Founder and Principle, Appropriate Technology Group
Brian has founded or served on the boards of groups including the American Solar Energy Society, Sustainable West Seattle, the Green Party of Washington State, the Green Party of Seattle, Washington Alpine Club, Seattle Astronomical Society, The Backbone Campaign, The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Seattle Independent Media Center, Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, and the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Brian holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Certificat d’Études Politiques from the Institute 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 into a model of green building techniques and energy self-sufficiency.
In the Telecommunications sector Malcolm took on technical and leadership roles, harmonizing teams, mentoring and innovating. In the last decade relationships and social networks emerge as Malcolm’s central life theme leaving technical skills and decades of experience with systems analysis and design as supporting background. He served on the board for the Center for Ethical Leadership for several years.
Among Malcolm's earliest memories there are thrilling moments of stepping into an alive wild place seemingly untouched by humans over the ages. Later some of the same excitement comes from the beauty found in the practices of some native cultures. As the years go by, comes the horrifying realization that all the life of those places and peoples is disappearing and will be gone without global preservation or adoption of sustainable lifestyles. His current passion is, as human connectivity and scale increase, for exploring and actualizing the incredible capacity that exists between people and between organizations, in service of the common good and sustainability.
Ken believes that sustainability – broadly realized – is necessary for a healthy, just, and vibrant civil society. He has a Ph.D. in the Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment, and an M.A. in Political Economy (both from the University of Maryland), as well as a B.A. in Ecological Agriculture from The Evergreen State College. Ken lives with his wife Leyla and their dog Molly in a LEED-certified home in Ballard.
At Moss Adams, Christian currently serves on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Sustainability Task Force, developing authoritative guidance on environmental accounts, such as greenhouse gas emission information. Christian received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and accounting from Western Washington University.
Richard’s passion for sustainability was first kindled when he worked as a climbing, whitewater, and wilderness guide for Outward Bound and related programs in North America’s most treasured wilderness areas; his commitment to sustainable development intensified when he became a parent. Richard has a B.S. in Business Administration, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
She served as Vice-President, Strategic Communications at Washington Mutual Bank where she developed internal communications strategies and programs for change management initiatives. She also served as Director of Community Relations for Amara, a non-profit organizations which serves children in foster care.
She has held various marketing leadership positions in the computer industry, including directing marketing for western Europe with Aldus Europe Ltd. in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the Washington State Department of Trade and Economic Development, Humphrey developed the state’s first strategic program to increase software exports to Europe and Asia.
Humphrey served as Adjunct Faculty for Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA in Sustainable Business. Her focus on sustainability began when, as an avid scuba diver, she saw the growing impact of unsustainable fishing practices on coral reefs in various seas throughout the world. In addition to volunteer diving and docent work with the Seattle Aquarium, she has provided board and pro bono marketing service to several organizations including CARE, Pioneer Human Services, and Washington CASH. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University.
Cara passionate for sustainability comes from the worthy challenge of finding creative opportunities within the intersection of science, policy and modern culture. She loves all things about ecology, with a particular interest in invasive species, testing ecological theory through field research and citizen science. In the past, she has coordinated programs for organizations including Seattle Tilth, the cities of Issaquah and Redmond, University of Washington Education Outreach, WSU Extension, Snohomish County Surface Water Management, Marysville School District and the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force.
Nathan has a deep commitment to social justice, health equity and education for all. He started reevaluating his actions and their repercussions near his 18th birthday and decided to become a vegetarian. Thinking about how we affect our surroundings by our actions both personal and societal started his passion for sustainability. Vegetarianism broadened his perspective. He believes that no real change can happen if someone is over dependent on others and is not fulfilling their own promise. Change happens when someone learns how to fend for themselves using their own natural talents, education and access to services that empower and free them.
In 2011 she founded Shine On Seattle, organizing a family bike ride that raised funds for Seattle’s first Community Solar Project; it’s still earning energy credits for schools today. 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, and supply chain logistics software consulting. She and her family enjoy hiking, biking, and skiing in their free time.
She works on reducing toxic pollution and protecting shoreline health in Puget Sound and also focuses on a range of Seattle issues – waterfront, habitat, stormwater, and landuse. She has been a leader of Zero Waste Seattle which has run campaigns on food serviceware styrofoam ban, plastic bags and reducing unwanted phonebooks, full recycling at businesses, among other waste reduction efforts. She enjoys camping and travelling but is a pathetic bike rider.
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.
Scott has been an advocate for sustainability since being involved in the first Jerry Brown administration in Californai soon after graduating from college.
Ms. Williams first became interested in sustainability in college while pursuing a B.A. in International Political Economics, which focused on sensible economic growth developed in a way that protected natural and human resources. In her free time, Ms. Williams likes to hike, travel, and hang out with friends.
Dave Woolley-Wilson, Chair
Formerly, he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 30 years 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. David received his Masters from the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. He also attended the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management as well as HBS’s Social Enterprise Conference on Global Climate Change and the Wharton Business Club’s Green Business Summit. He loves to travel through the Puget Sound with his wife and three-year-old black lab to find fun new places to fetch.