Jim Bond joined Washington Water Trust in 2022 bringing with him a wealth of experience in watershed management and landscape restoration through science, partnership, and collaboration. Jim’s career began in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he worked with a conservation district and local watershed council to protect and restore habitat and water quality for native fisheries. He then worked for the state of Montana, developing watershed management plans to address water quality (TMDLs) for streams and rivers throughout western Montana, with a particular focus on sediment and temperature concerns for trout. In 2015, Jim received a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded Bren’s Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship. As a fellow, he examined the use of economic and policy tools in water resource management. Most recently, Jim was the Senior Manager of California Forest Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. There, Jim piloted and administered over $50 million in grant programs, primarily for the US Forest Service, to build opportunities and strategic collaborations for post-wildfire restoration, forest resilience planning and implementation, aquatic organism passage improvements, and species conservation.
Jim is excited to bring his background and expertise to the Pacific Northwest. When not working, he can probably be found fly-fishing, hiking, exploring the neighborhoods of Seattle, watching or listening to baseball, or seeing if he can coax something resembling music out of his guitar. Jim is particularly excited to see (and maybe catch) live salmon and steelhead, and as a born and raised south-sider from Chicago, he looks forward to whenever the White Sox pass through town to play the Mariners.