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  • Amy Gore
    Sustainable Communities Director

Executive Director

Hilary Franz
Hilary brings over 14 years of experience working on environmental, local government and public policy issues. Prior to coming to Futurewise, Hilary represented local governments, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups on a broad range of land use and environmental law issues, including the Growth Management, Shoreline Management, Endangered Species, and State Environmental Policy Acts. From 2008 to 2011, she served as a Bainbridge Island city councilmember and government leader, bringing together diverse coalitions of local, state, and national public and private entities and developing nationally recognized environmental policies and programs.

Hilary is an active leader in the local government and environmental arena. She currently sits on the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development District Board, and the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council. She was appointed by the Governor to Washington State’s Climate Action Team IWG on the State Environmental Policy Act. She has served on numerous boards, including serving currently on the Conservation Northwest board and formerly on the boards for Washington Environmental Council, the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Friends of the Farms.

Hilary is a graduate of Smith College and Northeastern University Law School. She lives with her husband, three young boys, and a small herd of goats and chickens on a historic farm in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x116
Email: hilary@futurewise.org

Administration & Operations

Christina Hannan, Finance and Operations Manager
Christina has 12 years of experience in financial, technology and human resources management for businesses and non-profit organizations. She comes to us from Seattle Milk Fund, where she served as Operations Director, bookkeeper and office manager and from H+dlT Collaborative, LLC where she served as Business Manager. Christina has a masters in Science in Management from Antioch University, a Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership and Change Management and Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change, and she got her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Mills College.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x111
Email: christina@futurewise.org

Legislative & Field Programs

Kelsey Beck, State Lobbyist
Kelsey represents Futurewise in Olympia on state policy efforts. Prior to coming to Futurewise in 2014, she was a state lobbyist for the City of Seattle and managed the public policy program at Food Lifeline. She has a Master’s in Policy Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phone: (206) 579-0297
Email: kelsey@futurewise.org

Ryan Ericson, Whatcom County Program Director
Ryan has worked for more than 10 years on natural resource and stormwater management issues for municipalities and private consulting firms. He has over six years experience as Natural Resource Specialist and Shoreline Planner with the City of Bainbridge Island, with significant experience in developing scientifically based solutions for managing watershed resources from preparing mitigation plans and marine riparian restoration plans to performing land use analysis and developing innovative policies and regulatory strategies. He has also implemented Water Quality and Flow Monitoring Programs, which monitored surface water quality, stream base flow, and groundwater. He has been recognized for his work in designing a GIS application to map municipal storm sewer system and designing a stormwater asset management system to track infrastructure maintenance.

Prior to this role, he worked at a marine science consulting firm and toxicology laboratory where he worked as an environmental analyst on issues from TMDL implementation, offshore water quality sampling, marine biological surveys and NPDES Phase 1 stormwater permit compliance. He received his Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Minor in Geographical Information Technologies from Humboldt State University in California.

Ryan enjoys outdoor sports, music, home brewing, and environmental stewardship. “I have a passion for insuring watersheds maintain ecological functions for future generations to enjoy. I love water whether it is flowing or frozen, I am an avid sailor and enjoy surfing, skiing, fishing and camping. Whatcom County offers so many recreational activities; I look forward to taking full advantage of the opportunity for year around enjoyment of the landscape and sharing these experiences with my wife and two sons.”

Phone: (360) 306-5709
Email: ryan@futurewise.org

April Putney, Director, Statewide Policy & Advocacy
April coordinates Futurewise's statewide policy and field activities. Prior to joining Futurewise in 2006, April successfully worked to protect Washington's communities & citizens from the last takings initiative. Before moving to the Pacific NW, April worked with NJPIRG & AmeriCorps on water quality, environmental advocacy, and citizen organizing efforts at both Rutgers and Princeton Universities. She has a B.A. from Syracuse University.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x120
Email: april@futurewise.org

Kristin Kelly, Snohomish County Program Director
Kristin leads grassroots organizing efforts in Snohomish County. As a small business owner, Kristin got her start on growth management issues as a volunteer activist in Snohomish County, organizing a citizens’ group in the Lake Stevens area. She also currently serves as Smart Growth Director for Pilchuck Audubon Society. Kristin has a B.S. in Natural Resource Communications from Humboldt State University.

Phone: (425) 923-8625
Email: kristin@futurewise.org

Kitty Klitzke, Eastern Washington Program Director
Kitty Klitzke is based in Spokane where she grew-up and leads Futurewise's policy and organizing work in Eastern Washington. Her service in the US Army inspired her to seek out a better way to save her country and the planet, influencing her to take a stronger stance on environmental and social justice. While majoring in art in college, she got involved in the Fair Trade and Environmental movements working as a volunteer on several campaigns. She went on to work as the Program Outreach Director and campaign organizer for The Lands Council and went down to part-time there in order to work for Futurewise as a Program Director. She now works full time for Futurewise.

Phone: (509) 838-1965
Email: kitty@futurewise.org

Planning & Legal Programs

Tim Trohimovich, Director of Planning & Law
Tim joined the Futurewise staff in January 2001. He has more than 25 years of growth management experience, most recently as Comprehensive Planning Division Manager at the City of Redmond, where he participated in GMA appeals and worked extensively with citizens, elected officials, and planners. Tim has also worked on land use issues as hearing examiner in McCleary and Elma, as a Legal Planner for the Department of Ecology, and in Grays Harbor. He is AICP certified and is a member of the Washington and Oregon State Bar Associations. Tim grew-up in Aberdeen.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x118
Email: tim@futurewise.org

Dean Patterson, Shoreline Planner
Dean joined Futurewise as our first Shoreline Planner in August 2008. Dean was most recently a Planning Manager for Yakima County, administering the county’s Shoreline Master Plan. He recently completed Yakima County’s Shoreline Master Program and Critical Areas Ordinance updates. Dean graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Architecture and a MS in Natural Resource Planning. Dean is located in Yakima.

Phone: (509) 823-5481
Email: dean@futurewise.org

Heather Trim, Science & Policy Director
Heather works to prevent runoff from entering our waterways, improving shoreline management practices and policies and addressing a range of issues from community sustainability, habitats, and climate change

Heather has more than 20 years of experience in environmental work. Prior to joining Futurewise, Heather was at People for Puget Sound for over ten years where she focused on protections for the marine environment. Prior to that, she was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council focusing on various projects leading to the greening of the rivers, including water quality, stormwater issues, pollution assessments and habitat renewal. She also worked for the Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits, and pollution assessments of both surface and ground water for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Beyond Futurewise, Heather has also been a leader of Zero Waste Seattle, which has run campaigns on food serviceware styrofoam ban, plastic bags and reducing unwanted phonebooks, among other waste reduction efforts.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x115
Email: heather@futurewise.org

Franziska McKay, Education and Outreach Manager
Franziska (“Franzi”) joined Futurewise this February. She works to engage and educate the public about Futurewise’s programs throughout the state with a special emphasis on healthy waterways and shorelines. Originally from Germany, she moved to Seattle in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the beauty of Washington State. Franzi studied business administration with a focus on marketing and environmental economics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich. She started her career doing marketing for various for-profit industries. A few years ago, she decided to dedicate her skills and passion to the environmental field and joined People For Puget Sound as Community Educator. Her goal is to get people excited about our region, so they will become stewards of our land, resources, and creatures and support Futurewise’s mission to protect the land and build strong communities.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x121
Email:
franziska@futurewise.org

Urban Program

Monica Smith, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Monica leads Futurewise's Urban Policy Program. She has more than 25 years of experience in real estate, project management and sustainable development. Monica founded Bluegreen Consulting in 2006 to focus on real estate and green building consulting services. She was previously a partner at Catapult Community Developers, where she developed urban-infill and adaptive-reuse projects. While at Catapult, she also consulted to nonprofit and public agencies promoting affordable housing and sustainable development strategies.

From 1990-2000, Monica focused on international corporate real estate and conducted transactions and project management in over 50 countries. She was the International Real Estate Manager for Microsoft Corporation, overseeing the real estate, design and construction of their international portfolio. While managing Novell Inc.'s Asian real estate portfolio, she was living and working in Bangalore, India.

Monica’s recent board activity includes the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, Seattle’s Urban Land Institute's Executive Committee, and Red Feather Development Group. She is an advisory member of University of Washington’s certificate program in commercial real estate. She's been LEED accredited since 2005 and was a faculty member for the United States Green Building Council's LEED program.

Monica has been a downtown Seattle dweller for more than 15 years.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x113
Email: monica@futurewise.org

Amy Gore, Sustainable Communities Director
New to Futurewise, Amy is working to create livable, vibrant communities in King County and beyond as the Community Development Director. Prior to coming to Futurewise, Amy spent nine years working in Urban Planning and Real Estate Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia, where she focused on a wide-range of community development issues, including affordable housing, transportation, economic development and redevelopment. Amy has a B.A. in Business from Emory University and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Georgia Tech. In her spare time, Amy enjoys exploring her new home of Seattle and the surrounding areas.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x112
Email: amy@futurewise.org

Fundraising

Andrea Johnson, Director of Development
Andrea comes to Futurewise with 14 years of experience at all levels of fundraising, events, public relations and communications management. Andrea has worked with some of our region’s most prestigious organizations including The Seattle Center, One Reel and Northwest Folklife. Most recently Andrea was the Director of Development at Cancer Lifeline helping individuals, especially low-income cancer patients and survivors access support and resources at no charge. Prior to that, Andrea served as the Director of Development at Jubilee Women’s Center, a transitional housing program for homeless women. While at Jubilee, Andrea completed a multi-million dollar capital campaign and property acquisition, allowing Jubilee to serve even more women. Andrea is an alumna of the WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communications and is the co-chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board, representing district 4.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x122
Email: andrea@futurewise.org

Francesca Lepore, Development Coordinator
Originally from Texas, Francesca lived on most coasts and corners of the U.S. before landing in Seattle in 2007. She loves the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest and you can find her hiking or snowshoeing with her husband and dog Dusty on most weekends. Francesca earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder. During college, she interned at the EPA and also spent several summers working as a Research Assistant in the geology department at Rice University. Francesca has worked in the travel industry doing email marketing for the luxury travel consortia, Virtuoso. Francesca first came to Futurewise as an intern after taking Environmental Science and nonprofit fundraising classes. In the summer of 2013, she joined the staff as a full time Development Coordinator.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x119
Email: francesca@futurewise.org

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