Our Team

We are a non-partisan grassroots group of individuals who are keen on bringing a BC-style carbon tax to Washington State. Below are brief bios on some of our members. Want to join the fight against climate change? Check out our current job openings.

Joe Ryan - 1Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan is a long-time leader in the Washington State environmental community. His activism has been on-going since the 1970s, including leading the ballot measure to prohibit issuing bonds to finance the WPPSS nuclear power plants without voter approval.

Mike Massa

Mike Massa is an engineering professional with interests in economics, energy, psychology, and sustainability. After spending many years in the technology industry, he now focuses on accelerating the transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Yoram Bauman

Founder Yoram is a PhD environmental economist — and “stand-up economist” — who co-authored (with Alan Durning of Sightline Institute) the 1998 book Tax Shift that helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. He is also the co-author (with Shi-Ling Hsu) of a 2012 NY Times op-ed piece about the BC carbon tax and the co-author (with Grady Klein) of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics. He lives in Seattle with his wife Laura and their 2-year-old daughter Zadie. More bio and photos are here. yoram@carbonwa.org.

Bill BoydBill Boyd

Bill Boyd has spent the past four decades in communications — as an all-news radio anchor in DC, reporter for KIRO Radio and KSTW-TV in Seattle, political press secretary, corporate communicator, partner in a marketing firm and principal of The Bill Boyd Group. Bill was a volunteer communications strategist for the Yes on 732 campaign. He’s a member of Audubon’s Rainier Chapter and the Citizens Climate Lobby. He’s also co-founder of the Information Overload Research Group.

Megan ConawayMegan Conaway

Megan Conaway joined the board after working as the I-732 campaign’s outreach coordinator. Megan completed her Master of Arts in Policy Studies at the University of Washington at Bothell. Originally from the South, she was drawn to the Northwest culture and wildlife. She works on policy and internship coordination.  

Gwen HansonGwen Hanson, MD

Gwen Hanson is working to stabilize the climate by leading the Bellevue, Washington, chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and as a member of the board of Carbon Washington. A solo family physician, wife, and mother of three, Gwen passionately seeks a safe, just environment for the young people of today and tomorrow. To stay happy and focused, Gwen bikes/buses everywhere she goes and plays violin and piano with many area musicians. 

peter-kellyPeter Kelly, PhD

Peter Kelly earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley and was a full-time faculty member at Renmin University of China.  He is an associate editor at the Journal of Forest Economics with a number of publications on the economics of sustainable land use. He is also founder of Grow Further, a nonprofit organization supporting agricultural science in developing countries to benefit small-scale farmers and the environment.

sharon-nelsonSharon Nelson

Sharon Nelson is a lawyer who has served as Chairman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She has also served as board chair of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, and from 2003-2006 she was Chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

kate-pflaumerKate Pflaumer

Kate Pflaumer was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington during the Clinton Administration and since then has been a special master and tort claims reviewer appointed to assist courts in sensitive cases. She is Chair of the Board of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

greg-rockGreg Rock

Greg Rock graduated, top of his class, from Cal Polytechnic where he focused his engineering coursework towards addressing resource depletion and climate change. As an entrepreneur, Greg co-founded The Green Car Company, and a transit orientated infill development company. In 2012, Greg completed a Swedish master’s program in Sustainable Energy Engineering focused on energy policy. Since returning Greg has contributed to public service as a state employee.

Dan ShihDanShih2896

Board Secretary
Dan is an attorney at Susman Godfrey LLP representing clients in courts across the country on complex litigation matters.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Princeton and a master’s degree in economics and J.D. from Stanford.  Prior to law school, Dan worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and in private equity.  Dan also serves as a board member for the ACLU of Washington, API Chaya, QLaw Association, and the Lakeside School Alumni Board.  Dan lives in Seattle with his husband and three daughters.

aaron-tamAaron Tam

 Regional Campaign Coordinator Aaron Tam is passionate about fighting for environmental and socioeconomic justice, and he’s proud to be fighting for a climate policy that not only fights climate change but also addresses Washington’s regressive tax system. Aaron recently completed a double degree in Environmental Science: Wildlife Conservation and Political Science at the University of Washington. Aaron recently served as an environmental leader on the UW campus as the UW Earth Club president, UW Recycling Outreach Coordinator, and CarbonWA UW Chapter Vice President. During his free time, Aaron enjoys hiking, drawing, and karaoking. aaron@carbonwa.org.

menno-van-wykMenno van Wyk

Menno van Wyk is the founder and former CEO of Montrail, a footwear manufacturer that was sold to Columbia Sportswear in 2006. Since then Menno has been active in a variety of entrepreneurial activities in the Seattle area.

Samara VillasenorSamara Villasenor

Samara Villasenor is a principal at GreatWork Strategic Communications, a boutique public relations and public affairs agency in Seattle which helps clients build organizational trust, mobilize stakeholders, and create respect and long-term loyalty. Samara was a communications consultant for the Yes on 732 campaign, and is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) Bellevue Chapter. Samara earned a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language and Literature from Yale.

kyle-murphyKyle Murphy

Executive Director

Kyle has worked on climate change and sustainability for seven years. He launched local divestment efforts, served as field director of a 2014 campaign to expand transit service in Seattle, and was heavily involved with the UW’s Campus Sustainability Fund. Kyle also served as the Co-Director of Carbon Washington from 2015-2016 during the I-732 campaign. Outside of work, Kyle is an aspiring surfer, sailor, and recently completed bicycle touring the west coast of the United States. kyle@carbonwa.org.


rheanna-johnstonRheanna Johnston

NW Washington Campaign Coordinator
Rheanna is a senior at Western Washington University majoring in Environmental Policy and International Studies. She’s excited to be working with such an inspiring group of passionate and dedicated people on an initiative that will not only set us on the road to mitigating climate change but will also address Washington’s regressive tax system. In her free time she enjoys all things stereotypically PNW including hiking, kayaking, and skiing. She also loves her mini-garden, and is working on expanding her language horizons (German, French, Spanish and most recently, Arabic). rheanna@carbonwa.org

Blake Wedekind

Blake is a recent graduate from Cal Poly where he received his degree in Economics. Upon moving back to Washington, Blake was thrilled to find out that his home state had a carbon tax initiative on the ballot — a policy he had learned about in the classroom. Blake believes in the philosophy of sustainability and the simple idea that we should leave things better than we found them – be it the earth, relationships, or an organization.

Tizita Assefa

Social Justice Outreach, Young Adults, and Youth Programs Coordinator, Eastshore Unitarian Church


Priya Sinha Cloutier

Attorney and Founding Partner, Cloutier Global 

Richard Wesley

Senior Research Scientist, Tableau