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Staff

  • Michael Andersen, Senior Researcher
    https://www.sightline.org/author/michael-andersen/
    Senior Researcher
  • Dan Bertolet, Research Director, Housing and Urbanism
    https://www.sightline.org/author/danbertolet/
    Research Director, Housing and Urbanism
  • Eric de Place, Director, Thin Green Line
    https://www.sightline.org/author/eric-de-place/
    Director, Thin Green Line
  • Alan Durning, Executive Director
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alan-durning/
    Executive Director
  • Kristin Eberhard, Director, Climate and Democracy
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kristineberhard/
    Director, Climate and Democracy
  • Anna Fahey, Senior Director, Communications and Campaigns
    https://www.sightline.org/author/anna-fahey/
    Senior Director, Communications and Campaigns
  • Nisma Gabobe, Research Associate
    https://www.sightline.org/author/nismagabobe/
    Research Associate
  • Riley Kent, Operations Administrator
    https://www.sightline.org/author/rileykent/
    Operations Administrator
  • Jeannette Lee, Senior Researcher, Housing and Urbanism and Democracy
    https://www.sightline.org/author/jeannette-lee/
    Senior Researcher, Housing and Urbanism and Democracy
  • Margaret Morales, Researcher
    https://www.sightline.org/author/margaretmorales/
    Researcher
  • Meaghan Robbins, Director of Development
    https://www.sightline.org/author/meaghanr/
    Director of Development
  • Terry Satran, Development and Administrative Associate
    https://www.sightline.org/author/terrysatran/
    Development and Administrative Associate
  • Alexa Woodard, Development Manager
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alexa-woodard/
    Development Manager

Fellows

Contributors

Staff

  • Michael Andersen, senior researcher, 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, 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. 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/
  • Dan Bertolet, research director, 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/
  • Eric de Place, director of Thin Green Line, spearheads Sightline’s work on energy policy. Known as a leading expert on coal, oil, and gas 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 four hundred articles, reports, and analyses on these proposals, and his work on fossil fuel transport has been cited by regional and national news media outlets more than a thousand times. 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. 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.
    https://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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/alan-durning/
  • Kristin Eberhard, director, climate and democracy, is a proud policy wonk and a member of Sightline's management team. She 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. 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/kristineberhard/
  • 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. Her family goes back 4 generations in Washington. She spent her youth beachcombing and working on her parents’ commercial fishing boats. After decades in Seattle, she now works from Sightline’s "Anacortes office." 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/
  • 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. Find her latest research here, and email her at nisma [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/nismagabobe/
  • Riley Kent, operations administrator, keeps things 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/rileykent/
  • Jeannette Lee, senior researcher, 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 and Atlantic Media Company in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Hawai`i, she has lived in Alaska for a total of 10 years and has enthusiastically embraced 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/
  • Margaret Morales, researcher, is a 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, follow her tweets here, and email her at margaret [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/margaretmorales/
  • Meaghan Robbins, director of development, leads Sightline’s fundraising efforts efforts and serves on Sightline’s management team. Meaghan joined Sightline in 2009 and has spent a decade building relationships with Sightline supporters and the community. Meaghan has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including managing a refugee resettlement program in North Carolina, in outdoor education, and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. 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 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? Give Meaghan a call, or email her at meaghan [at] sightline [dot] org.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/meaghanr/
  • Terry Satran, development and administrative associate, 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

  • 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 20+ years, she enjoys many of the outdoor pursuits that the region has to offer: hiking, bicycling, skiing and drought-tolerant gardening.
    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/
  • Michael Mayer practiced environmental law for over a decade, primarily with the public interest law firm Earthjustice. While there, he worked to protect endangered salmon, prevent offshore drilling in Alaska, and preserve Northwest forests. He also spent a number of years with the Washington Environmental Council learning the antiquated ways of western water law. He now teaches climate change law and administrative law at Seattle University School of Law. He enjoys being a stereotypical Seattleite and lives happily in a walkable neighborhood with his wife, daughter, and two unruly cats. If given a conversational opening, he will try to find a way to talk about the paleoclimate.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/michaelmayer/
  • 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/
  • Clark Williams-Derry, senior fellow, 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/clark-williams-derry/

Contributors

  • 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/
  • 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/
  • 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.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/trishacomsti/
  • Zane Gustafson, research contributor, was born and raised in Pierce County, Washington, and recently earned his MA from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, with a focus on climate policy. He investigates the underlying structural issues of Pacific Northwest and American society, specifically democratic institutions and racial inequality (white supremacy). In his free time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, watching movies, and reading science fiction. For Sightline, Zane researchers and writes about democracy and elections, climate, fossil fuels, and plastics policies, and contributes to Sightline's work on the Thin Green Line.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/zanegustafson/
  • Nate Kommers, Sightline Daily editor, has more than a decade of communications and environmental policy experience, working at think tanks, non-profits, and sustainability-minded companies across the Northwest and elsewhere. A Montanan transplanted to Seattle, Nate balances his dedication to leading-edge sustainability with healthy doses of fly fishing, gardening, and backcountry skiing.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/nate-kommers/
  • Hayat Norimine, research contributor, is a freelance writer who grew up in Washington on the border of Idaho. She previously covered city halls and politics for The Dallas Morning News, Seattle Met magazine, and The Daily News in Longview, Washington. She has an MA in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism and a BA in English from the University of Washington. For Sightline, Hayat researches and writes about democracy and elections issues and reports on fossil fuel proposals along the Thin Green Line.
    https://www.sightline.org/author/hayatnorimine/