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  • Julia Burns
    Whatcom Community Outreach & Education Coordinator
  • 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


Hayley Bonsteel, Outreach & Engagement Program Manager
Hayley joined Futurewise in 2014 and works on a wide variety of projects—from outreach on science and policy issues for polluted sites to community engagement on sustainable development at neighborhood- and city-wide scales. She brings years of graphics experience, design and production abilities, a love for science, and a passion for equitable environmental solutions. Previously, Hayley worked at Feet First in Seattle doing pedestrian planning and creating reports and graphics for various land use projects. She also worked at Impact Capital in Seattle on the Equity Network. Past positions have been at government agencies and the private sector in Alaska, Maryland, and Minnesota in urban planning and landscape architecture. She holds a BA in architecture and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. She has lived in Seattle for three years, and enjoys time with her dog more than just about anything else.

Phone: (206) 343-0681

Julia Burns, Whatcom Community Outreach & Education Coordinator

Julia joined the Futurewise staff in 2015 and is working to engage Whatcom County residents in environmental and land use issues, especially around the topic of stormwater. Julia comes to us with a background in municipal planning and community outreach and education. Previously, Julia worked for the Stanley Park Ecology Society where she had the opportunity to work in one of Canada’s most dramatic urban parks and spread awareness about ecological health and biodiversity in urban fringe areas. She has also worked with municipalities to coordinate community engagement for long-range planning issues and comprehensive plan updates. Her skills include facilitation, outreach and event planning, and graphic design.

A Pacific Northwest native, Julia grew up along the west coast on both sides of US/Canada border. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Community and Environmental Planning at the University of Washington and a certificate in Graphic Design at Emily Carr University. Julia is a ski fanatic, a hiker, a camper and an avid thrift store shopper. She is passionate in engaging communities in the democratic process and empowering them to plan their own future and she is thrilled to be doing this work with Whatcom Futurewise.


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

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

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

Andrea Johnson, Director of Development
Andrea comes to Futurewise with 16 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 a member of the King County Women’s Advisory Board, representing district 4.

Phone: (206) 343-0681 x122

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

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

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

Jeanette Ordonez, Community Outreach & Education Coordinator
Jeanette joined the Futurewise staff in 2014 and is working to engage King County residents in environmental and land use issues, especially around the topic of pollution. Previously, Jeanette worked for the nonprofit Invisible Children where she had the opportunity to travel the southwest raising awareness on a Central African conflict and mobilizing citizens of all ages to become advocates. She has also worked with youth to engage them in matters of local and global social justice. Her skills include communications and organizing events, including large 20,000 person events (Sun God Festival in San Diego). A California native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A lover of Mount Rainier, hiking, sailing and orcas, Jeanette is thrilled to contribute her skills and enthusiasm to the Futurewise team.

Phone: (206) 343-0681

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

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

Spencer Williams, Urban Designer & Planner
Spencer joined Futurewise in 2014 and works within the Livable Communities Program promoting healthy, connected and equitable communities. He brings years of policy and design experience at a variety of scales, a love for urban environments, and a commitment to expand opportunity throughout the state. Previously, Spencer worked within the Urban Design Studio at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on a variety of neighborhood plans as well as citywide strategic and comprehensive plans. Spencer’s previous work focused on growth management, designing integrated infrastructure systems, creating performance metrics, and community engagement- with a special focus on engaging youth in the planning process. He holds a BFA in architecture and a Masters in urban and regional planning. Spencer is excited to bring his experience and imagination to the Futurewise team.

Phone: (206) 343-0681

Bryce Yadon, State Policy Director
Bryce brings many years of political experience to Futurewise. He began his career as an Associate Legislative Assistant to the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and then worked as Legislative Assistant to the House Housing Chair. He went on to work as a Government Affairs Associate at a local firm, where he represented both public entities such as the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities, and non-profit organizations, like the Washington Economic Development Association. Bryce has a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Management from Middlesex University in London and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University.p>

Phone: (253) 249-4430

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