Our Team

Below are brief bios of our team members. Want to join us in the fight against climate change? Email us to find out about volunteer opportunities.

 

Douglas RayDouglas Ray, PhD

Chair
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.

peter-kellyPeter Kelly, PhD

Vice Chair
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.

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.

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 served for three years as communications chair of Carbon Washington. 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.

Deepa Garg

Deepa recently moved to Washington after completing her MBA from the University of Chicago. She is focusing her consulting work in the growing clean tech sector. Deepa worked for over a decade in the digital advertising industry. She also has worked in marketing for a green startup, managed ad operations for a major political campaign, and co-coordinated a marathon fundraising program for an educational non
profit. Deepa is most of all committed to leaving behind a healthier planet for her two young daughters.

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.

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 former 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.

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.
 

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 is a graduate of the University of Washington where he completed a political science degree with honors. He has worked on climate change and sustainability for 10 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. More recently, he also served as the Co-Director of Carbon Washington from 2015-2016 during the I-732 campaign before staying on as the Executive Director. Outside of work, Kyle is an aspiring surfer, sailor, and recently completed bicycle touring the west coast of the United States. kyle@carbonwa.org.
 

Katsi Peña

Advocacy Coordinator 

Katsi is passionate about the intersectionality of science, equity, and effective environmental policy. She graduated with a B.S. from Colorado State University, studying Rangeland Ecology with minors in Conservation Biology and Political Science. During her undergrad, Katsi was active in organizing service-based learning opportunities for students focused on the intersectionality of environmental justice, sustainability, urban agriculture, food insecurity, homelessness, and gentrification. Katsi is a currently a graduate student at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, focusing on Environmental Policy. She is excited about working to further her education in a field that works to connect people to their social and ecological communities through education, outreach, and political activism. You can reach Katsi at Katsi@carbonwa.org

Marcia Baker

Marcia Baker is Professor Emerita, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

Yoram Bauman, PhD

Yoram Bauman was the founder and co-chair of the I-732 carbon tax campaign. He now lives in Utah and volunteers there and around the country on climate issues, especially state-level carbon taxes. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington.

 

Sylvester Cann

Cathy Carruthers

Megan Conaway

Jessyn Farrell

David Giuliani

David Giuliani is best known as the co-inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush and Clarisonic skin care system, and as the successful co-founder and CEO of both companies. He is co-founder of the Low Carbon Prosperity Institute, and board member and co-founder of the Washington Business Alliance.

 

Kathy Lambert

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Mike Massa


Mike Massa is an engineering and technology professional with interests in economics, energy, psychology, and sustainability. He is passionate about accelerating the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon society. Mike previously served as Board Chair of Carbon Washington and worked extensively on the Initiative 732 campaign.

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Sharon 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. She is a past board member of Carbon Washington.

 

Philip Rasch

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan was co-chair of Carbon Washington’s Initiative 732 campaign He has been a leader in the Washington State environmental community since the 1970s.

 

Menno van Wyk

menno-van-wykMenno 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.

 

Richard Wesley