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.
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.
Alyssa Barton, Clean Water Program Director
Alyssa is a dynamic leader and licensed attorney with over a decade of experience managing successful businesses, programs and projects that achieve positive environmental impacts at a regional scale. She has led numerous successful campaigns improving clean water policy at the state and local level in Washington, including stopping fossil fuel projects, stopping plastic marine debris at its source, and improving stormwater pollution protections. Her current work centers around fostering community, stewardship of the Salish Sea, and local advocacy. In her free time, you can catch her in her community garden, hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, and foraging on the Eastside. Passionate about food justice and supporting local farms, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bellevue Farmers Market.
Katherine Brennan, Attorney
Katherine is thrilled to serve as counsel to Puget Soundkeeper and help protect the Puget Sound waters where she learned to swim, fish, boat, and explore.
Prior to working for Soundkeeper, Katherine helped individuals prepare their estate planning documents and navigate the probate process. Katherine also represented nonprofit organizations in Clean Water Act enforcement and advocated for workers at Hanford Nuclear Site. Katherine holds a J.D. and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law and has served as a board member for the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington.
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.
Blair Englebrecht, Boating Programs and Policy Manager
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.
Gillian Flippo, Stewardship Coordinator
Gillian has always had a passion for protecting water quality and communicating the importance of the environment. Her passion began in Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Gillian graduated from Butler University, with a Bachelors in Science, Technology and Society and now has 3 years of pollution prevention experience. She moved to the PNW in September 2019 to be an AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator with Puget Soundkeeper and now continues her work with PSK as the Stewardship Coordinator. She loves being outside, especially if it’s kayaking on the Sound in search of seals or tide pooling in search of crabs and anemones.
Katelyn Kinn, Senior 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.
Stefani León, Office Manager
Born and raised in Toppenish, Washington, a small town in the Yakima Valley, Stefani has always felt a strong connection with the planet and her passion to protect the water and land eco systems that allow it thrive. After moving to Seattle in 2010 to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Seattle Pacific University, she fell in love with Puget Sound and has since dedicated her life to ensuring clean water for all. As a longtime volunteer and member of Puget Soundkeeper, she brings an intentional dedication to continue supporting the Soundkeeper mission and the office of her fellow staff. When she is not in office, she can be found doing small clean ups along the Sound and capturing the beauty of the earth with her camera. She also enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her boyfriend and her dog, Penny Lane, cuddling at home with her cat Jude, guiding meditations on Insight Timer, and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, Communications Manager
Nicole grew up in Santa Cruz, CA on the beautiful Monterey Bay. She’s a graduate of Hampshire College, where she pursued a self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree in Resource Politics and Dance Performance. Nicole has worked in since lived, worked, and performed in Chicago, Berkeley, New York City, and now, Seattle.
She served as the Communications Director for Clowns Without Borders USA for five years prior to joining Puget Soundkeeper. CWB – USA is a humanitarian aid nonprofit sharing resilience through laughter with communities experiencing the crisis of forced displacement.
Nicole maintains a professional dance career alongside her nonprofit work. Her most recent project is a site-specific performance and experiential walk along the beach at Saltwater Park in Shoreline, WA. This work investigates care and reciprocity with land, air, water, and more-than-human-beings, and is supported by Shoreline Public Art and 4Culture.
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.
James Roubal, Corporate Giving and Events Manager
Growing up on the shores of Lake Erie, James fell in love with aquatic ecosystems. He formerly served as the Program Coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Washington CoastSavers. He raised funds and coordinated beach cleanups in support of NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Olympic National Park, WA’s Four Coastal Treaty Tribes, and WA State Park’s Pacific Coast beaches.
Previously, James spent his time organizing environmental stewardship programs at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, and Seattle Housing Authority, along with researching coastal flood trends at UW’s Institute for Hazard Mitigation. He has earned a Masters of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Administration from The Ohio State University. When James isn’t writing grants, he enjoys trail running with his dog Radar, cycling with his boyfriend, making hiking memories with his 9 siblings and 20 niblings, mental health advocacy, dancing to live music, and camping along the Olympic Coast.
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.
Jessica Ostfeld, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica grew up in Western Washington on the waters of the Puget Sound, and has long had an appreciation for the biodiversity and life-giving qualities of the region’s waterways. As an AmeriCorps member at Puget Soundkeeper, she is thankful to have the opportunity to help protect the waters of the Puget Sound. She also loves meeting new people, so if you see her at an event, don’t feel shy to say “hi!”
Before coming to Puget Soundkeeper, Jessica earned a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Wellesley College. Through coursework and internships, Jessica gained experience in environmental science, policy, history, and education. She is an Albright Fellow and has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including the National Park Service as a Student Conservation Association intern, the University of Strasbourg LIVE Laboratory, and the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative.