I am the Environmental Program Manager for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's Natural Resources Department. The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe occupies the land on the eastern shore of Port Gamble Bay in Hood Canal, within the Puget Sound watershed. Tribal members actively practice their right to fish and harvest shellfish within their usual and accustomed areas. As the Environmental Program Manager, I work to protect natural and cultural resources for future generations. I manage the Environmental Program, which includes work to protect and restore forest, shoreline and marine areas from the impacts of pollution, habitat degradation, access restrictions, climate change effects and other impacts.
Other issues that I'm passionate about include organic farming and gardening, local food and the food justice movement, climate change awareness, alternative energy and technologies, as well as environmental and social justice.
I have a Masters of Public Administration degree, with a focus on Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs. I have a Bachelors degrees in Psychology from Purdue University and Music (violin performance) from the California State University, Northridge. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and since 2000 have lived in the greater Seattle, Washington area, which I now am happy to consider home.