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- Alicia Archambault, Development Associate
- Keiko Budech, Communications Associate
- Trisha Comsti, Sightline Daily Editor
- Eric de Place, Policy Director
- Alan Durning, Executive Director
- Kristin Eberhard, Senior Researcher
- Anna Fahey, Senior Communications Strategist
- Kristin Gilkerson, Office Administrator
- Migee Han, Senior Director of Development
- Serena Larkin, Senior Communications Associate
- Pam MacRae, Finance Manager
- Margaret Morales, Research Associate
- Tarika Powell, Research Associate
- Meaghan Robbins, Senior Development Associate
- Clark Williams-Derry, Deputy Director
Alicia Archambault, development associate, manages Sightline's database and annual giving program. Alicia received degrees in English and Music from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and is now happy to call the Seattle home. Alicia brings experience in development with non-profit arts organizations. She is excited to direct her efforts toward policy change for a more vibrant Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys singing, practicing yoga, and taking advantage of the spectacular hiking that the PNW has to offer. Alicia would be happy to talk to you about opportunities to support Sightline. Give her a call, or email her at alicia [at] sightline [dot] org.
Keiko Budech, communications associate, promotes Sightline's work to the diverse audiences of Northwest media and decisionmakers. She assists in managing social media, advancing outreach, optimizing articles, and tracking key metrics. Keiko escaped the rain and graduated with honors in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College, only to find herself back in the Northwest. She brings with her a passion for environmental justice and experience in community outreach, project management, and research. Keiko is eager to create engaging and accessible ways to share Sightline’s research to the public. You can find Keiko hiking, biking, and eating fancy oatmeal. Email her at keiko [at] sightline [dot] org.
Trisha Comsti, Sightline Daily editor, curates the day's most important sustainability news for a broad audience of decision makers, advocates, and the public. Trisha became a Seattleite in 2015 after several years of communications and policy work in Washington, DC, for international and health-focused nonprofits, including PATH and the World Food Program USA. She graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in biology and foreign affairs, and she also has a master's degree in public health from Tulane University. If you're looking for Trisha, she's probably at Pike Place Market buying an entire fish or scrambling up one of the Pacific Northwest's many peaks. Email her at trisha [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @hummingbird_dc.
Eric de Place, policy director, is a researcher, writer, speaker, and policy analyst. He spearheads Sightline Institute’s work on energy policy. He is known as a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, and 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 two 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. He also contributes research on demographics, transportation, land use, economic security, and other topics. 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 tasty microbrew. 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 blog articles here, email him at eric [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @Eric_deP. .
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 housing, parking, Making Sustainability Legal, car-less living, bike friendliness, electric bikes, and climate fairness. Durning has written or contributed to nine Sightline books, including Unlocking Home: Three Keys to Affordable Communities, Cascadia Scorecard 2007, Tax Shift, Stuff: 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.
Kristin Eberhard, senior researcher, is a proud policy wonk. She researches, writes about, and speaks about climate change and energy policy. 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 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 blog posts here, email her at kristin [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @KristinEberhard.
Anna Fahey, senior communications strategist, 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 blog articles here, email her at anna [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @afahey.
Kristin Gilkerson, office administrator, helps keep everything running smoothly at the Sightline office. Hailing from a small village in Ohio, she made her way to the Pacific Northwest six years ago. You can usually find her foraging for wild edibles in the hills of Washington or exploring backcountry trails. With a degree in political science and several years working to promote sustainable agriculture, she looks forward to building community around good food and supporting Sightline’s mission. Email her at kristing [at] sightline [dot] org.
Migee Han, senior director of development, works on building meaningful relationships with Sightline supporters and the community. She brings with her a passion for sustainability and experience in communications, project management, community relations and development. She spent ten years in the corporate sector before she found her true calling, in 2004, in the nonprofit community where she’s been working in development ever since. A graduate of the University of Washington, she also holds a masters degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University, and though she is not officially a native, after more than twenty years of living here, calls the Northwest home. When she’s not at work you might find her pointing a camera in your direction, reading for book club, or dreaming up her next adventure. Do you want to know more about how you can support Sightline Institute, make a gift or have questions about planned giving? She’d love to meet you! Give her a call, or email her at migee [at] sightline [dot] org.
Serena Larkin, senior communications associate, maintains and grows the organization’s media relations and online presence. Hailing from Chicago, she has a background in public interest program development and fundraising, and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College with a degree in Humanities. The Midwest native frequently still finds herself in happy awe of the Northwest’s dramatic mountain vistas. Want to talk with one of our researchers for a story? Re-post a blog article to your own site? Give her a call, or email her at serena [at] sightline [dot] org.
Pam MacRae, finance manager, makes sure that the accuracy and usefulness of Sightline’s financial reports matches that of its research products. She also brings her freakish penchant for details to proofreading and occasional research assistance. 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.
Margaret Morales, 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 hanging with her daughter and searching for the best chocolate chip cookie recipes on the planet. Email her at margaret [at] sightline [dot] org.
Tarika Powell, research associate, is a researcher and policy analyst. She supports Sightline’s work on energy policy. Tarika is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where she received an ABA Fellowship in Environmental Law and interned at Southern Environmental Law Center. She obtained a M. Ed. and undergraduate degrees in English and African-American Studies from Oberlin College. In her free time, Tarika enjoys visiting the many parks in Seattle. She loves that there are endless opportunities to engage in outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest. Email her at tarika [at] sightline [dot] org.
Meaghan Robbins, senior development associate, is Sightline’s grant writer and foundations contact. Meaghan relocated to Seattle in 2009, after living in Thailand and supporting local staff working with refugees on the Thai-Burma border. Prior to that, she managed a refugee resettlement program in North Carolina. Meaghan also has a degree in English literature and over twelve years of experience in the non-profit sector, including 2 years in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer. A native New Englander, 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 connecting with friends and exploring any one of the many parks and green spaces around the city. Email: meaghan [at] sightline [dot] org.
Clark Williams-Derry, deputy director, is slightly embarrassed to admit how much of the last two decades he’s spent playing with spreadsheets. But he’s managed to turn his obsession with data collection and analysis into a wide-ranging research and writing portfolio, spanning topics as varied as sustainable transportation, mapping and analyzing sprawl, testing human breast milk for toxics, climate and energy policy, and measuring sustainability. Clark directs Sightline’s research and communications programs. He is an in-demand speaker, writer, consultant, and media spokesperson on sustainability topics. 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 blog articles here, email him at clark [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @ClarkWDerry.
Nick Abraham, Sightline fellow, was born in the Midwest but is an adopted son of the PNW. He has a disconcerting love for digging through public records, financial data and energy stats and pulling out relatable stories. Nick graduated from Western Washington University with a dual degree in Economics and Environmental Studies and will always have a Bellingham sized hole in his heart for the northern Washington town. He is now the editor and lead contributor of Oil Check Northwest, a watchdog group focused on oil and coal’s influence in the region. If he isn’t in the back of a Seattle or PDX coffee shop digging through oily donation records, you'll find him in search of his lifelong mission, finding the world’s best gumbo.
Deric Gruen, Sightline fellow, is a sustainability utility hitter with a focus on research, communications, and project leadership tackling issues of equity, environment and the economy. He was the first Sustainability Director for Bellevue College where he led initiatives in resource conservation and transportation, curriculum and community leadership. He is a member of the transatlantic Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy Network and founded Critical Mass Beirut while on an international travel fellowship. Deric received his M.P.A from the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and B.A. from CU Boulder. He is an aging legend of the Greenlake basketball court in Seattle where you still might catch him on a sunny day.
Alyse Nelson, Sightline writing fellow, spends her days as an urban planner for a small city in Kitsap County and, since 2007, has spent much of her spare time writing and researching for Sightline. She has degrees from Portland State University and the University of Washington, where she was a Valle Scholar and traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to research bicycle planning at the Center for Public Space Research. A life-long Washingtonian, Alyse resides on Bainbridge Island with her husband and son.
Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., is board chair of the Progress Alliance of Washington, a state-level donor alliance that seeks to improve strategic coordination and planning, build infrastructure, and foster the development of effective, data-driven policies in Washington State. She is a psychologist, author, and public speaker on the topics of religious fundamentalism, women’s rights, and contraceptive technologies. Her articles on these topics can be found at online news and opinion sites including Salon.com, The Huffington Post, AlterNet, Truthout, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies or at her archive, www.AwayPoint.Wordpress.com. Tarico is the author of two books, Trusting Doubt: A former evangelical Looks at old Beliefs in a New Light, and Deas and Other Imaginings: 10 Spiritual Folktales for Children. She is the founder of WisdomCommons.org, an interactive website that aims to “elevate and celebrate humanity’s shared moral core” through quotes, stories, poems and proverbs from many cultures and traditions.
Ted Wolf, Sightline fellow, is a writer and advocate with interests in sustainability, natural history, and earthquake safety. He is the co-author of Salmon Nation (Ecotrust, 1999), author of Klamath Heartlands (Ecotrust, 2003), and a contributing author of Worldchanging: A User’s Guide (Abrams, 2006 and 2011). A crusader for earthquake-safe schools in the Pacific Northwest, he helped to write the landmark Oregon Resilience Plan created by the state’s earthquake commission, and currently serves as an appointed member of Oregon’s School Capital Improvement Planning Task Force. From 1995 through 2001 he was the communications director for Ecotrust; long before that he was Alan Durning’s first boss at Worldwatch Institute. He has a B.A. in biology from Williams College, a Master’s degree in forest ecosystem management from the University of Washington, and lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.