Co-founder of Stewardship Partners and chairman of Dylan Bay Companies, Christopher Bayley has been active in the Seattle community for more than 45 years. A Harvard educated lawyer, he has practiced law for private firms and public offices, including King County Prosecuting Attorney. His corporate experience includes Burlington Northern Inc., Glacier Park Company and New Pacific Partners. In 1999, Christopher joined Steven Buri in forming the Resource Action Council, which on January 1, 2002, became Stewardship Partners. His other involvements include the University of Puget Sound, The Bush School, The Seattle Foundation, Corporate Council for the Arts (now ArtsFund), The Nature Conservancy (state and national boards), the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust, the National Association for Olmsted Parks and the Sabre Foundation, the Commerce Bank of Washington and Cle Elum Energy.
Will Hartmann is an entrepreneur, private investor, consultant and advisor to startups. Currently working on a new venture, he was COO of HyBlue, Inc. and a co-founder of Boston-based Breakaway Solutions, an IT consulting firm that went public in 1999. Will also worked for Dell Computer, and has extensive international work and travel experience including projects in Jamaica and Japan. His conservation credentials include work with the Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs, with the Environmental Business Council of Massachusetts, and studying fish habitat and fighting forest fires in the Umatilla National Forest in eastern Oregon.
Mark is a Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience at Microsoft in several key roles including GM Worldwide Partner Sales, GM M&A Integration and GM for the Pacific Northwest. He is currently VP of Channel Partnerships and Sales at Azuqua, a Seattle cloud integration start up with funding from Ignition Partners. Previously Mark spent 6 years in Australia with BNY Mellon running the Australian market. Mark recently completed a 10 year stint as a Board of Trustee of Cascadia Community College which is a State of WA Governor appointment. He is currently on the Cascadia Foundation Board. He and his wife Lynn run a CSA (Foggy Ridge) in the Woodinville area which focuses on Aronia products. Mark and Lynn have 2 children (Katie and Max—who has interned at Stewardship Partners) as well as horses, cows, miniature donkeys, dogs, chickens and ducks.
Kitty Craig is currently Deputy State Director for the national conservation organization, The Wilderness Society, providing strategic direction, program delivery, operations, and fundraising leadership for the Washington state program. Prior to joining The Wilderness Society, she led The Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Vision program, working to protect threatened landscapes through collaborative landscape planning. Kitty has particular expertise in land-use planning with an emphasis in conservation and recreation, as well as national forest management policy, public lands advocacy, and strategic planning. She has a proven track record working successfully with a range of stakeholders to find common ground and develop community solutions. Kitty has a B.A. in History and German from Whitman College and an M.A. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. A Seattle native, Kitty has a deep passion for the outdoors and land conservation. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and getting outside to hike, run, sail and ski with her husband and two children.
Alice Shorett has provided mediation and facilitation services throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 30 years. Alice founded Triangle Associates in 1979 and is a pioneer in the field of environmental and public policy mediation. Her early work included the successful negotiation of the Snohomish River Basin Agreement — the first case in which environmental mediation principles were applied in the United States. Alice is on the national conflict resolution rosters for the U.S. EPA and U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, as well as state mediation rosters in Washington and Oregon.
Bowman Neely is a graduate of New York University, the Art Institute of Chicago (painting) and The University of Montana School of Law. His legal experience includes clerkships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal Magistrate Judge Lief B. Erickson. He is proficient in French and Spanish, worked for Sotheby’s Auction House in New York and for a private dealer, was an artist with exhibits in New York and Los Angeles — and he has experience working on public-private development partnerships, commercial real estate agreements, land use, water rights and renewable energy matters.
Eugene Carlson worked for more than 25 years as a print journalist, primarily with Dow Jones & Co., where he was with The Wall Street Journal’s Washington and New York bureaus and the Asian Wall Street Journal’s bureaus in Manila and Bangkok. Prior to joining Dow Jones, he was United Press International’s senior economics correspondent, also covering national politics. In addition to that work, Eugene worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, was a U.S. Navy shipboard engineering officer during the Vietnam War and press assistant to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1968 presidential campaign. He is currently completing work on a two-year program in landscape design at George Washington University. Eugene’s other involvements include the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, The Edward E. Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center at the University of Washington, and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Cal is a proud Detroit native who cut teeth as a beat writer for the Chicago Tribune. After getting in a lot of trouble for making things up, he switched to advertising. Before co-founding Wexley School for Girls in 2003, he worked on regional, national and international business at small shops like WONGDOODY and global agencies like Foote, Cone and Belding and Publicis Worldwide in both traditional media and the digital space. Cal has worked in every major consumer and trade category on brands like Nike, ESPN, Microsoft, Xbox, T-Mobile, MADD, Coca Cola, The Red Cross, RealNetworks, Amstel Light and NASCAR, to name a few.
His work has been recognized by most every international advertising award show, including Cannes, the Clios, Communication Arts, New York Art Director’s Club and the One Show. He has also judged the Lotus Awards in Vancouver, regional and national ADDYs and the OneScreen Film Festival for One Show, among others. He’s been profiled in numerous national magazines and speaks on social, digital and experiential marketing across the country. As a screenwriter, his films were selected and screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, Slamdance, the Chicago Short Film Festival, Atom Films and the RESFest International Film Festival, among others.
Steven Patneaude joined The Boeing Company in 1997 and has progressed through a number of significant supplier management, manufacturing operations, materials, management, and lean+ production system assignments, including contributions supporting the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 airplane programs. Steven also is a company director. His academic background includes studies in international studies and science studies, as well as the Systems Design and Management Fellowship Program at MIT.
Samantha Neukom is the Chief Strategy Officer for Northbound, where she provides clients a unique depth of experience, perspective and process insights. From east-coast big agency to west coast boutique, Sam has honed her craft to a laser focus. For more than 17 years she has contributed to a wide variety of businesses such as Starwood Hotels, Bank of the West, P&G, Snapple, Odwalla, Tanqueray, Microsoft, Redfin, Pfizer, Tylenol, Lenscrafters, Apptio, NetApp, Thomson Reuters, and Kaiser Permanente.
Richard Fichera is a senior financial leader with MBA and 20+ years of demonstrated success guiding critical finance, operations, and strategic planning functions for multi-billion-dollar business units and product lines. Richard brings incredible experience as the previous CFO & Puget Sound Site Director for Boeing. He recently retired after 38 years at Boeing. Richard has a breadth of experience working on budgeting, leadership and creating and managing strategic partners.