Staff - Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Julie Angell, Operations Director

Julie is the glue that holds the office together. Outside of work, she is often training for her next personal challenge, be that riding the STP, her next triathlon or a future summit of Rainier.

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Anna Bachmann, Healthy Watersheds Program Manager

Healthy Watersheds Manager Anna Bachmann joined Puget Soundkeeper in the summer of 2019 and is the staff lead for the Lost Urban Creeks Project. She has nearly 30 years of experience working on occupational health, biodiversity conservation, environmental education, and water resource protection. 

Anna spent 16 years in Olympia, Seattle, and Port Townsend, and has sailed and kayaked the waters of Puget Sound and paddled many of its rivers.  Prior to joining Puget Soundkeeper, Anna also worked at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center with youth and adult volunteers exploring the diverse marine ecosystems of Admiralty Inlet and the Straits of Juan De Fuca. In her current role, Anna is most excited about passing on her love of clean water and expertise in water quality monitoring to the students of the Lost Urban Creeks Project.

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Alyssa Barton, Policy Manager

Alyssa Barton is an attorney, environmentalist, and outdoors explorer with seven years of legal experience and a history of environmental activism. She handles policy analysis and advocacy for Soundkeeper.

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Sean Dixon, Soundkeeper & Executive Director

Sean is a former Senior Attorney at Hudson Riverkeeper and most recently worked as Chief of Staff for the Region 1 (New England) office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through his work as an advocate and a public official, he has monitored waterfronts on boat patrols, led coastal clean ups, built consensus around novel water permitting approaches, pushed for community-led remediation of legacy industrial sites, and supported the work of frontline communities fighting for equitable access to clean, thriving waterways.

Sean holds an LL.M. in Climate Change Law and a J.D. in Environmental Law from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in White Plains, NY; a master’s degree from the Yale School of the Environment; and a B.A. in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Boston University. He has served as Membership Officer and Council Member for the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law and has been an on the adjunct faculty at Yale College, Pace Law School, and Clarkson University.

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Blair Englebrecht, Boating Programs Manager

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Boating Programs Manager, Blair Engelbrecht, joined Puget Soundkeeper in August and manages the statewide Clean Marina program. Much of Blair’s extensive boating experience was gained while working as a scuba instructor in Indonesia and Hawai’i. As the Environmental Specialist for the Canaveral Port Authority in Florida, Blair furthered her field expertise in environmental permit requirements, inspections, and enforcement.  Blair has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Utah and a Masters of Science in International Relations, specializing in Environmental Policy, from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. In addition to managing the Clean Marinas program, Blair captains Puget Soundkeeper’s patrol boat, The Parker, and works on Clean & Safe Energy and Vessel Pollution policy campaigns. 

Since coming on board, Blair has educated more than 1,000 boaters on clean boating practices and engaged 81 marinas in protecting Puget Sound.

In her spare time she can be found snowboarding, camping, climbing, or playing on the water.

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Gillian Flippo, Stewardship Coordinator

Gillian grew up in Chicago and moved to the PNW September 2019. She’s always had a passion for protecting water quality and communicating the importance of the environment. She loves being outside, whether that be hiking, running or kayaking on Puget Sound.

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Katelyn Kinn, Staff Attorney

The daughter of a Great Lakes fisherman, working to keep waterways fishable is in Katelyn’s blood. As a Clean Water Attorney, she manages Soundkeeper’s Enforcement Program and litigation docket, and feels strongly that everyone has a right to safely swim and fish their local waters.

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Teresa Nelson, Development Director

Teresa grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, just up the hill from the Des Moines River. With over 19 years of fundraising experience, Teresa brings to Puget Soundkeeper a commitment to engaging supporters and working collaboratively to raise funds for a shared passion—protecting the environment.

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Bruce Wishart, Puget Soundkeeper Lobbyist

Bruce works for Puget Soundkeeper as a lobbyist before the State Legislature and regulatory agencies.   Bruce operates a small public affairs firm and has represented environmental groups in Olympia for 34 years. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law where he worked in the Ocean and Coastal Law Center. When he’s not testifying in committee hearings, he enjoys sea kayaking, surfing, and putting lots of miles on his road bike.