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1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.

David Benson

David is a partner in the Seattle offices of K&L Gates law firm and a leader of the firm’s energy, infrastructure, and resources practice. Before joining K&L Gates, David was a corporate partner at a Seattle law firm where he focused his practice in energy project development and financing. He represents investors and companies developing and financing energy storage and other projects in renewable resources. David also advises companies in commercializing and financing clean energy technology, including energy storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency technologies.

Mariko Blakely

Mariko is a Relationship Manager in the Seattle Commercial Banking Office of Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mariko worked in the nonprofit sector as a Program Manager in Seattle organizing events for the Gates Foundation and the Allen Family Foundation. Before moving to Seattle, she worked to promote supplier diversity programs for women-owned businesses as a Program Manager for the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization in New York. Mariko received her BA from Colorado College and completed her MBA at the University of Washington in 2017.

Gabe Boeckman

Gabe leads external communications for McKinstry, a national construction and energy services firm. Prior to joining McKinstry, he led commercialization and outreach for the CleanTech Alliance and its Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator to facilitate clean technology industry growth and economic development across the Pacific Northwest. Before moving to Seattle, Gabe led communications initiatives for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy deployment and market transformation programs.

Aaron Goldfeder

Aaron was most recently co-founder and CEO of EnergySavvy, which was acquired by Uplight in May 2019. Aaron led nearly $30M of fundraising for EnergySavvy and grew it into an industry leader in clean energy customer engagement and data analytics. Previously he was a technology leader at Microsoft. Aaron is a cited inventor on 11 patents, a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree, and is on the board of directors of the Stroum Jewish Community Center. He earned an MS and BS in mathematics from the University of Washington and Florida, respectively, and lives on Mercer Island with his wife and two children.

Nancy Harmon

Nancy is an Associate Principal and Controller for Mahlum Architects. Mahlum’s practice is heavily weighted in the design of K-12 educational buildings. Previously in her career, she worked as a CPA for both local and national accounting firms. She earned a BA from Washington State University. Nancy raised two daughters in Seattle, actively participating in fundraising and leadership at their schools. She is a lifelong resident of Washington and is committed to doing her part to help preserve its natural beauty.

Taldi Harrison

Taldi oversees REI Co-op’s federal government affairs and policy related philanthropy. Her work focuses on fostering collaborative partnerships with many national non-profits and decision-makers at the federal level to ensure access to and infrastructure for inspiring outdoor recreation opportunities. Taldi serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastrail Partners, the Conservation Alliance, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Technical Advisory Committee. She has an MS in biology and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, mountaineering, and skiing.

Srirup Kumar

Srirup Kumar is Community Engagement Officer at Impact Bioenergy Inc., focused on cooperation and partnerships converting food “waste” into organic plant food and renewable energy for the circular economy. He co-founded Vashon Bioenergy Farm, LLC, North America’s first community-based digester that produces organic renewable natural gas to substitute for fossil fuels and grid energy. He is an inclusive systems thinker who leads Impact Bioenergy in the areas of project development, education, marketing and sales, and the Community Supported Biocycling ® (CSB) program. Srirup earned his BS in management and information systems from Boston University, and his MBA in sustainable business from Presidio Graduate School. He lives with his wife and two tykes in Wallingford.

Grant Nishio

Grant has been part of the Private Wealth Management team at UBS for virtually his entire career. He finds the role of Financial Advisor to be the perfect blend of people, strategy, and business. While the corporate world seems to be trending toward more sustainable practices, Grant is more inspired by the influence that WGS will have on tomorrow’s leaders. Grant received his BS in Management Science with Department Honors from the University of California, San Diego, where he also served as a co-captain of the Men’s Soccer team. To further show his commitment toward always putting his clients first, Grant earned the distinction of Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder. He lives with his wife, Jen, and their two young daughters in Green Lake.

Steve Shestag

Steve is the Director of Environment for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for leading the development of company-wide strategy and policy that shapes the environmental performance of Boeing’s global operations. Steve has over 30 years of experience in environmental policy, compliance, and cleanup and restoration work including various habitat restoration projects. Steve currently serves on the Board of the Pollinator Partnership and International Aerospace Environmental Group. Steve previously served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and on the King County Land Conservation Advisory Board. In his free time, Steve enjoys fly-fishing, mountain biking, and skiing.

Kina Walker-Nisbet

Kina is the Campaign Director at Friends of Waterfront Seattle (Friends). Friends is the non-profit partner to the City of Seattle to operate, program, and fund Seattle’s reimagined central waterfront for all, Waterfront Park. Previously, she served a Major Gifts Officer at Woodland Park Zoo and as the Major Gifts Director at Seattle Academy, where she successfully cultivated and stewarded relationships to support the school’s largest capital campaign. Kina has also worked at The Wilderness Society in Washington DC and at Newman Partners, a political fundraising and consulting firm in Seattle. She is a graduate of Colorado College and completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Duke University. In her free time, Kina is an avid runner, hiker, and outdoors enthusiast. Kina is passionate about organizational missions that focus on providing access, especially for kids, to the outdoors and education.