Dr Diana Gale is senior lecturer emeritus of Public Affairs at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and teaches in the Cascade Executive Programs. Her outstanding career in public policy and administration includes the Leadership Council of Puget Sound, first director of Seattle Public Utilities and City of Seattle’s Office of Management and Budget, Superintendent of the Seattle Water Department delivering water services to 1.2 million people, and initiator of biennial budgeting, strategic capital investment plans, and innovative quality and performance management processes which among other things, led Seattle to a 44% recycling rate. She is extensively involved in community arts and environmental initiatives.
Dr Hal Mooney is a godfather of big-picture ecosystem science and global change, with a profound legacy. Professor emeritus at Stanford University, fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and president of the California Academy of Sciences, Hal has been described by Paul Ehrlich as “without question, the leader in the world in physiological ecology… a wonderful mentor, a great field biologist, a great theoretician, and maybe the greatest biological politician of all time.” Hal has an amazing ability to foresee which big environmental problems are likely to emerge. He has held national and international leadership roles in biodiversity, invasive species, global warming and Mediterranean climates, setting up worldwide networks like the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP). Hal was Secretary General and Vice-President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), coordinated the 1995 Global Biodiversity Assessment, co-chaired the Assessment Panel of the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, established and led the Global Invasive Species Program, and is lead review editor for the ongoing Intergovernmental Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Among other things, Hal has won the 1990 ECI Prize in terrestrial ecology, 1992 Max Planck Research Award in biosciences, 1996 Eminent Ecologist Award from the Ecological Society of America, the 2000 Nevada Medal, the 2002 Blue Planet Prize, 2007 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology, 2008 Tyler Prize, 2008 BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation, and 2010 Volvo Environment Prize.
Conservation and stewardship consultant, Bob Rose, is busy leaving a deep and broad history of land care, land protection and policy in Washington State and beyond. Special assistant to Brian Boyle, Washington’s former Commissioner of Public Lands and recipient of Evergreen Islands’ Yeoman Environmental Stewardship Award for distinguished lifetime achievement, Bob is known for his deep humility. Yet his strategic insights and hard work have changed the outcome of many biodiversity and natural resource projects.
Bob has been president of Evergreen Islands, executive director of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, chair of the Forest Advisory Board, author of plans for the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, and coauthor of Anacortes’ Downtown Revitalization Study which led to a $750,000 revitalization grant. He managed natural resource planning projects involving Tiger Mountain State Forest, the San Juan Islands Trust Land Management Plan and the Washington Marine Plastic Debris Task Force. He also helped draft, motivate and implement the Natural Resources Conservation Areas Act, which permanently protects over 100,000 acres of state lands, including land on Cypress and Lummi islands. Bob holds a masters in urban planning and natural resource management from the University of Washington. He has worked in Washington, British Columbia and Alaska as a carpenter, shipwright, commercial fisherman and farmer, and is involved in intriguing eco-forestry and land restoration projects in Hawaii.