2019 Bullitt Environmental Prize Winner Announced: Maria Blancas SEATTLE (Oct 9, 2019) – The Bullitt Foundation announced today the winner of the 13th annual Bullitt Environmental Prize, which recognizes young people from varied backgrounds who have overcome adversity and demonstrated the ability to become powerful environmental leaders. The goal of the program is to help broaden and diversify the leadership of the global...


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Rod Brown

Board Chair

Rod Brown has advised decision makers on environmental law in Washington State for more than thirty years. Presently Board Chair of Washington Conservation Voters, Rod also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Environmental Council, a board he first joined in 1986. Most recently Co-Chair of Governor Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce, Rod served on Governor Gregoire’s Committee on Transforming Washington’s Budget and the Governor’s Climate Action Team. He was on the Blue Ribbon Commission for Transportation and has served on the boards of 1000 Friends of Washington (now Futurewise), Northwest Fund for the Environment, and the Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center. Rod also is a director of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest utility and the national leader in renewable energy customers. One of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, in 2010 Rod was named “Seattle Environmental Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. He practices law at the Seattle office of the firm he founded, Cascadia Law Group PLLC.

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Harriet Bullitt

Harriet Bullitt is a multi-talented entrepreneur and long-time supporter of the arts and environmental conservation in the Pacific Northwest. She and her sister assumed leadership of KING Broadcasting Company, founded by their pioneering mother, Dorothy, from the mid-1940’s until sale of the company in 1989. Harriet founded Pacific Northwest Magazine (now Seattle Magazine) and Pacific Search Press. She is the developer, owner and CEO of Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat, which opened in 1995. Reprising her interest in broadcasting, in 1999 Harriet founded KOHO FM radio in Leavenworth, purchased the Lake Chelan station, KOZI, and created the Icicle Broadcasting Company. She founded the Icicle Fund, a charitable foundation supporting the arts and environmental protection in the upper Wenatchee Valley. Harriet has served on many boards, including the Seattle Pacific Science Center, The Nature Conservancy, Reed College, Icicle Creek Music Center, Icicle Creek Watershed Council, and National Audubon.

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Maud Daudon

Maud Daudon joined the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce as interim president & CEO on March 19, 2012. She stepped into this role after six years as president & CEO of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (SNW), a Seattle-based independent, employee-owned, regionally focused investment bank, broker-dealer and asset management firm specializing in debt securities and related businesses. Prior to that, Daudon served as SNW’s managing director of Investment Banking and Municipal Sales and Trading. Before joining SNW in 2002, Daudon served for four years as deputy mayor and chief of staff for the city of Seattle, focusing on overall city strategy, public safety, labor issues, budget, information technology, and personnel. Previous to that, Daudon was the chief financial officer for the Port of Seattle for six years and held other finance-related positions for another two years. As CFO, Daudon was integral in helping the port achieve its financial goals and in completing long-range strategic financial planning. Daudon gained significant experience in public finance by working for six years completing transportation and public works-related bond financings for a national investment banking firm in their New York and Seattle offices. Daudon has been involved with the Chamber for 20 years and served a year-one term as chair of the Chamber from September 2010 to September 2011. In that role, she helped establish the Chamber’s three-year comprehensive plan. As interim president & CEO, she will work with staff and volunteers to ensure the organization’s progress continues unabated until a permanent CEO is selected. Daudon has a Master of Public and Private Management (M.P.P.M.) with emphasis on finance and economic development from Yale University and a B.A. from Hampshire College.

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Mark Edlen

Mark Edlen is Co-Founder and Chairman of Gerding Edlen. He is recognized for his expertise and success in creating sustainable communities in mixed-use commercial, residential, educational and retail developments. For 20 years, Mark led the firm’s vision and growth with the belief that the path to preserving the environment leads directly to a new urban reality, where transformative buildings and quality assets foster communities. In his words, cities are the solution for a growing population. Since 1996, when Mark co-founded the firm with his good friend, Bob Gerding, who died in 2009, Gerding Edlen has grown into a leader of sustainable real estate investment, developing and owning more than 75 LEED certified buildings throughout the Western United States, Boston and Chicago. Gerding Edlen originated the 20-minute living concept and established a set of criteria called Principles of Place—where community plays a pivotal role alongside design and technology in the success of their properties. Mark is committed to developing buildings that attain net-zero energy use and embraces the fundamental philosophy of community that integrates neighborhoods, educational institutions and builds strong business, government and community partnerships. Mark and his wife, Ann are actively involved in the Portland community and are deeply committed to education, healthcare, the arts, sustainability and the built environment. They believe that as engaged citizens we must always be asking, how can we add to our community, what is our responsibility to the livability of the built environment and how can we help less fortunate Oregonians attain their dreams. They share these values with their three grown children, their spouses and two grandchildren. In addition to his role as a trustee for The Bullitt Foundation, Mark is as a member of the Board of Directors for Ecotrust and currently serves on the Portland Development Commission. Mark earned a BS degree and MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon.

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Erim Gomez

Erim Gomez is currently a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University where he helps develop and teach Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology courses. His research interests include: the conservation of endangered species, the ecology and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems, and amphibians and freshwater fish. He has formerly served as Co-Director of Southern Oregon University’s Ecology Center of the Siskiyous, and on the board of Oregon Stewardship, and currently serves on the board of the Society of Northwestern Vertebrate Biology. Erim holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University and Masters in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. In 2011 he was awarded the Patsy Prize (Bullitt Environmental Fellowship) to help fund his research on the conservation of the Palouse Prairie amphibians. He is devoted to encouraging students from under-represented groups to pursue higher education, particularly the sciences. In service to this goal, Erim frequently gives presentations to students and their parents and he often enjoys giving these presentations in Spanish to connect with Latino communities. He also gives educational workshops and he mentors undergraduates in Chicano/Latino student groups and the McNair Scholars program.

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Frank Greer

Frank Greer, the founding partner of GMMB, has more than 35 years of experience in communications and advertising serving major foundations, public interest groups, labor organizations, corporations, and successful candidates for Congress, governor, Senate and the presidency. He has provided counsel and communications services to public interest causes and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and major efforts on education reform and environmental protection. Frank has also provided strategic advice to the campaigns of President Obama, President Clinton, and numerous governor, Senate, and congressional races across the country. Internationally, he assisted with the election of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom in 2007, advised then-presidential candidate Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress in 1993, served as campaign media advisor to Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel in 1990, and assisted Chile’s pro-democracy campaign in 1987. In 1972, Frank was a founder and board member of Amnesty International USA. After attending the University of Maryland, he created and directed the Public Media Center in San Francisco, the nation’s first public interest advertising agency. Frank lives in Seattle with his wife, Stephanie Solien, and their two daughters, Jacqueline and Lillian.

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Lisa Graumlich

Dean Lisa J. Graumlich, Mary Laird Wood Professor, is the inaugural dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. As dean, she leads a College with unparalleled depth and breadth in environmental systems: from the forests to the seas and from the depths of the earth to the edges of the solar system. As a scholar, Graumlich pioneered the use of tree-ring data to understand long-term trends in climate, focusing on the mountains of western North America.

Graumlich has served as a faculty member at University of California-Los Angeles, the director of the University of Arizona’s Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and Montana State University’s Mountain Research Center, as well as executive director of their Big Sky Institute. She received her B.S. in Botany and M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. She was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999 and was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2004. In 2017, she was elected to the American Geophysical Union’s Board of Directors.

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Denis Hayes

As president of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis leads an effort to mold the major cities of Pacific Northwest and British Columbia into models of sustainability for a rapidly urbanizing planet. The Foundation applies ecological principles to the design of healthy, resilient human ecosystems. Under his leadership, the Foundation designed and constructed the Bullitt Center—the world’s greenest office building—which it operates as a commercial enterprise. Denis was the principal national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 and took the event international in 1990. It is now the most-wide-observed secular holiday in the world. As board chair of the international Earth Day Network, Denis is gearing up for the 50th Earth Day anniversary in 2020. Over the years, Hayes has been special assistant to the Governor of Illinois for natural resources and the environment; senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute; adjunct professor of engineering and human biology at Stanford University; Regents’ Professor at the University of California; and a Silicon Valley lawyer at the Cooley firm. Denis has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and at the Bellagio Center in Italy. During the Carter Administration, Hayes was the director of SERI — the nation’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Hayes has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Rachel Carson Medal as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the Global Environmental Facility, the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Commonwealth Club. He has served on dozens of governing boards, including those of Stanford University, the World Resources Institute, the Federation of American Scientists, the Energy Foundation, Children Now, the National Programming Council for Public Television, the American Solar Energy Society, Greenpeace, CERES, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Time magazine selected Hayes as one of its “Heroes of the Planet”. He has been profiled as “Newsmaker of the week” by ABC News and as “Today’s Person in the News” by the New York Times. Denis and his wife, Gail Boyer Hayes, co-authored COWED: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment (WW Norton, 2015).

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Martha Kongsgaard

Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, Calif., to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattle ranchers. Kongsgaard, a lawyer by training, married Peter Goldman in 1988 and collaborated with him to found the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation. The foundation gives grants to a variety of nonprofit environmental, social justice and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, many of which affect Puget Sound. She is a founding board member of IslandWood and additionally currently serves on the boards of the Washington Women’s Foundation, the UW College of the Environment, UW Center for Human Rights, The Bullitt Foundation and the Ruckelshaus Center. Martha has helped lead numerous political and community campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, No on 933, the expansion of IslandWood, the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point, the headquarters of Solid Ground, The Confluence Project, The Campaign for Equal Justice, and the Three Projects/One Community Campaign of the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, among many. Kongsgaard has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and has spoken broadly about philanthropy and the environmental movement to wide and diverse audiences for the past 20 years. She is currently serving as Chair of the Marine Resource Advisory Council which focuses on ocean acidification and chairs the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership, the agency she has been dedicated to since its inception in 2007. She has three grown sons and lives in W. Seattle with her husband Peter Goldman.

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Bill Ruckelshaus

William D. Ruckelshaus is currently a Strategic Director in the Madrona Venture Group, formed in 1999 and a principal in Madrona Investment Group, L.L.C. (MIG), a Seattle based investment company, formed in 1996. He was Chairman/CEO of Browning-Ferris Industries from 1988 to 1995 and Chairman from 1995 to 1999. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 24, 1932, Mr. Ruckelshaus graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and obtained his law degree from Harvard University in 1960. He began a career in law with the Indianapolis firm of Ruckelshaus, Bobbitt and O’Connor in 1960 and was associated with the firm for eight years. In addition, he was Deputy Attorney General of Indiana from 1960 through 1965. He was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives and its majority leader from 1967 to 1969. The President appointed him for the years 1969 and 1970 as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Ruckelshaus became the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s first Administrator when the agency was formed in December 1970, where he served until April 1973. In April 1973 he was appointed acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and in the same year was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice. He resigned from that post rather than fire the Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. From 1974 through 1976, Mr. Ruckelshaus was a senior partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Ruckelshaus Beveridge & Fairbanks. He joined Weyerhaeuser Company in Tacoma, Washington as Senior Vice President for Law and Corporate Affairs from 1976 to 1983 and was responsible for policy setting and coordination of the company’s key external relationships and its legal service functions. In 1983, Mr. Ruckelshaus was appointed by President Reagan as the fifth EPA Administrator until 1985. He served until joining Perkins Coie in 1985, a Seattle based law firm. From July 1997 to July 1998, President Clinton appointed him as the U.S. envoy in the implementing of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and in 1999 he was appointed by Governor Gary Locke as the Chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for the State of Washington and in May, 2007 appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire as Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership. On June, 2001, he was appointed by President Bush as a member of the Commission on Ocean Policy which was created by Congress in 2000, and 2010, Obama Administration established a new leadership Council, co-chaired by Bill and Norman Mineta. On February, 2012, Gov. Gregoire and NOAA Adm. Dr. Jane Lubchenco appointed Bill as co-chair of the Washington Shellfish Initiative Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel. He was formerly on the boards of Isilon Systems, Weyerhaeuser Company, Nordstrom, Inc., Cummins Engine Company, Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Coinstar, Inc., Pharmacia Corporation and Church & Dwight. Currently, he serves on the board of Long Live the Kings, Meridian Institute and The Energy Foundation. He is the founding Director and Board member of the Initiative for Global Development and Chairs the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, a joint effort of the University of Washington and Washington State University to help the state solve problems using collaborative processes. He is a Board Emeritas member of World Resources Institute and the University of Wyoming, Ruckelshaus Center.

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Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students.

Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Today, DreamBox serves more than 3 million K-8 students and over 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2018.

Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.

Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education, and she has been honored as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education and The New York Times featured Jessie in their Corner Office column. Regionally, Jessie has received multiple accolades for her leadership, including, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category, GeekWire’s 2019 Big Tech CEO of the Year award, and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” award.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.