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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.

Phil Coughlan

Phil leads Herrera Environmental Consultants’ Sustainable Development services team. He helps public agencies and businesses plan, design, permit, and operate a variety of sustainable projects, including renewable energy facilities, recycling, and composting facilities, and habitat and conservation banks. Phil received a Masters in Environmental Policy from UW and a BS in Business from the University of New Hampshire. Phil and his wife Sheila have two kids at Stadium High School in Tacoma.

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.

Steve Shestag

Steve Shestag 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 Major Gifts Officer at Woodland Park Zoo. Previously, she served 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.

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