Bart J. Freedman, Program Chair, is a partner with K&L Gates LLP in the area of condemnation. He has assisted local governments with the acquisition of real estate under the threat of eminent domain and through condemnation proceedings. He also has represented property owners in the areas of government condemnation and eminent domain and compulsory purchase.
Robert L. Annear, PhD, PE, is a Senior Principal Engineer with Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience focused on the water quality modeling and watershed modeling for local, state and federal agencies, law firms, and clients in the mining, paper, aviation, hydropower, and water supply sectors. He specializes in environmental permitting at the federal, state, and local levels.
Jonathan M. Cohen is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the insurance coverage practice group. He represents policyholders in obtaining insurance coverage in complex, multiparty disputes involving product liability, product recalls, cyber events, and supply chain issues. He has worked extensively with food, supplements, technology, and consumer product companies.
Robert W. Cromwell, Jr. is Seattle City Light’s Director for Customer Energy Solutions. He is responsible for supporting 130+ employees in field operations, back office functions, and customer assistance programs. He has served in several leadership roles in Power Contracts, Regional Affairs, and Strategic Planning. He championed City Light’s entry into the CAISO Energy Imbalance Market.
David W. Danner was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as chairman of the Utilities and Transportation Commission in February 2013 and re-appointed him in December 2018. He has also been a telecommunications attorney in private practice, counsel to the Washington Senate Energy and Utilities Committee, and senior policy advisor at the Washington State Department of Information Services.
Cody Desautel currently serves as the Natural Resource Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Since 2002 he has worked on the Colville Reservation for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribe as an Inventory Forester and Natural Resource Officer, Forest Engineer, Forester, and Fuels Planner. He also serves as a member of the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee.
Mark Doumit is executive director of the Washington Forest Protection Association, an organization of private forest landowners committed to advancing sustainable forestry. He is a former a Democratic Washington State Senator who represented the 19th District (Cathlamet, Washington). Prior to that he was a State Representative. He vacated his seat to take a job in the private sector in late 2006.
Peter Goldman is Director and managing attorney of the Washington Forest Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm that focuses on enforcing and improving the forestry laws and administrative rules in Washington and Oregon. The Center also works in partnership with conservation organizations to promote sustainable and environmentally protective forest policies.
Paul F. Hessburg, PhD, is a Research Landscape Ecologist with the USDA-Forest Service, PNW Research Station, and Professor at UW-School of Environment & Forest Science and at OSU-College of Forestry. His research explores wildfire and climate change effects on forest dynamics, resilient landscape conditions and their persistence as the climate shifts, and the ecology of forest reburning.
Zach Knight is a co-Founder and the CEO of Blue Forest Conservation, a non-profit creating sustainable financial solutions to meet pressing environmental challenges. Their flagship financial product, the Forest Resilience Bond, deploys private capital to finance forest restoration projects on private and public lands to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Zach started his career in finance at Merrill Lynch.
Mike Kreidler serves as Washington State’s 8th Insurance Commissioner. A former member of congress, he was first elected as insurance commissioner in 2000. Since 2007, he has chaired the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Climate Risk & Resilience Work Group. He led a successful push for insurers to disclose if/how they are preparing for the potential risks associated with climate change.
Rep. Doug LaMalfa has served as the U.S. Representative for California's 1st congressional district since 2013. He is a fourth-generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He is a strong voice for the North State’s agriculture and resources-based economy and for the first district’s farms and businesses. He is also a strong supporter of private property rights.
Chris Moody, PG, RG, is a Principal Geologist at Farallon Consulting LLC. He has over 26 years of experience providing oversight and technical assistance for remedial investigations/feasibility studies, sediment investigations and cleanup, surface and subsurface investigations, and the design and implementation of environmental investigation studies.
Molly Mowery, AICP, is the president of Wildfire Planning International LLC. She dedicates her career to helping communities tackle the growing challenges of land use planning, wildfire, and environmental resilience. With nearly 20 years’ experience, she delivers technical expertise, facilitates collaborative partnerships, manages multi-disciplinary teams, and delivers trainings in the U.S. and Canada.
Representative Dan Newhouse is a lifelong resident of Central Washington and is honored to represent the 4th District in Congress. A third-generation Yakima Valley farmer, Dan brings real-world experience to Congress as a businessman and former state legislator ready to work hard in support of conservative solutions that encourage job creation and economic opportunity in Central Washington.
Katherine Palmquist, PhD, is a Senior Managing Scientist of Ecological & Biological Sciences with Exponent, Inc. She has a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental toxicology, biology, and ecology. She has expertise in ecological risk assessment, natural resource damage assessment at large complex sites, and in assessing the risks of various chemicals to plants, birds, fish, and invertebrates.
Robert M. Smith is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates LLP. He is a member of the environment, land and natural resources practice group. His practice focuses on land use, governmental and regulatory permitting, real estate and shoreline development, aquaculture and fisheries law, and tribal law. He assists clients with complex regulatory, permitting, and enforcement matters.
Murry A. Taylor is a veteran smokejumper for the Bureau of Land Management, US Dept. of Interior and the United States Forest Service, USDA. He fought forest fires for over 33 years and then spent 20 years as a fire lookout for Cal Fire near his home in Northern California. His memoir, “Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper’s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire,” was published in 2000 by Harcourt, Inc.
Ankur K. Tohan is a partner with K&L Gates LLP in the firm’s Environmental, Land and Natural Resources practice. His practice focuses on energy infrastructure, natural resource development, compliance counseling and defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions. He helps clients navigate complex regulatory, permitting, and enforcement matters under a range of environmental statutes.