Nicole Gutierrez joined the Washington Water Trust in 2020 to help Washington achieve resilient waterways and communities. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology where she spent her undergrad working as a hydrology lab technician investigating nitrogen cycling in intermittent streams. After graduation, she continued to pursue her interest in aquatic systems as a research assistant at the Environmental Protection Agency in Narragansett, RI. There she studied seagrass ecosystems and led projects assessing the impacts of nutrient stress on seagrass species and the carbon sequestration capacities within New England eelgrass meadows. Since moving to Washington in 2018 Nicole has worked for several organizations focusing on environmental management, education, and outreach. As an AmeriCorps member for a Seattle nonprofit, she worked extensively in engaging volunteers in restoration projects within urban forests and wetlands. Currently, Nicole is enrolled in the Wetland Science and Management certificate course at the University of Washington. In her free time, Nicole continues to lead volunteers in restoration events as a Forest Steward with the Green Seattle Partnership and enjoys exploring Washington’s mountains and coastlines.