Sightline is governed by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders from around the Northwest. They volunteer their time to make sure Sightline is as successful as possible. They serve renewable three-year terms and hold ultimate legal and fiduciary responsibility for Sightline.

Trustees help ensure Sightline’s institutional strength, serving renewable one-year terms on committees dedicated to Sightline’s finances, fundraising, and governance.

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Susan Balbas

Susan Balbas resides in Seattle and in Nampa, Idaho where she works on her family’s aquaponics farm. She is a native of the western United States, is of Native ancestry—Cherokee and Yaqui Nations, and of Spanish and mixed European heritage. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics and a Master of Science in Teaching, History. She is the co-founder and executive director of Tierra Madre Fund, a Northwest Native women's fund focusing on sustainable community development, food sovereignty, and support of artists and culture keepers. Susan has held various management positions in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, and has served on committees and boards locally and nationally.

Rodney L. Brown, Jr.

Rodney L. Brown, Jr. is a partner with Cascadia Law Group, one of the leading environmental law firms in the Pacific Northwest.  He works on many environmental issues, ranging from pollution control regulations to natural resource management.  He was the principal author of Washington’s Superfund law, and he has served on many governmental commissions, including those that led to the creation of the Growth Management Act and the Regulatory Reform Act.  He most recently served on the Governor’s Climate Action Team and the Washington State Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation.

Mark Cliggett

Mark Cliggett has been a Seattle resident for nearly 30 years, and associated with Sightline since its early days. Mark is a long time Microsoft employee, currently serving as Director of Test in the Windows Embedded Business. Mark was a co-founder of Bright Water School (a K-8 elementary school in Seattle) and Angels with Attitude (a hybrid venture/angel fund focused on sustainability). For fun, Mark does long runs and bike rides.

Serena Cruz Walsh

Serena Cruz Walsh is the executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she oversees fundraising, community partnerships, and supporting the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before joining Virginia Garcia, she co-founded Albina Construction Company LLC to develop, build and renovate affordable housing that incorporated high levels of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable building practices. Before that, Serena served eight years as a Multnomah County Commissioner. She currently serves on the boards of the Latino Network, Transition Projects, and NOW Oregon as well as Sightline. She earned her BA at Lewis & Clark College, her MPP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and her JD at the University of California at Berkeley. Serena was born in Seattle, raised in Eugene and now lives in Northeast Portland with her husband/business partner, Tom, and their adorable daughter.

Alan Durning

Alan Durning, executive director, founded Northwest Environment Watch in 1993, which became Sightline Institute in 2006. Alan’s current topics of focus include carbon pricing and governance reform. He has also written in recent years about housingparkingMaking Sustainability Legalcar-less livingbike friendlinesselectric bikes, and climate fairness. Durning has written or contributed to nine Sightline books, including Unlocking Home: Three Keys to Affordable CommunitiesCascadia Scorecard 2007Tax ShiftStuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things, and the award-winning This Place on Earth: Home and Practice of Permanence. Prior to founding Sightline, Durning was a senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute. There, he studied the human dimensions of sustainability and wrote the award-winning book How Much Is Enough?, as well as chapters in seven State of the World reports and articles in hundreds of other publications. A sought-after speaker, he has lectured at the White House, major universities, and conferences on five continents. In addition to his passion for sustainability, Alan is a music fiend and a lover of outdoor pursuits, especially mountaineering and cycling. Read Alan’s full bio, find his latest blog articles here, and email him at alan [at] sightline [dot] org.

Molly Keating

Molly Keating is the owner of Molly Keating Mediation and Facilitation. For the past twenty years she has helped hundreds of organizations, individuals and teams untangle their knots. Molly has aided the development of the Citizens Initiative Review process in Oregon, serving as a moderator for the citizen panels. She is also a mediation teacher and coach for private clients and businesses and for the State of Oregon’s volunteer small claims court mediators. Prior to doing this work, Molly lived on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, where she worked for the Indian Health Service. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University. Molly and her physician husband have three grown sons and live in Portland, Oregon.

Wayne Lei

Wayne Lei, chair of Sightline's Governance Committee, directs Research and Development at Portland General Electric (PGE) where he helps pursue innovative, sustainable and often unique solutions to issues facing the Company and its customers. Wayne has spent 10 years in nuclear power operations and 14 years in environmental policy development and R&D. Current areas of research include assessing synergies in co-located eco-roofs and photovoltaic panel installations, geologic sequestration of flue gas carbon dioxide and using torrefied biomass to displace coal as fuel. He is also managing the installation of a 5 MW Battery Inverter system onto PGE’s grid for testing a variety of “smart grid” applications. For over ten years, he has chaired the Board of the International Sustainable Development Foundation and its principal program – the China U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. Wayne holds the PhD from New York University in Environmental Health; MS from Oregon State University and BA from Oberlin College. Since 1986, he has been certified by the American Board of Health Physics. Wayne and his wife Mary have two grown children and reside in Portland.

Kristin Martinez

Kristin Martinez is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the past 2 decades working with new ventures as an entrepreneur, investor, director and advisor.  She is the founder of Sound Point Ventures, LLC, a venture development and management company operating in Seattle, Washington and Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1998.  Through Sound Point, Kristin co-founded Angels with Attitude, the first active angel fund focused on sustainability. She was a founding member of Seraph Capital, a Seattle angel network for women, served as an Advisory Board member of the University of Washington chapter of Net Impact, and as a University of Washington MBA Program Mentor.  Kristin is currently a director of Oscilla Power, and an advisor to OneEnergyRenewables, both Seattle startups.

Craig McKibben

Craig McKibben is a retired software executive and engineer. In 1981 he helped start the Seattle software company WRQ and he played a key role in WRQ’s entry into new markets. In 2001 he lead the spin-out of WRQ’s networking division to form NetMotion Wireless Inc. He served on the Washington Trails Association board for 8 years and was board chair for 2 and also worked with the Seattle Y to start the BOLD/GOLD outdoor leadership program. "My two retirement goals are to get more people, especially kids, outdoors; and to do something about climate change. Outdoor activities teach personal responsibility and foster a love of the natural world, which inspires people to be good stewards of the earth. Climate change is the overarching issue of our times." Craig and his wife Sarah have 3 grown children and live in Seattle. A native of the Northwest, he retains a lifelong interest in climbing, skiing, and is a longtime member of the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund.

Gordon Price

Gordon Price of Vancouver, BC, is Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. He served as City Councillor from 1986 to 2002, and sat on the boards of METRO VANCOUVER and TransLink, the regional transportation authority. In 2009, he was appointed by the Mayor of Vancouver as a member of the “Greenest City Action Team.” Gordon lectures and writes widely on urban development, design, and transportation issues in Canada and the US.  His blog is at

Kamala Rao

Kamala Rao, chair of the board of directors, has lived the majority of her life throughout Cascadia. She grew up in Washington and Alaska, did her undergraduate degree in Oregon and her graduate degree in urban planning in British Columbia. Kamala has also served on the board of the People’s Waterfront Coalition and has been active in environmental issues throughout the Cascadia region for many years. Her urban planning career, which has included both private and public sector work, has been focused on working with communities to create a more sustainable transportation system. She and her husband Bryn Davidson, who designs and builds low-energy homes, live in Vancouver, BC.  Kamala currently works for TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority. Her background also includes several years working for a communications firm.

Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is also a writer, video producer and Twitter poet. Trahant was recently a Kaiser Media Fellow and is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mark is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He is the author of The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Henry Jackson, Forrest Gerard and the campaign for American Indian self-determination.

Chris Troth

Christopher Troth chairs Sightline’s Finance and Audit Committee and serves as Sightline's Treasurer. A resident of Seattle since 1993, he is a private investor and occasional restorer of old houses. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.



Shaw Canale

Shaw L. Canale has spent her career in community-grounded and values-centric economic investment. Before retiring in 2014 to Whidbey Island, Washington, she spent four years as CEO of Mountain BizWorks, a small nonprofit in Asheville, North Carolina, that provides training and capital to small businesses located in the state’s rural mountain communities. From 1997 to 2007, she was Executive Director and CEO of Cascadia Revolving Fund, a certified double-bottom-line community development financial institution (CDFI) fueling urban and rural entrepreneurs in Washington and Oregon with capital and support. Beginning in 2006, Shaw initiated and led the two-year-long merger of Cascadia Revolving Fund with ShoreBank Enterprise Pacific. She then served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the merged company, ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia, from 2007 to 2009. And in 2007, she founded The Shaw Company to offer management consulting services to nonprofits and CDFIs. Her early career was in retail banking, primarily in the Seattle area, after having attended the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Brian Detman

Brian Detman serves as a senior policy advisor for Multnomah County's elected executive. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with public agencies, nonprofits, triple-bottom line enterprises and community-based organizations. He has worked as an executive, manager, director and as a volunteer on local, statewide, regional and national issues, programs and initiatives.

Most recently, he served as director of partnerships at Clean Energy Works, an Oregon-based energy efficiency organization. He managed foundation relations and corporate communication, and developed a business support program for its contractors and workers. Prior to his position at Clean Energy Works, he worked for more than 10 years at Metropolitan Group, where he led the agency’s national business development efforts. During his tenure, the agency positioned itself as one of the leading social change communication and resource development agencies in the country.

When not working, Brian is happiest spending time with his son and wife Katherine, whom he met in college. He enjoys playing basketball and working out, riding his bike (his only means of wheeled transportation), eating and being a spectator of most any sport. He serves on the board of directors for  the Portland Farmer’s Market, on Oregon Community Foundation's Metro Leadership Council and on the advisory board of Focus the Nation; he is also trustee for Sightline Institute.

Trish Weber

Trish Weber is a free range climate justice activist who has called Cascadia home for over 20 years. The primary focus of her activism work involves allying with indigenous peoples who are fighting extreme energy projects in their communities, particularly Canadian tar sands mining and infrastructure projects. In 2010, she co-founded All Against the Haul, a coalition of grassroots organizations, communities, individuals, and tribes that successfully prevented ExxonMobil from constructing a permanent industrial transportation corridor for oversized tar sands mining equipment through pristine mountainous areas in ID and MT. She currently serves on the US campaign steering committee for Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), an organization devoted to promoting the voices of indigenous women in global climate justice discussions. Previous experience also includes 5 years with the Women Donors Network, where she lead the Earth Circle and served on the Board of Directors. She is a semi-retired electrical engineer who lives with her husband in Corvallis OR. Yoga, Shakespeare, and walks in the forest help her maintain sanity in this most insane of times.