2020 Bullitt Prize Winner: Patience Malaba 2020 Bullitt Prize Recognizes Environmental Justice Advocate:Award Winner born in Rural Zimbabwe Focuses on Affordable Housing Advocacy in Seattle  SEATTLE – The Bullitt Foundation announced today that it is awarding the 14th annual Bullitt Environmental Prize to Patience Malaba, an environmental justice and affordable housing advocate who immigrated to the United States from Zimbabwe. The...


Bullitt Trustee Erim Gomez Moves to University of Montana Bullitt Trustee and former Bullitt Prize winner Erim Gomez has accepted a position at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, one of the nation's top Wildlife Biology Programs.


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Rod Brown

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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 Gómez is a faculty member in one of the nation’s top Wildlife Biology Programs, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. He is also a past award winner of the Patsy Prize (Bullitt Environmental Fellowship). Gómez used the fellowship to conduct conservation research on Palouse Prairie amphibians in Eastern Washington. He has formerly served as Co-Director of Southern Oregon University’s Ecology Center of the Siskiyous (now the Environmental Resource Center). While at SOU, he co-led an effort to pass a green-tags initiative to offset the university’s carbon footprint. He served on the board of Oregon Stewardship and board of the Society of Northwestern Vertebrate Biology. Gómez holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University and Masters and PhD in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Gómez is a naturalist at heart and thus has eclectic research interests, including the conservation of endangered species, the ecology and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems, and amphibians and freshwater fish.

Gómez is devoted to encouraging students from under-represented groups to pursue higher education, particularly the sciences. In service to this goal, Gómez frequently gives presentations to students and their parents. He often enjoys giving these presentations in Spanish to connect with LatinX communities. He also offers educational workshops and mentors undergraduate LatinX student groups and students from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Gómez hopes to create applied ecological research while helping diversify the conservation and environmental field.


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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 CEO 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 successful commercial enterprise.

Denis was the principal national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, and he took the event international in 1990. It is now the most-widely-observed secular holiday in the world. He is now board chair emeritus of the international Earth Day Network. During the Carter Administration, Hayes was the director of the federal Solar Energy Research Institute—since renamed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Over his career, 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 energy engineering and human biology at Stanford University; Regents’ Professor of Natural Resources at the University of California at Santa Cruz; 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, as well as a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Bosch Foundation.

Hayes has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Ridenhour Courage Prize, an inaugural Green Swan Award, and the Rachel Carson Award as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Environmental Law Institute, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the Global Environmental Facility of the United Nations, 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. In 1999, Time magazine selected Hayes as one of its “Heroes of the Planet.” Life magazine selected him in 1990 as a member of “The Life 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century.”  He has been profiled as “Newsmaker of the week” by ABC News and by the New York Times. Denis wrote Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World (WW Norton, 1977) and, together with his spouse, 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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Rob Peña

Rob Peña is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches architectural design and building science with an emphasis on ecological design and high-performance buildings. He serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator and leads the Design Technology curriculum. Rob works regionally with design teams on the development of high performance and net-zero energy buildings and is helping convene knowledge communities to re-imagine the future of our cities. Rob was an advisory member of the design team for the Bullitt Center, and his research seeks to draw lessons from this groundbreaking high-performance building to inform the future of the built environment.

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Paul Schwer

Paul is an energy geek, an engineer, an educator, and an entrepreneur.

For over 35 years, Paul has been collaborating with architects to design beautiful, high-performance buildings. His projects include high-rises, museums, offices, educational facilities, and labs. Paul’s highest performing projects include the Bullitt Center, the largest commercial Living Building in the world, and the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center. One of his current projects, the Portland Living Building, will be Oregon’s largest and Portland’s first Living Building.  It has recently been cited as “the most important building the city has seen this century.”

As President of PAE since 2004, Paul and his partners successfully run a triple bottom line company. The firm has grown from a staff of 60 in one office to a staff of over 380 in four offices. With 11 consecutive years on the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, PAE has been inducted into the 100 Best Hall of Fame, and continues to receive awards for employee health and well-being as well as prominent engineering and design accolades.

As a thought leader, Paul has spoken extensively throughout the nation at events including Living Future, Verge, Greenbuild, Labs 21, and the New York Academy of Science. He has helped educate the next generation as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and New York University. Paul has also served on national juries to select the best projects in the country for both Engineering News Record (ENR) and the AIA National Committee on the Environment.

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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.