves on their Environment Collective Action Team. She is active in addressing questions about how people make decisions about science and climate change, and the intersections of environment, equity, and economics. Susan and her husband Jeff commissioned a symphony about climate change, “Terra Nostra,” from Christophe Chagnard in 2013. Susan is an avid amateur musician and has played cello for more than 30 years, including with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO), which premiered Terra Nostra in June 2015.
Founding Principal, CREA Affilitates
Anindita is an architect, planner, urban designer, researcher, activist and educator. For nearly 25, years Anindita has been researching, exploring and advocating for green building practices and sustainable approaches to city planning with a particular focus on equity and economic opportunity. While primarily working at the urban scale on design, policy and regulations, Anindita has also led several small yet green building projects, and has been the lead designer of several large parks, green streets and streetscapes that have transformed historical brownfield sites into green oases. Aninditra has served on the Advisory Boards for the Seattle Design Commission, the Mayor’s Green Building Task Force, and Seattle Public Utilities’ Combined Sewer Overflow retrofit strategy. She currently serves on the Seattle School District’s Race and Equity Committee, where she is reminded of the cultural barriers that prevent Seattle from pursuing a truly sustainable and equitable path. Anindita established CREÄ Affiliates in 2001 as a forum for furthering sustainable design practices. She is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with her fellow Board Members in Sustainable Seattle to carry forward the city’s and region’s legacy in sustainability.
Jameson Morrell (Secretary)
Consulting Technologist, CH2M
Jameson Morrell lives with his family in Seattle and is often seen outdoors coaching soccer, hiking in the mountains, or playing on the water. Jameson consults with clients of CH2M HILL, Distributed Energy Management, and local start-ups and neighborhood businesses through his advisory firm, Averdi Group, LLC. Jameson has nearly 20 years of experience innovating, designing, developing, and broadly deploying transformative programs, and is working to operationalize sustainable strategies with a focus towards greater resource productivity and resiliency. Previously, Jameson worked as a Vice President in financial operations at Bank of America and as an executive with Deutsche Post DHL, where he spearheaded the company’s sustainability, energy performance and information management efforts as Vice President of Knowledge Management. Jameson earned a dual B.S. Philosophy and History after serving with honor in the United States Army, and received a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University
Momoka Nakamura (Co-Chair)
Marketing Specialist, EnergySavvy
Momo holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Public Health from the University of Washington. She currently works in the marketing department for EnergySavvy, a software company that provides cloud solutions for utilities’ energy efficiency programs and customer experience. With backgrounds in various environmental nonprofits and startups, she has a deep passion for finding sustainable solutions to urban growth by using technology and community engagement. Momo is also an Ambassador for Friends of Waterfront Seattle, a nonprofit that collaborates with the City to ensure Waterfront Seattle’s success in transforming the Seattle’s central waterfront, where she works with other ambassadors to execute events and help with community outreach. In her spare time, you can find Momo exploring the outdoors via various activities, attending local live music shows, and practicing her photography skills.
Founder, Shine on Seattle
Elta’s passion for sustainability began as a child accompanying her father, a professor of environmental engineering, taking water samples in the field. Elta is involved in numerous projects to improve our environment from advocating for safer streets for walking and biking through Queen Anne Greenways to founding the sustainability program and achieving Washington Green School certification for her childrens school. She served as the board treasurer for CoolMom, a local nonprofit that unites families to take action against climate change, and founded Shine On Seattle, which organized a community bike ride to raise funds for Seattle’s first Community Solar Project. A graduate of MIT with a degree in chemical engineering and the mother of three boys, Elta’s previous work experience includes process and plant engineering, project management, software consulting, and supply chain consulting. She and her family enjoy hiking, biking, backpacking, and skiing in their free time.
Environment and Public Health Consultant, Community Environmental Health Strategies
Margaret has worked for the past ten years for local governments and non-profits on product stewardship and reducing the use of toxic chemicals, and has founded a consulting business to work on these issues locally and nationally. She brings a science background and community organizing skills to policy initiatives to ensure all consumer products are green and safe for people who make them, use them, and recycle them. She successfully organized a coalition to pass legislation establishing a manufacturer program for recycling fluorescent lights, and has worked extensively on pharmaceutical take-back policies, including as lead policy staffer for the King County Board of Health’s work to pass the Secure Medicine Return law. Margaret holds a PhD in biochemistry from UW and is engaged in community building efforts in Lake City where she and her partner own a small house that provides them with endless home repair activities, a backyard garden, and space for two demanding cats. When not immersed in policy work, she loves to hike, bicycle, beachcomb, and celebrate at music festivals with friends.
Director of Science and Policy, Futurewise
Heather Trim is the Executive Director of Zero Waste Washington, and Science and Policy Director at Futurewise. She works to prevent runoff from entering our waterways, improving shoreline management practices and policies and addressing a range of issues from community sustainability, habitats, and climate change. Heather has more than 20 years of experience in environmental work, including 10 years at People for Puget Sound working to toxic pollution reduction, habitat restoration policies, clean stormwater, and environmental justice issues. Previously, she was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council and worked for the Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits, and pollution assessments of surface and ground water for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Beyond Futurewise, She enjoys camping and travelling but is a pathetic bike rider.
Attorney, Garvey Schubert Barer
Scott is an owner in the Seattle office of Garvey Schubert Barer heading the Intellectual Property/Technology Group and represents software, hardware, telecom, smart-grid and and clean-tech, healthcare, internet, multi-media, content, e-commerce, logistics, manufacturing, transportation and video game companies in matters relating to the development, acquisition, protection and commercialization of technology and intellectual property assets. Scott has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Washington and as one of Washington’s Most Amazing Lawyers by Washington CEO Magazine in 2006.
Social Venture Partners
In addition to serving on the Board of Sustainable Seattle, Dave is very active in Social Venture Partners. At SVP he is an active philanthropist and serves its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Environmental Collective Action Committee, the Diversity, Cultural Competency and Equity Committee, is Lead Partner for ECOSS – an SVP investee, and leads an equity education initiative for the Board. Dave previously lived in Washington, DC where he served as the Executive Director of the Green Building Institute and on the Board of Directors of the DC Jazz Festival Board; and in the San Francisco Bay area, where he was the Chairman and CEO of the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission (EBCRC) – a non-profit focused on converting closed military bases into new sustainable economic uses. Dave received his Masters from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, and Social Enterprise Conference on Global Climate Change. He loves to travel with his wife and black lab to find fun new places to fetch.