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Staff

  • Dan Bertolet, Senior Researcher
    http://www.sightline.org/author/danbertolet/
    Senior Researcher
  • Anne Christnovich, Communications Manager
    http://www.sightline.org/author/annec/
    Communications Manager
  • Eric de Place, Programs Director
    http://www.sightline.org/author/eric-de-place/
    Programs Director
  • Alan Durning, Executive Director
    http://www.sightline.org/author/alan-durning/
    Executive Director
  • Kristin Eberhard, Senior Researcher
    http://www.sightline.org/author/kristineberhard/
    Senior Researcher
  • Anna Fahey, Director of Strategic Communication
    http://www.sightline.org/author/anna-fahey/
    Director of Strategic Communication
  • Aven Frey, Development Associate
    http://www.sightline.org/author/avenfrey/
    Development Associate
  • Nisma Gabobe, Research Associate
    http://www.sightline.org/author/nismagabobe/
    Research Associate
  • Ed Guzman, Senior Communications Manager
    http://www.sightline.org/author/edguzman/
    Senior Communications Manager
  • Kelsey Hamlin, Communications Associate
    http://www.sightline.org/author/kelseyhamlin/
    Communications Associate
  • Maithili Joshi, Research Associate
    http://www.sightline.org/author/maithilijoshi/
    Research Associate
  • Riley Kent, Office Administrator
    http://www.sightline.org/author/rileykent/
    Office Administrator
  • Pam MacRae, Finance Manager
    http://www.sightline.org/author/pam-macrae/
    Finance Manager
  • Kelsey McComas, Development Associate
    http://www.sightline.org/author/kelseymccomas/
    Development Associate
  • Margaret Morales, Senior Research Associate
    http://www.sightline.org/author/margaretmorales/
    Senior Research Associate
  • Tarika Powell, Researcher
    http://www.sightline.org/author/tarikapowell/
    Researcher
  • Meaghan Robbins, Director of Development
    http://www.sightline.org/author/meaghanr/
    Director of Development
  • Clark Williams-Derry, Director of Energy Finance
    http://www.sightline.org/author/clark-williams-derry/
    Director of Energy Finance

Fellows

Staff

  • Dan Bertolet, senior researcher, is passionate about creating cities that will thrive amidst the challenges of the 21st century. He researches, writes about, and speaks about housing and urbanism. Prior to joining Sightline, he spent ten years in urban planning working with both private and public sector clients on projects that promote sustainable community development. Dan has a (healthy) obsession with the complex interplay between housing affordability, land use regulation, and transportation, and he has published extensively on these topics. Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. He is also what’s known as a “recovering engineer,” after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and working in research for ten years before deciding that there are more important things in life than the next electronic widget. As (marginally successful) strategies to avoid thinking incessantly about cities, Dan spends time chasing his two young children, noodling on stringed instruments, fixing beater commuter bikes, treasure hunting in thrift stores, and sneaking off all too infrequently to the hinterlands to play in the woods. Find his latest research here, email him at dan [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @danbertolet.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/danbertolet/
  • Anne Christnovich, communications manager, works with the Northwest’s media and movers and shakers to execute strategies that connect Sightline’s work to diverse audiences. Anne joined Sightline in July 2018 after working for nine years in the daily newspaper industry. Of note was her work as managing editor of the Standard-Examiner in northern Utah. There, she led an award-winning investigative project on jail conditions that resulted in statewide changes to transparency and government accountability laws. She also steered a series on the social, economic and environmental repercussions of a shrinking Great Salt Lake, a project that won regional recognition for innovation and storytelling. In her free time, Anne takes every chance she gets to hit a hiking trail, she runs for fun (no, really) and hangs out with her dog, whose favorite activity is lying down in an inconvenient place midway through a walk. Email her at anne [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @anne_c_1234.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/annec/
  • Eric de Place, programs director, oversees Sightline’s research and communications teams. He is also a researcher, writer, speaker, and policy analyst who spearheads the Institute’s work on energy policy. Known as a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, he is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, local pollution, transportation system impacts, rail policy, and economics. He has researched and published more than three hundred articles, reports, and analyses on these proposals, and his work on fossil fuel transport is cited by regional and national news media outlets hundreds of times each year. His expertise makes him a highly sought-after expert in the field providing him with the opportunity to support allied groups, as well as educate media, elected officials, and the broader public on critical issues affecting our region. Eric is a talented speaker, presenter, and media spokesperson. In his increasingly scarce free time, he enjoys climbing the Northwest’s peaks, tidepooling beaches with his kid, and solving the rest of the world’s problems over a pint of the region’s ale. Before coming to Sightline, he worked with the Northwest Area Foundation, developing strategies to alleviate poverty in rural communities. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Find his latest research here, email him at eric [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @Eric_deP.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/eric-de-place/
  • 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, housing affordability, and democracy reform. He has also written in recent years about parkingMaking Sustainability Legalcar-free 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 research here, and email him at alandurning [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/alan-durning/
  • Kristin Eberhard, senior researcher, is a proud policy wonk. She researches, writes about, and speaks about climate change policy and democracy reform. Before joining Sightline, Kristin worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), leading its California climate work in San Francisco, then moving to its Southern California office to help the largest municipally owned utility in the country get off coal and onto energy efficiency and renewables. She also taught courses on climate change and energy law at Stanford Law School and UCLA School of Law. Kristin graduated with honors from Stanford University, cum laude from Duke University School of Law, and earned a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. She loves biking with her husband and son. She works for Sightline from Portland. Find her latest research here, email her at kristin [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @KristinEberhard.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/kristineberhard/
  • Anna Fahey, director of strategic communication, digests piles of public opinion research, transcripts from speeches, and academic studies—from cognitive linguistics and neuroscience to political science, sociology, and psychology—synthesizing and distilling best practices in messaging for regional leaders. Anna’s talking points memos (Flashcards), messaging workshops, and blog posts tackle tricky topics, like climate change and the role of government. And she regularly teams up with a brain trust of regional partners and allies to work through the messaging challenges of the moment. Anna has a BA from Smith College and an MA in political communication from the University of Washington. Anna’s family goes back 4 generations in the Seattle area. She grew up in Anacortes, WA, beachcombing in the San Juans, listening to lots of Springsteen, and working on her parents’ commercial fishing boats. Find her latest research here, email her at anna [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @afahey.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/anna-fahey/
  • Aven Frey, development associate, manages the grants and foundations side of Sightline’s fundraising efforts. Aven holds an MA in International Environmental Policy and an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College. A two-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, she has served in nonprofit organizations that work in conservation, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and social justice, and is thrilled to be at an organization that tackles all of these issues in a holistic way. Aven’s pastimes include writing, exploring movement through yoga, dance, and acrobatics, and anything that has to do with food. Email her at aven [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/avenfrey/
  • Nisma Gabobe, research associate, writes about issues around housing and urban sustainability. A Puget Sound native, Nisma recently graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government, with minors in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. She is deeply committed to fostering safe, healthy and empowered communities across racial and socioeconomic lines. Nisma has previously served as the Judiciary Intern with the office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and she has interned with the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen, where she assisted with research into corporate influence over politics. Email her at nisma [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/nismagabobe/
  • Ed Guzman, senior communications manager, leads Sightline’s strategy for connecting its work to increasingly diverse audiences, including Northwest media and decision makers. Ed joined Sightline after more than 18 years as a journalist, including 11 combined years at the New York Times and Washington Post. He had most recently worked at the Seattle Times, helping guide award-winning sports coverage and stories that dealt with race and gender. An East Los Angeles native—though he is quick to point out he is a Cascadian by marriage thanks to his Portland native wife, Jen—Ed is the son of Mexican immigrants and a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He enjoys being a father to his two teenage sons, playing the guitar, and listening to lots of jazz (though he’ll mix in some Beatles and Dylan, too). Email him at ed [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @edguzm.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/edguzman/
  • Kelsey Hamlin, communications associate, manages Sightline’s social media presence, creates graphics, and engages with Cascadia’s communities online. Kelsey was previously a journalist, covering protests and numerous issues of social justice, getting to know many of Seattle’s communities, activists, and politically-inclined movers and shakers. For nearly all of her undergraduate experience at the University of Washington, she worked for the college newspaper and freelanced with South Seattle Emerald, International Examiner, Seattle Weekly, and many others. But don’t let her Seattle residency fool you; Kelsey knows how to pitch a tent, ride quads, and make a campfire. She’s also inclined to dancing, drawing, and reading. Email her at kelseyh [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter @ItsKelseyHamlin.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/kelseyhamlin/
  • Maithili Joshi, research associate, writes about issues around democracy reform. Previously, she worked for New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing voting rights for disadvantaged communities, and advocating for various voting reforms in New York and nationally. Maithili graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Environmental Science, Economics, and Politics. In college, she conducted research on several environmental issues such as energy innovations, climate change in the Amazonian Rainforest, and GMO’s and labeling legislation. In her free time, she enjoys reading books by women of color, trying different Trader Joe’s wines, and making her cat dance with her. Email her at maithili [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @maithilijoshi95.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/maithilijoshi/
  • Riley Kent, office administrator, keeps operations running smoothly at the Sightline office. Riley grew up on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, where she spent summers hiking and canoeing, and winters gleefully tromping through the snow. She moved to Seattle to get her bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies and later a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington. In her free time, Riley is doing CrossFit, singing in the Seattle Women’s Chorus, biking around Seattle, or watching something narrated by David Attenborough. Email her at riley (at) sightline (dot) org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/rileykent/
  • Pam MacRae, finance manager, makes sure that the accuracy and usefulness of Sightline’s financial reports matches that of its research products. She is elated to work at an organization where car-lessness, spreadsheets, and a sense of place are openly valued. With a degree in Peace Studies from Colgate University, she has worked at nonprofits advocating disarmament, death penalty abolition, community economic development, and more. She spends the other part of her work week increasing economic opportunity for people with disabilities. In her off time, Pam attempts to play in the mountains at least 59 weeks a year. Email her at pam [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/pam-macrae/
  • Kelsey McComas, development associate, serves as community builder with and ambassador to Sightline’s donors. Born and raised in the great state of Kentucky, Kelsey was first introduced to the Pacific Northwest from the saddle of her bicycle on a cross-country cycling trip. While building quads of steel on the mountain passes of Highway 20, she simultaneously fell in love with the culture, communities, and landscape of Cascadia. She’s excited and humbled to be working with the Sightline community and would love to connect with you! Email her at kelsey [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/kelseymccomas/
  • Margaret Morales, senior research associate, is a researcher and policy analyst. Margaret received her Master’s from The University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability where she was a Bridge Fellow focusing on issues of public health and the environment. There her research examined wastewater and biosolids management in British Columbia and Latin America. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Environmental Science and Policy, and English. She also holds a certificate in Documentary Video from Duke and worked as a documentary filmmaker for non-profits in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Her work has screened in multiple film festivals. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading novels, and working on her photography. Find her latest research here, and email her at margaret [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/margaretmorales/
  • Tarika Powell, researcher, anchors Sightline’s work on fossil fuel infrastructure development. In particular, her detailed research on the safety and climate implications of fracked gas expansion projects provides critical information to activists and policymakers alike. Tarika is a popular speaker and presenter who connects the dots between energy policy and environmental justice. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, she received an American Bar Association fellowship in environmental law and interned at Southern Environmental Law Center. She also holds a Master's of Education and undergraduate degrees in English and African-American Studies from Oberlin College. Find her latest research here, her tweets here, and email her at tarika [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/tarikapowell/
  • Meaghan Robbins, director of development, leads Sightline’s fundraising efforts. Meaghan joined Sightline in 2009 as its grants manager and is thrilled to continue building meaningful relationships with Sightline supporters and the community. Meaghan has a degree in English literature and 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including several years working in refugee resettlement, in outdoor education, and while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. A native New Englander (NE CT---woot!), Meaghan’s heart now belongs to the mountains and coast (and everything in between) of the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, you can find Meaghan adventuring in any one of the many parks and green spaces around Seattle with her husband and toddler son. Do you want to know more about how you can support Sightline Institute, make a gift, or learn about planned giving? Meaghan would love hear from you! Give her a call, or email her at meaghan [at] sightline [dot] org.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/meaghanr/
  • Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance, focuses on US and global and energy markets, particularly issues affecting the Western United States. Williams-Derry’s recent research has covered the financial and fiscal implications of “self-bonding” for coal mine reclamation; the financial viability of West Coast coal export projects; Pacific Rim coal market dynamics; greenhouse gas accounting for coal export projects; issues emerging from coal industry bankruptcies; and the interactions between federal coal leasing policy and coal exports. He is an in-demand speaker, writer, consultant, and media spokesperson on sustainability topics. Williams-Derry spent 15 years directing Sightline’s research team. Before joining Sightline, Williams-Derry was a policy analyst and researcher for National Audubon Society and Environmental Working Group in Washington, DC. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1989 with a joint degree in mathematics and philosophy. A resident of Seattle, Clark spends his spare time with his wife Amy and their two daughters. Read Clark’s full bio, find his latest research here, email him at clark [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @ClarkWDerry.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/clark-williams-derry/

Fellows

  • Michael Andersen, senior fellow, has been writing about ways better municipal policy can help break poverty cycles, with a focus on housing and transportation, for over a decade. His work before joining Sightline in 2018 included reporting and editing for print and web in Longview and Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, where he worked as news editor of BikePortland.org; writer for the pro-housing coalition Portland for Everyone; and infrastructure staff writer for PeopleForBikes, the largest national biking advocacy organization. He has an English degree from Grinnell College and a journalism degree from Northwestern. He told his wife on their first date that he was "not really a bike guy" and he's sticking with his story. They live in Portland with their kid and cat, and park their car in the street. Email him at michael [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @andersem.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/michael-andersen/
  • Daniel Malarkey, senior fellow, has helped implement large-scale projects in infrastructure, technology, and energy in Washington for nearly thirty years. For Sightline, he thinks and writes about the same topics with a view towards sustainability. He gets excited about self-driving electric cars and how they could transform Cascadia’s cities for the better if the region gets the policies right. He’s had leadership positions at Amazon.com and with several local startups, including as CEO of his own biodiesel company. In the four years after the Great Recession, he worked as deputy of the state commerce department where he oversaw the energy office and scores of other programs to improve communities and human welfare. He took his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Oregon and a graduate degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. A Seattle native, Daniel and his wife Julie spend several weeks every summer bobbing about the Salish Sea in their wooden boat with no cell coverage. Email him at daniel [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @djmalark
    http://www.sightline.org/author/danielmalarkey/
  • Alyse Nelson, writing fellow, spends her days as an urban planner for the city of Seattle and, since 2007, spends some of her spare time writing and researching for Sightline. She has degrees in urban planning from Portland State University and the University of Washington, where she was a Valle Scholar and traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to research bicycle planning. A life-long Washingtonian, Alyse resides on Bainbridge Island with her husband, two kids, two goats, three chickens, and one dog.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/alyse-nelson/
  • Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., co-founded the Progress Alliance of Washington, a donor collective that fosters data-driven policies in Washington State; and Resilient Generation, a Seattle advocacy hub focused on improving birth timing and intentional parenthood. As a psychologist and author, she tackles religious fundamentalism, gender roles, reproductive empowerment, and the intersection of all four. Her articles have appeared on various sites, including The Huffington Post, Jezebel, Salon, AlterNet, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and are available at ValerieTarico.com.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/valeriet/
  • David Van't Hof, senior strategist on carbon pricing, is an attorney with his own policy and law practice in Portland, Oregon. He focuses his practice in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, and climate policy, drawing from his experience as Sustainability Policy Advisor to former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and ten years of practice at Stoel Rives and Lane Powell law firms. With the Governor's Office, David led the state’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative, the framework for a regional cap and trade program, and in developing the state’s nationally recognized climate change and renewable energy policies. David has served on numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency nonprofit boards, including Climate Solutions and the Climate Trust, and also works with nonprofits on a contract basis, providing legal and policy expertise. David spent 2014 working in East Africa focused on development of solar micro grid projects. David earned his law degree in 1994 from the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1988.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/davidvanthoff/
  • William Yardley, senior fellow, spent two decades writing about politics, the environment and other issues for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Miami Herald. Before becoming a journalist, he worked in the musical history division of the Smithsonian Institution, where way back in 1993 he led the successful effort to acquire one of Prince’s “Yellow Cloud” guitars for preservation. He barely escaped the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in art history.
    http://www.sightline.org/author/williamyardley/