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Staff

  • Michael Andersen, Senior Housing Researcher and Transportation Lead
    https://www.sightline.org/author/michael-andersen/
    Senior Housing Researcher and Transportation Lead
  • Kate Anderson, Senior Researcher, Farms and Forests
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kate-anderson/
    Senior Researcher, Farms and Forests
  • Dan Bertolet, Director of Housing and Urbanism
    https://www.sightline.org/author/danbertolet/
    Director of Housing and Urbanism
  • Webster Chang, Digital Strategy Manager
    https://www.sightline.org/author/webster-chang/
    Digital Strategy Manager
  • Alan Durning, Executive Director
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alan-durning/
    Executive Director
  • Anna Fahey, Senior Director, Communications and Campaigns
    https://www.sightline.org/author/anna-fahey/
    Senior Director, Communications and Campaigns
  • Catie Gould, Researcher
    https://www.sightline.org/author/catie-gould/
    Researcher
  • Zane Gustafson, Senior Research Associate
    https://www.sightline.org/author/zanegustafson/
    Senior Research Associate
  • Serena Larkin, Editorial Director
    https://www.sightline.org/author/serenalarkin/
    Editorial Director
  • Jeannette Lee, Senior Researcher and Alaska Lead
    https://www.sightline.org/author/jeannette-lee/
    Senior Researcher and Alaska Lead
  • Jay Lee, Research Associate, Democracy
    https://www.sightline.org/author/jay-lee/
    Research Associate, Democracy
  • Kate Macfarlane, Housing and Urbanism Researcher
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kate-macfarlane/
    Housing and Urbanism Researcher
  • Emily Moore, Senior Researcher, Fossil Fuel Transition
    https://www.sightline.org/author/emily-moore/
    Senior Researcher, Fossil Fuel Transition
  • Leah Quinn, Senior Associate of Operations
    https://www.sightline.org/author/leah-quinn/
    Senior Associate of Operations
  • Meaghan Robbins, Managing Director of Development and Operations
    https://www.sightline.org/author/meaghanr/
    Managing Director of Development and Operations
  • Steph Routh, Strategic Communications Manager
    https://www.sightline.org/author/steph-routh/
    Strategic Communications Manager
  • Terry Satran, Senior Associate of Development and Operations
    https://www.sightline.org/author/terrysatran/
    Senior Associate of Development and Operations
  • Alexa Woodard, Development Manager
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alexa-woodard/
    Development Manager

Fellows

Contributors

Staff

  • Michael Andersen, senior housing researcher and transportation lead, has been writing about ways better municipal policy can help break poverty cycles, with a focus on housing and transportation, since 2007. His work before joining Sightline in 2018 included reporting and editing for print and web in Longview and Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR. He and his wife and kid live in Portland and park their car in the street. Find his latest research here, email him at michael [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @andersem.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/michael-andersen/
  • Kathryn (Kate) Anderson, senior researcher, Farms & Forests program, leads Sightline’s work on rural lands. Kate has a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Ph.D. in Environment & Resources, and a Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics. She also has hands-on experience working in lumber mills and on farms. Kate is an expert on institutional tools that jointly promote vibrant rural communities and environmental sustainability. Before joining Sightline, Kate was a researcher and instructor of agroecology, environmental sociology, and natural resource governance at UC-Berkeley and UW-Madison. She has researched climate, biodiversity, water, and land use for the NSF Long-Term Ecological Research program, the United Nations Development Program, and the Brazilian Government. Her most recent work focused on supply management and associational democracy in the farm sector, including policy reform in the organic dairy sector and bringing fair pricing to the food system. Find her latest research here. Email her at kate [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter: @CollaborKate.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kate-anderson/
  • Dan Bertolet, director of housing and urbanism, is passionate about creating cities that welcome people of all incomes and tread lightly on the planet. Prior to joining Sightline, he spent eleven years in urban planning focused on sustainable community development. 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 taking a decade to figure out 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 trying to keep up with his two teenage kids, 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/danbertolet/
  • Webster Chang (he/him), digital strategy manager, leads Sightline's web, social media, and newsletter outreach and audience engagement strategies. Prior to joining Sightline, Webster worked in magazines, book publishing, and sustainable fishing (among other experiences). He has called home many places in and around the Seattle and Vancouver, BC metro areas, and is a graduate of Western Washington University. He is an eager mountain trekker, has too many unread books on his shelf, and cannot tune a guitar properly. Webster chases a toddler around the living room in his free time. You can email Webster at webster [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/webster-chang/
  • 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alan-durning/
  • Anna Fahey, senior director, communications and campaigns, oversees Sightline’s communications and outreach team, coordinates Sightline’s cross-cutting campaign-like efforts, leads its messaging strategy program, and serves on the organization’s management team. For her talking points memos (Flashcards), workshops, and blog posts---often taking on tricky topics, like climate, taxes, and government---Anna synthesizes best practices from anywhere she can find them: linguistics, political science, and psychology, and often original Sightline focus groups and opinion research. She regularly teams up with a brain trust of regional partners to develop winning solutions narratives. Anna has a BA from Smith College and an MA from the University of Washington. Find her latest research here, email her at anna [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her on Twitter at @afahey.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/anna-fahey/
  • Catie Gould, researcher, writes about climate and transportation policy. She brings a decade of experience in engineering and data analysis into Sightline’s efforts to decarbonize our transportation system. Prior to coming to Sightline, she led advocacy work for better bike and bus infrastructure in Portland and wrote about local transportation issues. Originally from rural Maine, Catie loves exploring new cities on bikes, camping, and reading. Find her latest research here. Email her at catie [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow her at @Citizen_Cate.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/catie-gould/
  • Zane Gustafson, senior research associate, researches and writes about fossil fuels and democracy. He believes a healthy physical world and robust, democratic political system make for a vibrant society. He was born and raised in Pierce County, Washington, and is a graduate of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Outside of Sightline, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, watching movies, and reading speculative fiction. Find Zane’s latest research here, and email him at zane [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/zanegustafson/
  • Serena Larkin, editorial director with the communications team, translates Sightline’s wonkery into wins. She drives a comprehensive content strategy for Sightline’s publications, working with researchers and the communications team to convert complex policy research into compelling collateral for strategic advocacy opportunities across Cascadia and beyond. Serena rejoins Sightline after several years away, time that included two month-long solo bike tours in the Northwest, organic farming stints in Missoula, Montana, and an apprenticeship with a rural Oregon bike hostel. Email her at serena [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/serenalarkin/
  • Jeannette Lee, senior researcher and Alaska lead, focuses on democracy and housing issues from Sightline’s office in Anchorage, Alaska. Her work before coming to Sightline included serving as a consultant at the Adaptation Fund and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a federal natural gas researcher, and a journalist for The Associated Press in Alaska and Hawai`i Atlantic Media Company in Washington, DC, and the former Alaska Dispatch News (previously and currently the Anchorage Daily News). Born and raised in Hawai`i, she moved to Alaska in 2005 and loves cross-country skiing, packrafting, fat biking, and camping. Jeannette earned her B.A. in history from Yale University and her M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she focused on energy and climate issues in the Arctic. Find her latest research here, follow her on Twitter, @JLee907, or email her at Jeannette [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/jeannette-lee/
  • Jay Lee, research associate, works in Sightline’s Democracy program. He has a quantitative background in statistics and elections research, and prior to joining Sightline worked with Reed College’s Early Voting Information Center. Professionally, Jay is interested in voting system reforms, the over 90,000 local governments in the United States, reproducibility in scientific computing and data science, and causal inference techniques for isolating effects in observational studies. A Texan abroad in Portland, he enjoys riding his bike around town, alternating trips to the Oregon Coast and the Cascades, sci-fi and fantasy novels, and tabletop role-playing games. Find his latest research here. Email him at jay [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @jaylee_tx.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/jay-lee/
  • Kate Macfarlane, housing and urbanism researcher, supports Sightline’s work on housing and urbanism. Before Sightline, she worked at MapCraft.io (where she analyzed the potential impacts of legalizing duplexes in California), ECONorthwest, and U.S. Department of Transportation. Kate grew up in Seattle and holds a degree in environmental policy from Middlebury College. When she’s not steeped in zoning data, Kate enjoys weird craft projects and exploring the city and mountains with her dog. Email her at katem [at] sightline [dot] org or follow her on Twitter at @_KateMacfarlane.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kate-macfarlane/
  • Emily Moore, senior researcher, leads Sightline's work transitioning Cascadia away from fossil fuels. Emily joins Sightline with a decade of experience in social sector strategy and program implementation. Most recently, she worked at Dalberg Advisors, where she advised clients including the MacArthur Foundation, the UN Population Fund, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative, among others. Emily holds her Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she researched topics including environmental justice and pay equity policy, and earned her Bachelor's from Brown University. Outside of Sightline, you can find Emily trying to convince everyone she knows to play pickleball. Email her at emily [at] sightline [dot] org, find her latest research here, or follow her on Twitter at @_enmoore_
    https://www.sightline.org/author/emily-moore/
  • Leah Quinn (she/her), senior associate of operations dedicates her efforts to making sure the Sightline crew has all they need to do their most excellent work. She holds a Bachelor’s in Biology, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Student Affairs. Prior to joining the team, she worked all over the country for 15 years in higher education. Done moving back and forth between the East and West Coast, Leah has settled in Lynnwood, WA with her husband, son, dogs, and cat. She enjoys walking the dogs, playing in the dirt, cheering on the OL Reign, and reading good books. You can email Leah at Leah [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/leah-quinn/
  • Meaghan Robbins (she/her), managing director of development and operations, leads Sightline’s fundraising efforts and serves on Sightline’s management team. Since 2009, she has worked to build relationships and engage Sightline donors in the mission to advance long-term sustainability solutions. Meaghan has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including managing a refugee resettlement program in North Carolina, advising students at an outdoor leadership school, and working with youth as a Peace Corps volunteer. After growing up in rural New England, her heart now belongs to the mountains and coast (and everything in between) of the Pacific Northwest. Do you want to know more about how you can support Sightline Institute, make a gift, or learn about planned giving? Give Meaghan a call, or email her at meaghan [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/meaghanr/
  • Steph Routh, strategic communications manager, leads Sightline’s earned media strategy and partners with staff and stakeholders to amplify Sightline’s policy research. Before joining Sightline, she managed communications with Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life, Community Cycling Center, and NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. Steph served as the first Executive Director for Oregon Walks. She teaches community organizing and social change at PSU's Urban Studies and Planning School and co-directs the Portland Underground Grad School. Steph is married to her bicycle, the aunt of two humans, and celebrates NK Jemisin's and Ursula K. Le Guin's entire ouvre. For press inquiries and opportunities to collaborate (or other ideas), email her at Steph [at] sightline [dot] org and follow her on Twitter at @stephrouth.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/steph-routh/
  • Terry Satran, senior associate of development and operations, supports the efficient fundraising and work functions of the Seattle office. He grew up in northern Wisconsin before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies. Terry served as an Americorps VISTA for two terms, at Child & Service in Lihue, Hawaii, and Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank in Seattle before joining Sightline. In his free time, he moonlights as dog walker, pretends to be a professional chef for his seven roommates, and rides public transit across the Puget Sound. Email him at terry (at) sightline (dot) org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/terrysatran/
  • Alexa Woodard, development manager, serves as ambassador to Sightline’s annual fund and Evergreen Circle (recurring) donors. She is an experienced and passionate fundraiser and event planner with a deep love of databases and spreadsheets. Alexa received her BA in viola performance and BS in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A Minnesota native, Alexa is acclimating to the vastly different Cascadian topography, and learning to love winters without several feet of snow. In her free time, she continues to teach and play viola. She also enjoys hiking, baking, reading, yoga, and spending quality time with her dog, Willow. She is thrilled to be part of the stellar Sightline team and can’t wait to connect with you! Email her at alexa [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alexa-woodard/

Fellows

  • Kristin Eberhard is the author of Becoming a Democracy: How We Can Fix the Electoral College, Gerrymandering, and Our Elections. She researches, writes about, and speaks about climate change policy and democracy reform. 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 sons. For a list of her work with Sightline, click here and follow her on Twitter: @KristinEberhard.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kristineberhard/
  • Laura Feinstein focuses on energy policy, particularly natural gas infrastructure and energy decarbonization. She recently researched and wrote about innovative approaches to limiting natural gas pipeline expansion. A budding journalist in her youth, Feinstein is excited to dust off the cobwebs and write again on meaningful topics. Before joining Sightline, Feinstein worked as an engineer for Puget Sound Energy, modernizing the regional energy grid. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in electrical engineering and a master’s from the University of Washington in mathematics. A Seattlite for over 20 years, she enjoys many of the outdoor pursuits that the region has to offer: hiking, bicycling, skiing and drought-tolerant gardening. Email Laura.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/laurafeinstein/
  • Daniel Malarkey, senior fellow, lives in Boise, Idaho, where he thinks and writes about building public support for sustainable transportation and energy policy. He is excited about the opportunities for self-driving electric cars and how they could transform cities for the better with the right policies. He’s had leadership positions at Amazon.com and with several clean energy startups, including as CEO of his own biodiesel company. In the four years after the Great Recession, he worked as deputy of Washington's state commerce department where he oversaw the energy office and scores of other programs to improve communities and human welfare. He is a proud graduate of Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, the University of Oregon, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Email him at daniel [at] sightline [dot] org, and follow him on Twitter at @djmalark
    https://www.sightline.org/author/danielmalarkey/
  • 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/valeriet/

Contributors

  • John Abbotts, research contributor, has an undergraduate degree in chemistry; and a graduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington. If “a little knowledge is dangerous,” then John is very dangerous in multiple areas. He served in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Submarine Force, in EPA’s Office of Pesticides, and as UW Research Scientist evaluating public policy issues related to the Hanford cleanup. He has served as Sightline research consultant and contributor for many years. He tells us his beard contains more “salt” (and less "pepper") every day.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/john-abbotts/
  • Nisha Balaram, freelance editor, is a documentary filmmaker and journalist based in Oakland, California. A recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, she has worked for over seven years in the public policy sector. Balaram’s recent work as a director has taken her to Panamá to film ranchers’ actions to combat deforestation. As a cinematographer, she has focused on environmental equity issues, including conservation efforts on California’s rangelands and urban gardening initiatives in the South Bay.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/nisha-balaram/
  • Frances Bula has been covering urban issues and city politics in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 2004, with a focus on housing and homelessness. She won the Atkinson Public Policy Fellowship in Canada in 1999, allowing her to research those topics around the world for a year. She currently writes for the Globe and Mail, BCBusiness, and Vancouver magazine.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/francesbula/
  • Christina Claassen, Sightline Daily editor, is a Bellingham-based communications professional with more than 15 years of editing, writing, and public relations experience. She brings her expertise, editorial savvy, and journalism background to Sightline's curated news round-up, sorting and sharing the latest news on sustainability and social issues.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/christina-claassen/
  • Barbara Clabots is a freelancer who curates the news stories that land in Sightline Daily and writes some of Sightline's other regular email newsletters. Barbara is a social scientist focused on improving conservation through empowering women. She serves the community as a water quality advocate and board member of Seattle Surfrider.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/barbaraclabots/
  • Trisha Comsti, Sightline Daily editor, curates the day's most important sustainability news for a broad audience of decision makers, activists, and the public. Based in Tacoma, she moved to the Puget Sound after several years of advocacy and communications work in Washington, DC, for international development and health-focused nonprofits.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/trishacomsti/
  • Daniel Oleksiuk is a lawyer, writer, and organizer who has been writing and speaking about urban issues since 2016. He was on the City of Vancouver's Renter's Advisory Committee for four years and co-founded Abundant Housing Vancouver in 2016. Before that, he worked as a policy analyst for British Columbia's Ministry of Housing and Social Development, and for the United Nations Development Programme's China office. You can find him on twitter at @dannyoleksiuk.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/dannyoleksiuk/
  • Devin Porter, Good Measures, is a classically trained artist and graphic designer who moved into data visualization after discovering an affinity for statistics in grad school. Prior to this he spent the better part of two decades in the nonprofit arts, focusing on exhibition design and installation. Originally from Philadelphia, he is currently based in Milwaukee.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/devin-porter/