David Batker (Chief Economist and Executive Director) is the co-founder and Executive Director of Earth Economics. He completed his graduate training in economics under Herman Daly, one of the world's foremost ecological economists. Leading the Earth Economics team, David pioneered path-breaking studies showing the value of natural systems for buffering hurricane and flood impacts. These values, adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are used in nearly all post-storm FEMA expenditure decisions. David is working to change national accounting rules to count the natural systems that produce and filter water. He has advised the US government on greening 436,000 federal buildings. He is working with the Earth Economics team developing a practical web-based tool to establish consistent values for nature’s benefits, establishing new funding mechanisms for conservation and has worked on international projects in over 40 countries. David co-authored a book with John de Graaf, entitled What’s the Economy for, Anyway?, which has ranked in the top ten economics and business books by the New York Book Review.
Jonathan Kochmer (Director of Research and Development) holds an M.Sc. and an M.Phil. from Yale University in Evolutionary Ecology with a minor in Biostatistics. His ecological experience also includes published research on effects of phylogenetic constraints on the evolution of flowering time, the effects of climate change on indigenous cultures of the Arctic, work with the USDA on biological control of the Gypsy Moth and the Alfalfa Weevil, and curatorship of Coleoptera at the Yale Peabody Museum. Shortly before completing his Yale Ph.D. on the role of ecologically heterogeneous hybrid zones in speciation processes, he was hired by the National Science Foundation and the University of Washington where he was a statistics and Internet consultant, and wrote an influential Internet manual ("The Internet Passport") and a book on the use of the Internet in K-12 curriculum development. His technical experience was deepened during five years at Amazon.com, where he helped develop the browse system for books, and worked in the teams that developed the company-wide data model and the data warehouse and data mining infrastructures. His current activities at Earth Economics include development of Earth Economics' Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit database for use by ecologists, land-use planners, and policy makers, and the development and incorporation of quantitative measures of the many values of biodiversity into Ecosystem Service Valuation models.
Maya Kocian (Senior Economist and Program Leader) studied economics at Pacific Lutheran University and international economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has over seven years of experience applying ecological economics and manages multiple ecosystem service valuation projects in the U.S. and abroad. Maya works closely with NGOs, local, state and federal government agencies, and businesses in applying ecosystem service valuations to understand the linkages between ecology and economics. She also focuses on cost-benefit analysis, jobs and environmental indicators. She has worked on the Yasuní-ITT initiative in Ecuador, marine ecosystems in Canada and led the economic valuation for Costa Rica’s Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland Reserve. As an avid traveler she enjoys working in places where she can use her advanced open water PADI certification.
Joshua Reyneveld (Managing Director)
is a co-founder and has served Earth Economics for over 14 years in various capacities. He leads day-to-day operation of the organization, guides the business development effort, manages client relationships and directs key projects. Trained as planner, architect and engineer he has focused most of his career on endeavors that are exemplary because they utilize lower ecological footprints and create more self-sufficiency. He has 15 years service as CEO with consulting firms in California and Washington, executed numerous significant planning projects, and directed capital projects up to $200 million in scale.
Tracy Stanton (Policy Director and Program Leader) brings nearly 20 years of work experience in environmental policy, most recently focused funding mechanisms such as market-based approaches and payments for ecosystem and watershed services. Tracy studied under Earth Economics' Advisor Herman Daly and holds a MPP degree in Public and Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland and a BA from The Ohio State University. She relocated to Seattle with her family in July 2009, while working with the D.C. based non-profit Forest Trends and the Ecosystem Marketplace where her research led to the publication Payments for Watershed Services: An Emerging Marketplace. Tracy has deep experience working in collaboration with the public sector on innovative approaches to advance effective conservation strategies, policy and funding options and she leverages this experience to lead one of Earth Economics' key initiatives: the 21st Century Washington Strategy. From the Nisqually Watershed and the Central Puget Sound, to the Peninsula and eastern Washington, Tracy works with Tribes, Washington State Departments of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources, the US Forest Service, USEPA Region 10 and many NGO partners to implement new natural capital funding mechanisms and secure a healthy, prosperous economy for Washington State.
Business and Operations
Tedi Conway Dickinson (Business and Finance Director)
Tedi Dickinson graduated cum laude from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Geography. She later returned to UC, received her Teaching Credential and worked as a classroom teacher in California for eight years. In 1996, Tedi moved to the Puget Sound area to open a regional office for the American Institute of Marine Studies (AIMS), a non-profit marine educational foundation. For nine years, as the Seattle director, Tedi managed the business operations, developed the Institute's education program and supervised fund-raising. Since 2006 she has served as Earth Economics' Business Operations Manager, Finance Officer and HR Administrator.
TaNeashia Sudds (Executive Assistant and Project Facilitator)
TaNeashia Sudds brings 19 years of administrative operations experience to Earth Economics. She enjoys the technical aspects of operations as much as supporting the success of others. She has deep administrative experience in a variety of human and personal service areas such as health and human services, personal and corporate investment, web-based software engineering and public education. Many grassroots projects and processes that she initiated are still in place such as streamlining corporate travel, bridging the educational gap for incarcerated special education students, regularly published organizational newsletters, mentoring children of incarcerated parents, reporting formats for performance evaluations, as well as organizational handbooks. TaNeashia enjoys volunteering in the community on efforts and projects that specifically benefit differently able individuals and families with children. The team at Earth Economics is extremely grateful for TaNeashia
's daily professionalism and cheer while solving complex administrative problems.
Economics and Policy
Rowan Schmidt (Project Leader)
Rowan Schmidt grew up in New Zealand, completing his Bachelor of Science (biology) and Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) at the University of Auckland, with a memorable exchange at Kyoto University in Japan. At Earth Economics, Rowan presently leads the 21st Century Utility program with the goal of expanding water utility funding mechanisms for watershed health. Areas of the program include: providing accurate valuation of drinking water watersheds to inform utility investment decisions; updating national accounting standards to recognize watersheds that provide and filter water; enhancing bond disclosure standards to include watershed and natural capital conditions; and adjusting water utility rate structures to support natural capital investments. Rowan also works with colleagues at Earth Economics to advance the methods and applications of ecosystem service valuation in benefit-cost analysis, regional land use planning and other areas of policy making.
Aaron Schwartz (Research Analyst)
Aaron Schwartz graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics. Prior to joining Earth Economics in September 2012, Aaron was an analyst at Cornerstone Research in New York City and he spent a year as a farmer and educator at an alternative high school in California. With interests in farming, developmental economics, education, and technology, Aaron is excited to work with the Earth Economics team. Aaron is interested in applying quantitative tools to land management decisions and gaining a greater understanding of the complex interplay of science, economics, and policy. He is currently working on projects throughout the US, and developing and deploying automated tests for the Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit.
Angela Fletcher (Research Analyst)
Angela Fletcher graduated from Western Washington University with degrees in Mathematics and Biology with a marine emphasis. Angela grew up in Sequim, WA and has enjoyed Washington's outdoors since childhood through hiking, skiing, and scuba diving. She is excited to contribute at Earth Economics and use her background in applied mathematics and statistics to help with environmental protection and valuation.
Lola Paulina Flores (Research Analyst)
Lola Flores completed her undergraduate in Guadalajara, Mexico, her home city. With a BS in Biology she decided to pursue graduate studies at The Evergreen State College, where she graduated from the Masters in Environmental Studies program. In Mexico she has had both academic and work experience in government offices with management and regulation on environmental issues. At Earth Economics, Lola's passion in studying environmental policy and documenting economic repercussions of ecosystem loss is being put to good use in Washington State and Latin America project work.
Nora Wahlund (Research Analyst and Software Tester)
Nora Wahlund is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Spanish and International Affairs and a minor in Economics. Nora joined Earth Economics as an intern in November 2011 and was hired in June 2012. She is interested in ecological economics and conveniently had some software testing experience from high school. As an outdoor recreation enthusiast she is excited to work to protect our natural resources. Nora helps Zac, Dave, and the Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit team accomplish all that they have to do to keep everything running smoothly.
Zachary Christin (Research Analyst)
Zachary Christin graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Mathematics and Philosophy. Formally an intern, Zac joined Earth Economics in the summer of 2010 as he was completing his degree. Zac’s focus areas are in econometric analysis, social and health valuation, park systems, cultural services and advancing applications of benefit transfer methodology. Previously, Zac led research for and coauthored “Economic Impact of Metro Parks Tacoma Ecosystem Services,” in addition to leading research incorporating environmental benefits for FEMA’s Benefit/Cost Analysis tool resulting in FEMA Policy FP-108-024-01 and leading research efforts on the current Colorado River Basin project. With his team of interns, Zac is leading the data collection phase of the study. He is also leading our ecosystem service valuation analysis, including applying benefit-transfer methodology and serving as a primary author of the report.
James Pittman (Economist)
James Pittman spent several years as a Senior Consultant then Managing Director of Earth Economics responsible for managing strategic priorities, as well as public and private sector consulting projects. His consulting work focused on ecosystem service modeling, sustainability indicator assessment and stakeholder engagement facilitation. He holds a MSc degree with distinc- tion in ecological economics from the University of Edinburgh, completing a dissertation on participatory assessment of water resource management strategies. He has over a decade of sustainability consulting experience with non-profit, education, business, government and public utility clients at local, regional and national scales and currently teaches applied systems thinking and dynamic modeling at the prestigious Bainbridge Graduate Institute in the Sustainable Business MBA program.
Michelle Molnar (Economist)
Michelle Molnar is a marine researcher and policy analyst with the David Suzuki Foundation. Her work focuses on the conservation of natural capital using various tools of ecological economics and policy analysis, such as environmental cost benefit analysis, natural capital valuation, and environmental fiscal reform. Her current projects include a cost benefit analysis of aquaculture technologies and a natural capital policy review for British Columbia. Michelle has an honours undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and a graduate degree in public policy from Simon Fraser University, where she worked with Canada’s topic expert on natural capital policy – Dr. Nancy Olewiler. Prior to joining the David Suzuki Foundation, she worked as an economist for Environment Canada, where she developed a Benefit Analysis Guide for employees to quantify non-market goods and services.
Tania Briceno (Ecological Economist)
Tania Briceno received a PhD from the Université de Montréal. Her recently completed PhD thesis was on the integration of ecological principles in environmental valuations. She did a Masters in Ecological Economics at University of Leeds, focusing on the social dynamics of sustainable consumption systems and a Bachelors in Economics and International Development at McGill University. She has worked in various projects with the Canadian government carrying out environmental valuations applied to agricultural systems, climate change adaptation programs, and land-use planning. She also has experience with the use of life-cycle assessments in the North American and European contexts. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French and has a multicultural background.
Deirdre Gabbay (GIS, Math)
Deirdre Gabbay a Senior Economist for Seattle Public Utilities, Deirdre developed the geo-database used to implement SPU's innovative drainage billing rate structure based on land cover and soil permeability. With the San Diego Association of Governments, she developed an online GIS-based inventory of 8,000 transit stops. While with New York City Transit, she played a key role in the development of the "fleets and facilities" portion of the 5-year and 20-year multi-billion dollar capital improvement plans. She began her career at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C., where she developed software with senior economists to assign economic values to the impact of air pollution on human health. She also worked at an outdoor recycling center, where she managed adults with developmental disabilities and learned to drive a forklift, a bobcat, and a five-ton truck. Deirdre earned her BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and her MA in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and has actively volunteered for many non-profit organizations. Deirdre now works with Earth Economics' EVT and 21st Century Utility teams.
Cameron Otsuka (Research Assistant Intern)
Cameron Otsuka grew up in Southern California and is currently a junior attending the University of Puget Sound, where he is majoring in economics. Upon entering university, his interest in sustainability and environmental issues was piqued through on-campus activities.
Erica Stemple (Research Assistant Intern)
Erica Stemple will graduate from the University of Puget Sound in May with a degree in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. Originally and avid outdoors enthusiast from California and Colorado, she moved to Tacoma to attend university and discover the endless outdoor opportunities in the Olympics and the Cascades. Studying at UPS ignited her passion for economics as well as fostered her love for the outdoors. She is thrilled to be combining the two at Earth Economics.
Hugh Stimson (GIS)
Hugh Stimson is an Earth Economics GIS consultant based in Vancouver, Canada. As GIS Analyst for the recent Earth Economics’ valuation report of the British Columbia Nearshore, Mr. Stimson is extremely well versed in marine and freshwater landcover type conversion issues and has experience navigating the extremely complicated process of collecting and converting landcovers between Canadian and U.S. study sites. Mr. Stimson has previously worked at the University of California at Davis and the Smithsonian Institute, where he used sensors on satellites and planes to investigate the environmental status of landscapes. Mr. Stimson has an MSc. from the Environmental Informatics program at the University of Michigan, where his Masters research was on the self-organization of vegetation in the American drylands. Since 2008 Mr. Stimson has provided GIS capacity to over 20 values-based organizations and companies.
Greg Schundler (GIS and Development Analyst)
Greg Schundler (Research Assistant Intern) graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, where he conducted field research in Kenya and lab research in Neuroeconomics. Greg is currently studying carrying capacity of local economies through a MA Program in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Washington. He brings to fore research and analysis experience from energy infrastructure private equity as well as marketing and development experience from green start-ups. Greg has spent some time living close to the land and commands practical insight into agriculture, aquaculture, and carpentry. He speaks German fluently.
Kyle Schoenfeld (Research Assistant Intern)
Kyle Schoenfeld earned a BA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 and a Master of Public Administration from the University of in 2012. While in graduate school, he worked as a research assistant on projects including a study of the time-use benefits of new water infrastructure in rural Ethiopia and economic modeling of water marketing in the Yakima valley. As a graduate capstone project, he worked on a team of students measuring community awareness of the UW’s Climate Action Plan. In his free time he enjoys reading and writing, and he recently sold his first short story for publication.
Vicky Jiang (Mathematical Hydrology)
Vicky Jiang received her M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in March, 2014. Before that, she received a B.S. in Watershed Science (Hydrology and Water Resources) from Colorado State University. Her research interests are hydrologic modeling, groundwater modeling, watershed modeling, hydropower optimization, stormwater management, Low Impact Development(LID) etc. She is also interested in other quantitative research related to modeling and optimization and software development in water resources research.
Subject Matter Experts
Dave Carlton (Project Lead)
Dave Carlton brings over 30 years of experience in surface water and flood hazard management to Earth Economics. He has been involved in flood hazard and stormwater projects from concept through construction administration. His primary focus has been on the hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of flood events, particularly in streams and rivers, and techniques with which flooding impacts can be minimized. In recent years, his experience has focused on comprehensive flood hazard and basin planning, Risk MAP with FEMA, hazard mitigation and then benefits provided by natural systems. This includes analysis of the full spectrum of options available for minimizing the social and environmental impacts of flooding. Dave has managed and prepared plans, analyzed alternatives, regulations and policies, designed facilities, prepared ordinances, conducted public meetings, and worked with advisory committees. He is currently leading a policy-focused return on investment project in the Puyallup River Watershed looking at three approaches to flood risk management: levee repair, floodplain restoration and variance allowances.
Marta Ceroni, Ph.D. (Policy Analyst)
Marta Ceroni is a research professor at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont with interests in biodiversity and ecosystem services in natural and managed systems. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Parma, Italy. Her current work includes field assessments and valuations of ecosystem services for conservation with a special interest in countries with transitioning economies (e.g. Eastern Europe). She is also involved in the documentation and formalization of ecosystem service knowledge for use in public access databases and the study of policy mechanisms for sustainable forest management. She teaches ethnobotany from an ecological economic perspective in the Honors College at the UVM.
Sean McGuire (Genuine Progress Indicator, Policy)
Sean McGuire worked in Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources for 15 years before moving to Corvallis, OR. For the last seven years, Sean was the Director of Sustainability Policies, where he focused on statewide systemic policy solutions and initiatives; including, the green economy, ecological economics, sustainability indicators, and ecosystem services, valuation, and markets. In 2009, Sean initiated Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator (the first State government to do so) and continues to be an active national leader on the GPI and other alternative, more comprehensive gauges of true prosperity than traditional economic metrics. Sean earned his Master of Public Policy degree in Environmental Policy with a Certificate in Ecological Economics from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in History of Public Policy from U.C. Santa Barbara.
John W. Day, Jr., Ph.D. (Wetland Ecologist)
John W. Day is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, School of the Coast & Environment at Louisiana State University, where he has taught since 1971. He has published extensively on the ecology and management of coastal and wetland ecosystems and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is co-author (with M. Kemp, C. Hall, and A. Yáñez-Arancibia) of Estuarine Ecology, coeditor (with C. Hall) ofEcological Modeling in Theory and Practice, coeditor (with W. Conner) of The Ecology of the Barataria Basin, An Estuarine Profile, and coeditor (with A. Yáñez-Arancibia) of the Ecology of Coastal Ecosystems in the Southern Mexico: The Terminos Lagoon Region. Professor Day received his PhD in marine sciences and environmental sciences from the University of North Carolina in 1971 working with Dr. H.T. Odum. Since then, he has conducted extensive research on the ecology and management of the Mississippi Delta region and for the last 30 years, he has studied coastal ecosystems in Mexico and served as visiting professor at four universities internationally. He served as chair of the National Technical Review Committee reviewing the restoration program for the Mississippi delta and is currently active in delta restoration. He is the recipient of the Estuarine Research Federation Cronin Award for excellence in teaching in coastal sciences. He has served as major professor for 68 MS and PhD students.
John DeGraf (Happiness)
John DeGraf, co-author of WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY?, is the national coordinator of TAKE BACK YOUR TIME, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (see www.timeday.org) and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and over-consumption in America. He is often a guest lecturer on college campuses. John is the co-author of the best-selling AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC (Berrett-Koehler, 2001/2005—now published in eight other languages as well.). He is the editor of TAKE BACK YOUR TIME (Berrett-Koehler, 2003) and of the children’s book, DAVID BROWER: FRIEND OF THE EARTH (Henry Holt, 1992). He also wrote the first chapter (“Childhood Affluenza”) of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ seminal book on childhood, ABOUT CHILDREN (2004). His articles have been published in dozens of magazines. John has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 24 years, as an independent producer of television documentaries. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for film-making, including three Emmy awards. Prior to his work in TV, John was Public Affairs Director for KUMD Radio in Duluth, Minnesota. He has taught documentary film production at The University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. He has also taught on Time, Consumerism and Sustainability issues at Evergreen. John lives in Seattle, Washington.
David Fowler, MS, CFM (Project Lead)
David Fowler is a Senior Project Manager with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. He has a Master of Science degree in Stream Ecology. He worked as a Fisheries Biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He has been with the Sewerage District for 32 years. During his time there he has been active in the District’s ongoing efforts toward improving water quality, flood management and urban stream rehabilitation. Dave is a certified floodplain manger (CFM) in the state of Wisconsin, and is a tireless advocate responsible development through protection of floodplains and the state’s water resources. Dave co-chaired the Milwaukee River Basin Partnership (1998-2001), the Milwaukee River Basin Partnership actively promotes protection of the Milwaukee River Basin and incorporates the watershed approach to all of its activities. Dave has been a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) since 1998 and was active in the formation of the state chapter Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater and Coastal Management (WAFSCM). In 2006 Dave received the WAFSCM Chapter Service Award for his work with the chapter. He was the state chapter chairperson for four years and was the chairperson for the 2005 ASFPM annual conference in Madison. In 2005 Dave was awarded the River Networks, “River Hero Award” for his work on behalf of Milwaukee’s Rivers. Dave was served on the board of directors for the Association of State Floodplain Managers as the Region V Director from 2006 – 2011. He also serves as an Ad Hoc board member for the Association of State Wetland Managers Association. He is currently serving as the Watershed POD Facilitator for ASFPM and the Liaison for the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance a coalition of government and nongovernment organizations for the preservation of natural floodplain functions. In addition to these duties Dave has been serving as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Franklin, Wisconsin since 2005.
David McNally (Ecologist)
David McNally is a specialist in environmental sciences and international development. His expertise includes working for nearly 10 years in West Africa on capacity building projects in natural resources management, small enterprise development, and training. He has worked for organizations including the Forest Trends, the US Peace Corps, the International Soil Fertility Development Center (IFDC), CARE International, NOAA, Smithsonian Environmental Reserch Center, and Louisiana State University. David brings 20 years of technical expertise to Earth Economics environmental consulting services. He holds a MS in Oceanography and Coastal Science and BS in Environmental Management Systems from Louisiana State University. David is partner in the Vermont based consulting firm, AFORDable Futures LLC.
Brian Traughber (Midwest Ecologist)
Brian Traughber received his BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois-Chicago through the Illinois Veterans Grant and Montgomery GI Bill programs. After graduation, Brian owned and operated a lawn and landscape business in Sarasota, Florida. While operating the business, he completed a graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of South Florida-Tampa. After selling his business, he moved to Durham, NC where he worked as an Environmental Analyst at Research Triangle Institute using GIS to support the EPA’s strategy for maintaining a national inventory of water quality conditions under the Clean Water Act (CWA) sections 305(b) and 303(d). Brian completed a graduate internship at the Illinois EPA in 2010 performing intensive basin surveys monitoring chemical, physical, and biological conditions of inland lakes, rivers, and streams. His graduate research at Western Illinois University involves selecting and evaluating potential wetland restoration sites to enhance the ecosystem services provided, namely water quality, flood abatement, and biodiversity.
Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit Software Development Team
Corinne Cooley (Software and Project Lead)
Corinne Cooley has been honing the ability to ask useful questions and help smart people ship good web software since 2005. During that time, she held a variety of roles at Expedia, including managing the launch of over half a dozen new points of sale. Before that, she earned her BA in Physics-Astronomy with honors at Whitman College, with a stint at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand studying ultra-high energy neutrinos. She grew up surrounded by Washington State evergreens and has resided in the Pacific Northwest for most of her life. She serves on the board of Seattle Greendrinks and coordinates a small group of volunteers aiming to build a "green game". She is also an assistant instructor at the Seattle Wushu Center, where she has earned the rank of black belt. At Earth Economics, she will help bring the web-based Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit to the next level to enable organizations around the world to use scientific and economic data to drive meaningful decisions and actions.
Kellen Hawley (Web Application Developer)
Kellen Hawley graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration. He began administering and upgrading Earth Economics' ecosystem service data set in 2009, which he eventually compiled into the prototype for the Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit, a web-based version of Earth Economics’ internal valuation tools. Kellen currently works full-time as a Web Application Developer in Portland, OR, focusing most of his spare time on web development for various non-profits and the rest of it exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Ken Cousins, Ph.D. (Social Network Analysis and Text Mining)
Ken Cousins earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Politics and an M.A. in Political Economy (studying Ecological Economics under Herman Daly and Robert Costanza) from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Ecological Agriculture from The Evergreen State College. He researched forest management certification within the Chilean forestry industry from 2004-2006, and served as Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1993-1995. As co-founder and Research Director of The Vicinus Group, he applies text mining and network science techniques to reveal dynamic connections between people, organizations and concepts. He has been active in the sustainability movement for over twenty years, working with the Forest Stewardship Council, Green Festival, Sustainable Cascadia, Sustainable Seattle, and Eat Local Now!, as well as Seattle-area SCALLOPS affiliates, Transition Network groups, and others. He believes that sustainability – broadly realized – is necessary for a healthy, just, and vibrant society.
David Seago (Editor in Chief)
David Seago retired in 2008 as editorial page editor for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. A graduate of Stanford University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.), his volunteer activities include board and volunteer positions with the Washington Coalition for Open Government, the Cascade Land Conservancy, the Sierra Club and several organizations promoting bicycling and recreational trails. He is also an elected supervisor for the Pierce Conservation District.
Jennifer Harrison-Cox (Technical Advisor)
brings over 18 years of technical project and people management expertise to the applied field of ecological economics. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in political economy and intercultural communications from The Evergreen State College and has completed leadership training with LIOS Institute at Saybrook University. In 2006, Jennifer co-founded Partnership for Rural King County, a dynamic grassroots organization focused on the long-term sustainability and viability of agriculture, forestry and biodiversity in rural eastern King County, Washington. After a successful 20-year career in software engineering and operations, Jennifer joined Earth Economics in 2009 in the role of Managing Director. Under the partnered leadership of Jennifer and David, Earth Economics tripled staff and budget in just under 3 years and has realized some amazing accomplishments including inclusion of ecosystem service valuation in benefit-cost analysis and multi-criteria decision making at several local and federal agencies, conceptual development of a 21st century natural capital institution the "Watershed Investment District", the design and prototype of a web-based database of ecosystem service values (Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit), the release of the book What's the Economy for, Anyway?, and witnessed many fully funded restoration and conservation projects in the US and abroad.
Leah Eaton Mitchell (Editor and Graphics Design)
Leah Eaton Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communication, with an emphasis in Cultural Studies. She has a decade of local, regional and national communications and marketing experience with non-profits in the areas of public media, ethical leadership, bioregional development, and natural resource conservation, as well as for-profits in home mortgage and architecture. An avid traveler, she has a goal of visiting all continents within her lifetime.
Cathy Lear (Volunteer Editor)
Cathy Lear is the daughter of a computer scientist and an English teacher, Cathy has an abiding love for the elegant solution and a properly placed comma. Her work as a habitat biologist in the Pacific Northwest has contributed to restoration actions large and small. Cathy holds an MA in Political Science and BS degrees in Environmental Science and Journalism and begin in Fall 2013 contributing to Earth Economics as a volunteer editor.
Isabel de la Torre (Communications, Workshops)
Isabel de la Torre a Co-Founder of Earth Economics, was Executive Director of the Industrial Shrimp Action Network (ISA Net) and the United States Society for Ecological Economics before joining Earth Economics. She organized and co-founded ISA Net and the South East Asia Fishers for Justice. She has worked with local and national governments around the world, and NGOs working on international institutions on trade, finance, energy, forestry, fishery, toxics, environmental justice, indigenous peoples, coastal management, women, and human rights issues. She has bachelor degrees in communications and law and worked as a reporter, newspaper editor, and senior legal staff in the Philippines.
Ed Kula (Training Development)
Ed Kula brings over 25 years of experience designing, developing, and delivering various training subjects to professional audiences. He has led training organizations that had responsibility for both live and Internet-based training in many forms. Growing up in Chicago, Ed received his BA from the University of Illinois but soon after became a west coast resident. An avid outdoorsman and volunteer with the Washington Trails Association and the Mountaineers Club of Seattle, he is a skier, mountain biker, and hiker who has turned to economics to save the places he loves. As Earth Economics expands its capabilities and increases opportunities to provide access to information and analysis, Ed will work with the team to ensure that the knowledge necessary to utilize Earth Economic resources will be available.
Jitendra Joshi (Webmaster)
Jitendra Joshi has completed a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) and Bachelors in Computer Applications (BCA). He is a software developer with over 3 years of experience in web and software development, primarily ASP.net, C#, PHP, Python and Ruby on Rails. He is code junkie and passionate about computer programming, and loves playing chess and reading books. Jitendra provides back end support for the Earth Economics website, and helped to develop the pages for the project What’s the Economy for, Anyway? Jitendra also serves as webmaster for several non-profit organizations, including The Aids Policy Project, WaterForHumansand Stories Work.
Aaron Chau (Administrative/IT Intern)
Aaron Chau is a student at the University of Washington majoring in Computer Science or Informatics. His experience includes Web Design and Java programming. At the moment he is the webmaster at MyScholarshipStory (MSS), a small start-up organization to help students win scholarships, and has also worked with a professor in the past to create a website for his documents of the Ottoman Empire. When Aaron was working at Baskin Robin, he loved working with people and hearing their stories about their childhood.
Alex Markey (Communications Intern)
Alex Markey was born in Fullerton, California, and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He moved to Tacoma in 2009 to attend the University of Puget Sound, where he graduated with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Spanish. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Alex has always enjoyed outdoor recreation, from snowboarding on Mt. Hood to backpacking in Olympic National Park. He brings his appreciation for the natural beauty and history of the Northwest, as well as his avid interest in politics and public policy, to his work at Earth Economics, where he hopes to further organization's mission by contributing to outreach communications, fundraising research, and operations and project assistance.
Brianna Trafton (Administrative Intern)
Brianna Trafton is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Before transferring to the UW she started her undergraduate at New York University where she spent a year abroad in Paris, France and a year in New York City. While at NYU she was involved with the Earth Matters club on campus, coordinating the first student-led CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Originally from the San Juan Islands, she is excited to be re-exploring the Pacific Northwest and hopes to contribute to and get exposure to the field of ecological economics by working and learning with the Earth Economics team.
Can Huynh (Administrative/IT Intern)
Can Huynh was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and is currently pursuing a Computer Engineer / Science degree at University of Washington Seattle. He is fascinated by all technology subject matters with a special interested in Artificial Intelligence. An engineer at heart, he loves problem solving and manipulating any type of mechanics that he can get a hold of. Can is experienced in Java programming and web development and has worked on several personal web and technology based projects. Aside from his current internship with Earth Economics, he has volunteered his expertise in the creation of My Scholarship Story’s Website, a non-profit organization formed by students who volunteer their scholarship story and experience with the intent of helping other students obtain scholarships of their own.
Johnny Mojica (Business Administrative Intern)
Johnny Mojica was born and raised in Monroe, Washington. He then moved to Spokane to attend Eastern Washington University in 2008. While at EWU, Johnny obtained degrees in Economics and Finance. Johnny developed a high passion for data and the story that it can tell. He especially loves the field of sports economics after spending 5 years in Spokane, he recently moved to Olympia where he has renewed his love for the Pacific Northwest and all its beauty.
Nicholas Smit (Communications Intern)
Nicholas Smit is a current Sophomore at the University of Puget Sound, where he is pursuing a BA in Economics and a minor in Environmental Policy. Nicholas intends to devote his life's energy to sustainable living, having been active through volunteerism with the Puget Sounderkeepers Alliance, a member position on the Seattle Aquarium's "PS We Love You," campaign, and as co-founder of his Highschool's first environmental school-wide assembly and club. His inspiration for protecting the earth is hard to miss: the northwest glows with natural beauty. However, it's fragility is why he hopes to join EarthEconomics in it's ongoing mission to revolutionize our communities' thinking and grow our sustainability.
Sohan Punatar (Communications Intern)
Sohan Punatar is a senior at the University of Puget Sound studying International Political Economy and minoring in Mathematics. He will be pursuing engineering next year with the intent to work with environmental firms on their technical and policy needs.