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.


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.

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.

Duncan ClausonDuncan Clauson

Duncan Clauson was one of the initial co-directors at Carbon Washington. Originally from the Midwest, Duncan moved to Seattle in 2006 and began working on energy and environment issues as assistant canvass director at WashPIRG (supporting I-937). Duncan has earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, and a Masters of Public Administration, with a focus on environmental policy and management, from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

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. 

Philip JonesPhilip Jones

Philip Jones is a senior management executive with private-sector leadership experience. He served 11 years as a Washington State Public Utilities Commissioner overseeing a complex mix of regulatory affairs within the electric, gas, communication, and water infrastructure sectors. He also served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), providing nationwide leadership around energy policy, infrastructure planning, and utility regulation issues.

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.

Douglas RayDouglas Ray, PhD

Douglas Ray is Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and and Executive-in-Residence with Washington State University Tri-Cities. He is a recognized authority on decarbonizing the global energy system and the environmental consequences of energy production and use. Dr. Ray received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a contributing member of a variety of national and international organizations.

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

Rheanna first joined Carbon Washington as a volunteer gathering signatures for Initiative 732. She got hooked and went on to join the team as the coordinator for the NW chapter of the Yes On 732 campaign. Since then, she has had the opportunity to do grant research for the Carbon Tax Center, spent time actively organizing for tenants’ rights and affordable housing in Bellingham, and now works in Seattle on a utility-based energy efficiency project. She’s a member of Carbon Washington’s communications committee. In her free time she enjoys all things classically PNW, including hiking, kayaking, and gardening. You can reach her to talk sustainability and energy policy at 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