Washington Water Trust

Working to restore our state's rivers and streams.

Our Staff

Susan Adams, Executive Director, joined the 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.

Chris Czarnecki, Investment and Partnerships Officer, joined the Washington Water Trust in 2019 with a desire to protect Washington's freshwater resources and the fish that he loves to pursue with a fly rod during his free time. He graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University in his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. Since then he has worked for conservation non-profits in Alaska, Nepal, Washington DC and Seattle including eight years of experience with organizations focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development in the mountains of central and south Asia. Most recently, he worked for the Snow Leopard Trust where he served as Government Grants Manager and Project Manager on a Global Environment Facility and United Nations funded project focused on transboundary snow leopard conservation. In addition to fly-fishing in his free time, he enjoys trail running, skiing, paddle-boarding and various hobbies he passionately dives into with middling results. 

Emily Dick, Project Manager, joined the Washington Water Trust in 2017. Driven by a love of local perspectives and the outdoors, Emily works at WWT to find innovative solutions for Washington's most crucial resource and conservation problems. She manages the Dungeness Water Exchange, a successful mitigation program on the Olympic Peninsula that offsets new water-uses with no net impact to aquifers or area streams. Emily is currently developing projects that promote economic and environmental resiliency through innovative agriculture practices. She works to provide water users with tools that respond to current and expected conditions and conserve natural resources for sustained culture, livelihood, and environment. 

Emily holds a B.S. of Biology from Wittenberg University and pursued graduate studies focused on indigenous conservation at Duke University Marine Lab. She brings experience in the Upper Columbia Basin surveying endangered species for the US Fish and Wildlife Native Fish Program and two years as a natural resource advisor in rural Zambia working to advance tilapia production with United States Peace Corps. She brings her extensive experience in Zambia coordinating partnerships between local leadership, traditional chiefs, government and private mining industries to generate income, combat malnutrition and educate on conservation practices to her work in planning processes for sustainable watershed management in basins across Western Washington.

Raquel Espinosa, Administrative Manager, joined the Washington Water Trust in 2016 to blend her passion for sustainable water management and organizational development. She finished her studies at the Evans School analyzing the impact of the Growth Management Act on  King County DOT Transportation Concurrency options while also leading an inclusive Vision/Mission process at a small non-profit. Raquel has over 10 years practice in facilitating consensus-decision making, personnel empowerment, and integrated education. Professional highlights include managing the WWT Dungeness Water Exchange, administrative support to the SR530 Landslide Commission, creek walker for the Longfellow Creek Salmon study, and EarthCorps steward at Edmond’s Brackett’s Landing. Raquel holds an M.P.A. from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance focused on environmental policy and management and a B.S. in Biology from Bates College, Maine. 

Jason M Hatch, Senior Program Manager, Jason began working for the Washington Water Trust in 2013. He oversees the western Washington WWT program to restore flow and develop sustainable water management strategies in basins including the Dungeness, Nooksack, Chehalis, Sammamish and others. He is leading efforts to develop new instream flow tools including recycled water source substitution, natural system storage restoration, watershed services and low water use crops.

He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Water Resource Policy and Management from Oregon State University. He brings to WWT more than 25 years of public interest experience, including work with the Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project, California League of California Voters, Friends of the River, and a graduate project studying the social impacts of small dam removal on the Sprague River in Klamath County, Oregon. He was raised in the Six Rivers region of Northern California and enjoys snow-shoeing, trail running, fly-fishing, sea-kayaking and adventuring with his family. 

Kevin Haydon, Project Manager, joined the Washington Water Trust in 2019 to focus on collaborative solutions for natural resource issues while supporting rural working lands. Kevin works primarily in the Yakima, Wenatchee, and Methow basins. Kevin’s background includes conservation land management, agricultural leasing, grant writing, wildland fire and hazard response, and planning. He received a B.A. with dual majors in Law and Justice, and Sociology, and a M.S. in Resource Management from Central Washington University. With over 8 years of experience in the natural resource sector, Kevin has worked on a diverse portfolio of topics including work with the Center for Spatial Information and Research, Institute for Integrated Energy Studies, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and US Forest Service. Kevin is a lifelong Washingtonian and enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, and hunting.

Greg McLaughlin, Senior Program Manager, came to the 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.

Kristina Ribellia, Project Manager, joined the Washington Water Trust in 2014. Kristina is our lead project manager in the Walla Walla, Okanogan, and White Salmon basins. Kristina works closely with our tribal partners, municipalities, irrigation districts and others to create win-win solutions that restore streamflow and help build vibrant communities. Kristina currently serves on the Walla Walla Bi-State Steering Committee, the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership Policy Advisory Group and Water Resources Panel, the WRIA 49 Watershed Planning Unit’s Technical Advisory Committee and is on the facilitation team for the Methow Watershed Council’s Water 2066 Initiative.  

Kristina holds a B.S. in Education and a M.S. in Resource Management from Central Washington University, where she fell in love with the arid West.  She brings over 12 years of experience addressing some of the most complex natural resource issues in our region, including work with the Yakama Nation, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, Grant Co. Conservation District, and Puget Sound Energy.  Kristina lives in Moses Lake on 10 acres with her husband and daughter, Elianna.