Julie Angell, Operations Director

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Julie started sailing on Portage Bay and Lake Washington at the age of twelve. The next 25 years of sailing with friends and family throughout the Salish Sea instilled a deep appreciation in her for the waters that had become so familiar and cherished. Her passion for spending time on the water led her to Puget Soundkeeper where she joined the team in 2011. As Operations Director, Julie oversees Soundkeeper’s accounting, human resources, and information technology and acts as a key point of contact for program staff. Email Julie

Belle Arenson, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

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Belle is a recent University of Washington graduate with a passion for the environment and the ways people adapt and respond to climate change. She is a former sustainability podcast host at UW Bothell and Cascadia College, and is thrilled to continue working in outreach and engagement to help support local communities and urban cleanups. Belle hopes to expand their knowledge as an environmental advocate and gain valuable hands-on experience through their work with Soundkeeper and AmeriCorps.  Email Belle

Anna Bachmann, Clean Water Program Director

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Director of Clean Water Program 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. Email Anna

Sean Dixon, Soundkeeper & Executive Director

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As Executive Director, Sean works with the entire Soundkeeper staff team, board, and network of community partners, volunteers, and advocates to drive clean water progress across the Puget Sound and its watershed. As an attorney, entrepreneur, and environmental advocate, Sean has worked for years defending communities and ecosystems from pollution, supporting sustainable fisheries, pushing for climate adaptation and mitigation, and fighting for innovative approaches to solving the myriad threats facing our oceans, coasts, and waterways. Before moving to the PNW, Sean worked as an attorney at Hudson Riverkeeper, a local sustainable seafood fishmonger, and, most recently, as Chief of Staff for the Region 1 (New England) office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sean currently serves as the Publications Officer for the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and 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. Email Sean

Kelsey Furman, Associate Attorney

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Kelsey earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis & Clark, she was Managing Editor of Environmental Law, participated in the Earthrise Law Clinic and Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and interned with Center for Sustainable Economy, Tualatin Riverkeepers, Crag Law Center, and Earth Law Center. Because of her commitment to public interest environmental law, Kelsey was awarded a Diehl Environmental Law Fellowship. After graduating, she joined Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild) and Rogue Riverkeepers as their Conservation Fellow, gaining experience with federal environmental legal issues and defending the wild places and rivers of southern Oregon.

She is passionate about clean water and protecting the integrity of the natural world for communities, species, and future generations. Email Kelsey

Emily Gonzalez, Staff Attorney and Director of Law & Policy

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Emily is an attorney with a passion for sustainability. She enjoys working with local communities, public and private organizations, and other stakeholders to understand environmental issues and advocate for sustainable solutions. Emily views clean water as a fundamental component of a network that spans the globe from households to continents; a network to which all cultural, ecological, and industrial processes belong. The Puget Sound is an invaluable portal within that network. 

Emily earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law. She holds a master’s degree in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and earned a certificate in Sustainable Business Solutions from Harvard Business School. Email Emily

Stefani León, Corporate Engagement & Membership Manager

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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. 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, Alice, cuddling at home with her cat Jude, guiding meditations on Insight Timer, and spending time with her wonderful family and friends. Email Stefani

Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, Communications Manager

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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. She is volunteer with the Washington State University Beach Watchers program, serving Snohomish County, and recently completed the DIRT Corps Rainwise training program on green stormwater infrastructure.

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 is also a freelance arts and culture writer, and has been dancing, choreographing, and producing performance events for over a decade. Her work is currently supported by a 4Culture Individual Artist grant and the University of Washington’s Body Space Time residency. Email Nicole

Teresa Nelson, Development Director

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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. Email Teresa

Michael Peñuelas, Lobbyist

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Michael serves as Puget Soundkeeper’s lobbyist before the State Legislature and regulatory agencies. Since 2017, he has worked across the Pacific Northwest as a strategist for environmental groups and Tribes working on climate, clean water, sustainable forestry, and the transition toward a zero waste economy.

Michael also served as the legislative assistant to State Representative Sharon Shewmake (now serving in the State Senate), in whose office he helped craft and pass legislation on a range of environmental matters.

He was born and raised in Seattle and spent much of his childhood on the waters and beaches of the Salish Sea. Michael holds a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management as well as a Bachelors, with Honors, in Earth Systems, both from Stanford University. Email Michael

Amelia Ouellet Rich, Education & Stewardship Coordinator

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Amelia joined Puget Soundkeeper through the Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps program as the Education & Stewardship Coordinator. She hopes to nurture relationships between people, our landscapes, and non-human species, and seeks out spaces of environmental collective action centered around justice and accessibility. Amelia studied at the University of Washington in the Environmental Studies Program, enjoying the domains of Natural History, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Design, and is excited to further develop her education with Puget Soundkeeper. Email Amelia

Aarin Wilde, Education & Stewardship Manager

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Aarin fell in love with the planet growing up in the Midwest, playing in streams, woods, and cornfields. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Indiana University and has published work on tree-ring climate response in urban forests in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. After graduating, he jumped ship to Washington state and never looked back. 

Aarin considers himself to be a jack of all trades and finds joy in collecting new skills and experiences personally and professionally. He has worked with Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia on their Hawaiian dolphin projects, was a naturalist aboard a whale watch vessel in Massachusetts and served as the Education Manager for Foss Waterway Seaport maritime museum in Tacoma, WA. Email Aarin