Typical of any nonprofit Board of Directors, Washington Wild’s Board provides general strategic vision and high-level management of the organization. Furthermore, as a small but mighty organization of only five staff members, our Board also plays a critical role in adding extra people-power. Central to achieving our mission, we are so fortunate to have such a passionate, creative, and knowledgeable group committed to defending and restoring our wild lands and waters.
Recently, we welcomed two new members to our team—Scott Schuyler and Lyndsay Gordon.
Scott is a member and lifelong resident of the Upper Skagit Tribe; his mother is an Upper Skagit and his late father was Oneida.
He attended Skagit Valley College, The Evergreen State College, and the University of Washington. Serving as the Natural Resources Policy Representative for his Tribe since 1987, Scott has been instrumental in protecting the Skagit River from mining and other destructive activities.
An avid tribal fisher for over 42 years, Scott is also a proud father of four and grandfather of six.
On joining the Board of Directors, Scott spoke about the need for collaboration and how closely his values align with the mission of Washington Wild. “My tribal values of honoring the landscape and all creatures align with the environmental protection work of Washington Wild and looking forward to a brighter future generations. The time is right for me to join the Washington Wild Board because we have to work together to protect what we have and restore what we have lost.”
Lyndsay has a long history with Washington Wild. Starting as a volunteer in 2007, she eventually joined the staff in 2013. Utilizing her experience and industry knowledge gained by working at two different breweries and earning Cicerone Certification, Lyndsay took the reins of the fledgling Brewshed® Alliance. Instrumental to its growth, Lyndsay’s expertise contributed significantly to realizing the vision of the Brewshed®—to bring the conservation and craft brewing industry together to advance our shared interest in protecting clean water sources.
In 2019 she returned to get her Master’s in Public Policy & Governance with a focus on environmental policy and public finance. After graduate school, she started at the Department of Ecology in the Toxics Cleanup Program, where she works to help clean up legacy contamination throughout the state.
Her love of the outdoors started at a young age through hikes, tent trailer camping, backpacking, and a general desire to explore the great outdoors.
(Former) Board President Andrew Escobar imparted one last bit of presidential wisdom, “It’s critically important for us to have board members who have the courage and ability to get things done. I’m confident these two new board members will make important contributions to our ongoing effort to protect our wild lands and waters.” Tom Uniack, Executive Director of Washington Wild highlighted Lyndsay and Scott’s unique qualifications, “they bring many years of diversified experience and expertise to our effort to protect and restore natural resources and wild habitat in the state.”
Please join us in giving Lyndsay and Scott a warm (and wild) welcome!