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.

Matt Peterson

Treasurer
Matt is a technology executive with nearly 20 years of experience working at high growth companies and investment firms. He most recently worked at Amazon, where he led digital media initiatives and M&A transactions. Early in his career, he implemented microcredit lending programs for small businesses in Central America as a Peace Corps volunteer. Matt received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College and an MBA, with concentrations in business strategy and analytical finance, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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 joins CarbonWA after completing her MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since then, she has focused her efforts on cleaner consumption, both in the clean-tech sector and consumer products. Deepa spent over a decade optimizing digital ad performance for major consumer brands, most recently at Yahoo!. She also cultivated a consumer market for Zumbox (a startup looking to save trees), managed ad operations for a major presidential campaign, and co-coordinated a marathon fundraising program for educational nonprofit Asha for Education. She currently works as Marketing Director at charity gift card nonprofit Tisbest.org. 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. 

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

Policy Committee Chair
Greg Rock has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering. He worked for three years at the State Energy Office as their lead on public building efficiency improvements and founded the Green Car Company in 2004. In 2008, he started an infill development company focused on transit-oriented properties. Greg has volunteered as Carbon Washington’s lobbyist for the past four legislative sessions. Over the past two years, Greg has organized and led a multi-disciplinary research and development group focused on developing carbon sequestration technologies and policies.

aaron-tamAaron Tam

Aaron is a long-time volunteer and former campaign organizer for Carbon Washington’s I-732 campaign. He currently serves on the policy committee of the Carbon Washington board. Aaron has served as President of the University of Washington’s Earth Club and his legislative district’s Young Democrats. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree to analyze and advance policies that promote racial, socioeconomic, and environmental equity.

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.
 

Noa Kay

Sustainable Farms Campaign Manager

Noa earned masters degrees in Education and Public Health and has over 16 years of experience working as an educator and public policy researcher. Throughout her career, Noa has worked collaboratively with families, stakeholders, partner organizations, and elected officials. Recently, Noa’s commitment to improving both human and environmental health led her to launch a small no-till vegetable farm. She spends her time outside of work hiking, trail running, and cooking.

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

Richard Wesley is a Senior Research Scientist at Tableau Software. Over the last 10 years, his work there with climate data made him acutely aware of the climate crisis and led him to join CarbonWA. Richard has degrees in mathematics from Dartmouth and Brown, and has worked for most of his career in high-speed data processing. He is now working to apply those skills to climate policy modeling.