Futurewise selects Franz as new director

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Futurewise is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilary Franz, an active leader in the local government and environmental arena, as its new Executive Director.

September 30, 2011

Futurewise, Washington State’s premiere statewide smart growth nonprofit, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilary Franz, an active leader in the local government and environmental arena, as its new Executive Director.

“We are delighted to have Hilary take the leadership of Futurewise,” said Roberta Lewandowski, Futurewise Board President. “Her past experience demonstrates an untiring commitment to smart growth, environmental conservation and a collaborative approach."

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-profits, and citizen groups on a broad range of land use and environmental law issues.  For the past four years, she has served as a local government leader, bringing together diverse coalitions of local, state, and national public and private entities and developing nationally recognized environmental policies and programs.

"I am excited to join Futurewise with its legacy of protecting our state’s natural resources and its commitment to creating livable communities,” said Hilary Franz.   “By working with our communities to protect our natural resources, foster local food economies, improve transportation choices, address aging infrastructure, and enhance a sense of place, we will help attract more sustainable economic opportunities and create stronger, healthier communities.”

As a Bainbridge Island City Councilmember, Hilary 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.  Additional board service includes Conservation Northwest, Washington Environmental Council, the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Friends of the Farms.

Franz added “I look forward to building upon Futurewise’s track record of success and working with our communities, and local and state decision makers to implement policies that will make Washington state a model for sustainability, prosperity, and vibrant communities.”

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 an old historical farm in Port Madison, Bainbridge Island.

About Futurewise:

Futurewise works to promote healthy communities and cities while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines today and for future generations.  For the past two and half years, Futurewise has been fortunate to have three senior staff members serve as Co-Directors:  Tim Trohimovich, Co-Director Planning & Law; Angela Uhl, Co-Director, Development & Operations; and April Putney, Co-Director, Statewide Policy & Advocacy.  The three former co-directors will continue working at Futurewise as Director of Planning & Law, Associate Director, and Director of Policy & Advocacy, respectively.

For more information about Hilary Franz, please visit: http://be.futurewise.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=9410

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