Washington Water Trust

Working to restore our state's rivers and streams.

Our Staff

Susan Adams, Executive Director, joined Washington Water Trust in 2004. Susan has over 20 years of executive management, policy development, and negotiation experience with private, public and nonprofit organizations working on natural resource issues. Prior to Washington Water Trust, Susan managed natural resources education, communications and public relations for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. While in Oregon, she also participated in regional water supply planning in collaboration with diverse stakeholders throughout the Portland metropolitan area to ensure sustainable water resources for future generations. Susan's experience includes business development and marketing for Honeywell Marine Systems, United Way and private consulting in both Washington and Oregon. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Business from Michigan State University and has pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington and Antioch University with an emphasis on systems design, leadership and change management. susan@washingtonwatertrust.org 

Jason M Hatch, Project Manager, began working for Washington Water Trust in 2013. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MS in Water Resource Policy and Management from Oregon State University. He brings to WWT more than 20 years of public interest experience, including work with the California League of California Voters, Friends of the River, a graduate project studying the social impacts of small dam removal on the Sprague River in Klamath County, Oregon and most recently with Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project. He was raised in the Six Rivers region of Northern California and enjoys snow-shoeing, trail running, fly-fishing and sea kayaking. jhatch@washingtonwatertrust.org


Greg McLaughlin, Project Manager, came to Washington Water Trust in 2006, continuing a career that has emphasized the development of collaborative, locally-driven conservation projects. At the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Fort Collins, CO, Greg worked alongside agricultural producers to help improve irrigation systems and farm operations via cooperative conservation projects protecting soil, water, and wildlife. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Thailand, he pioneered projects in community forestry, ecotourism, and village handicrafts that promoted resources conservation while also rebuilding local economies. Greg also initiated sustainable land use management pilot projects in Colorado, worked as an environmental planner in rural Missouri, and published research on public participation processes and local solutions to large carnivore conflicts in the Greater Yellowstone region. He has a degree in biology from The Colorado College and an M.S. in Environmental Management with an emphasis on Social Ecology and Community Development from the Yale School of Forestry and Natural Resources. greg@washingtonwatertrust.org

Kristina Ribellia, Project Manager, joined the Washington Water Trust in September 2014. Kristina brings 10 years of experience as a coordinator, facilitator and educator dedicated to better protecting and managing our natural resources in Eastern Washington. During her recent four years with the Yakama Nation, Kristina developed and led internal and interagency working groups to address proposed projects, plans and policies throughout the tribe’s ceded lands, and served on EPA’s Region 10 Tribal Operations Committee. Kristina’s further background with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Grant County Conservation District, and Puget Sound Energy has given her a deep appreciation for the diverse interests, challenges and opportunities that shape restoration efforts in the Columbia Basin. Kristina holds a M.S. in Resource Management and a B.A. in Elementary Education, both from Central Washington University. kristina@washingtonwatertrust.org

Arden Thomas, Project Manager, joined the Washington Water Trust in 2015. Arden became immersed in Yakima Basin water management and fisheries issues working with the Bureau of Reclamation to address Endangered Species Act needs. With Reclamation, she communicated among diverse interests to identify water management and environmental concerns, increase understanding, and identify solutions. Prior to moving to central Washington, Arden coordinated salmon recovery planning and habitat restoration efforts within the Snohomish Basin, where she facilitated a project implementation workgroup and established new partnerships to focus restoration efforts on high priority actions. Arden’s background reflects her diverse interests: she has managed a stream invertebrate monitoring program, conducted rare plant restoration and seed banking, and surveyed birds in western national parks. Arden holds a M.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Washington and B.A. in Biology from Earlham College. For her graduate research she conducted a multidisciplinary study incorporating toxicology, disease ecology, and habitat evaluations to investigate a mass die-off of native freshwater mussels in the Sammamish Watershed. arden@washingtonwatertrust.org

Emily Dick, Project Manager, joined Washington Water Trust in 2017, driven by a love of culture and the outdoors. With a background in community development and fisheries, she is excited to continue her work with WWT finding local solutions to some of Washington's most crucial resource and conservation problems. Most recently, Emily worked in the Upper Columbia Basin conducting field surveys of endangered species for the US Fish and Wildlife Native Fish Program. Before her move west, she spent years as a natural resource advisor in rural Zambia working to advance tilapia production with the Peace Corps. She coordinated several partnerships between local leadership, traditional chiefs, government and private mining industries to generate income, combat malnutrition and educate on conservation practices. She has diverse experience, including wilderness leadership, biodynamic catering and small scale animal husbandry. Emily's studies at Wittenberg University and Duke University's Marine Lab culminated in a thesis focusing on the physiological and genetic processes of photosynthetic sea slugs. emily@washingtonwatertrust.org

Hannah Kennedy, Investments and Partnerships Officer, loves the outdoors. You can regularly find her bird watching, reading about cougars, or hiking in the Olympics. She studied Geography and International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she focused on large carnivore conservation policy and conflict mitigation. In her final year, Hannah conducted a GIS-based habitat suitability assessment for the reintroduction of the Eurasian Lynx to Scotland, where the species' return is currently being debated. Prior to joining WWT, Hannah worked as a development officer advocating for equity in education and as a pastry chef for 8 years. She believes nonprofits should not just survive, but should thrive. Hannah is excited to work with you and other community members to improve and protect the rivers and streams upon which Washington fish, agriculture, businesses, and wildlife all depend. hannah@washingtonwatertrust.org

Raquel Espinosa, Administrative Manager, joined Washington Water Trust to blend her passion for sustainable water use and organizational development into public service. A recent graduate from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where she focused on environmental policy and management, she also has a background in education, consensus-decision making and program management. Her work with the environment and water most recently included administrative support to the SR530 Landslide Commission, collecting data for the Longfellow Creek Salmon study, and restoring habitat at Edmond’s Brackett’s Landing as an EarthCorps Steward. raquel@washingtonwatertrust.org





Travis Gallatin, 2017 Summer Intern, is currently a student at Whitman College, majoring in Geology and Environmental Studies. At Whitman, he has learned extensively about fluvial systems and drainage basins in both their natural and engineered forms. He has also spent time in the field with professors and other students, practicing techniques for stream measurements and profiling. In Environmental Studies classes, Travis has explored rivers and streams through the lens of conservation, studying the effects of dams and flood control structures on anadromous fish, local ecosystems and the people whose lives depend on these rivers. Travis is excited to join WWT in an approach to stream conservation and restoration that pays attention to both the health of aquatic ecosystems and their proximity and integration with human populations.