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
Bradley Brickman (Treasurer)
Founder BuildSERV Inc, Social Venture Partners
Brad is an active contributor to the NW Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, the Social Venture Partners – Environment Collective Action Team, and serves on the SVP Board. In 2015 Brad transitioned from a 40-year career in business ventures and startups, most recently with Constellation Software Inc, as VP of BuildServ and led strategic account management in the FAST division. He received his B.A. degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, majoring in Economics and Biology. “I believe vibrant and healthy communities can only be sustained with equitable social systems and investment in enterprises that benefit people from all walks of life I am particularly interested in people and groups have been historically marginalized or disproportionately impacted by pollution.”.
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.
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.
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.
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.