The staff of Stewardship Partners is highly trained and experienced in the environmental field.
David Burger – Executive Director
David Burger joined Stewardship Partners as executive director in 2000 and brings with him more than 20 years of experience working on community-based salmon recovery and managing nonprofit organizations. David has worked both locally in Puget Sound as executive director for Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, restoring salmon habitat with landowners, and statewide as program manager for People for Salmon building capacity of organizations statewide to engage community citizens in salmon recovery. He knows the importance of working cooperatively with a variety of stakeholders and developing and fostering relationships with private landowners to protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat — while maintaining the economic viability of farms and forest land. As head of Stewardship Partners, David holds a nonprofit seat on the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum and is on the executive committee board for Built Green of King and Pierce counties.
Palmira Figueroa – Development Director
Palmira Figueroa has 15 years of experience working on the development field with local and national non-profit organizations with corporate offices in the Pacific Northwest. Palmira joined Stewardship Partners in supporting our efforts for donor cultivation and outreach. Palmira has been involved with a large number of community-based initiatives that support sustainability, social justice and a healthy planet.
Chris LaPointe – Snoqualmie Stewardship Program Manager
Chris LaPointe brings 15 years experience in project and program management, grant management, public administration and volunteer management to Stewardship Partners. Prior to joining Stewardship Partners he spent 11 years working with EarthCorps’ Volunteer Program in Seattle, WA. Chris also served as the Programs & Project Specialist II/Grants Coordinator with Arizona State Parks in Phoenix, AZ while in graduate school. Chris specializes in partnership development, community outreach, and program/project planning & implementation. His education includes a BS in Environmental Science/Biology from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science in Recreation Resource Management from Arizona State University. Since a young age Chris wanted to lead a life that makes a positive impact on the environment and it’s human and non human inhabitants. He believes working as the Snoqualmie Program Manager will allow him to continue to do just that.
Aaron Clark – Director of Strategic Partnerships
Aaron Clark is an environmental scientist with experience conducting, communicating and applying scientific research for the support of healthy, functioning ecosystems. As the Rain Gardens Program Manager, he focuses on building an interdisciplinary network between communities, policy-makers, businesses, architects, engineers and planners. He received a B.A. in biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington; he worked as an environmental consultant and landscape designer before joining Stewardship Partners. Aaron is driven by a belief in the positive impact that humans can and do have on the environment through restoration and stewardship.
Amelia Bahr – Grants Manager
Amelia Bahr joined the Stewardship Partners team as a Project Associate in September 2015, coming to us with a background in environmental science and environmental conservation education. A New York University graduate, she recently migrated to Seattle from the East Coast with her boyfriend and dog. Amelia is interested in conservation work at local and national levels and loves getting the people around her motivated and excited about making positive and lasting impacts on their surrounding environments. In her spare time, you can find Amelia hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding and always looking for adventures to help her get to know her new home.
Rebecca Sayre – Communications Manager
Rebecca Sayre joined the Stewardship Partners team in 2015. She brings over 15 years’experience organizing and educating people from varied communities on how to advance progressive causes. Rebecca is passionate about connecting people to solutions that improve the land and increase access to local, healthy food and drink. A long-time admirer of the tangible and inclusive programs of Stewardship Partners, she is excited to get to share the organization’s tools and strategies; all designed to help us be better environmental stewards. Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Environmental Policy. In her free time she can be found hiking, dancing, skiing, and white water rafting with her boyfriend and their two dogs.
Emma Vowels – Project Associate – 12,000 Rain Gardens Program
Emma Vowels first became involved with Stewardship Partners in 2012, as an intern through the University of Washington’s College of Environment. For her senior capstone project, she worked on the 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound campaign, and surveyed rain garden owners about effectiveness, maintenance and perceptions of existing rain gardens. Emma is a Seattle native, and enjoys any opportunity to get outside explore the land Stewardship Partners is working to help protect. Emma also has a passion for horses, and works as a riding instructor and horse trainer in Redmond.
Kirby Johnson – Project Associate
Kirby Johnson joined Stewardship Partners in 2015 as a Project Associate. He majored in Medical Anthropology and Geography at UW, with an emphasis in GIS mapping. Kirby enjoys exploring locally, as well as traveling around the world, having visited 40+ countries, and 49 of the 50 US states. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading, baseball, hiking, and spending time with his wife and their rescued hound dog.
Geoff Bough – Habitat Restoration Crew Lead
Geoff Bough joined Stewardship Partners in July of 2012. He is very excited to be an active participant in restoring and preserving the land and wildlife in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley for future generations. Geoff has a passion for travel and has backpacked throughout Southeast Asia and went reef diving in the West Indies. He is also a dj/musician and enjoys listening to and creating all kinds of music. Geoff looks forward to cultivating his skills and knowledge as a restoration technician in hopes to pass the knowledge he has learned down to the next generation. He resides in Samammish, WA with his fiance.
Gavin Walton – Habitat Restoration Technician
Gavin Walton joined Stewardship Partners in 2016 as a Habitat Restoration Technician. He has experience in wilderness management and natural resource protection as a seasonal ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Southwest Colorado. Graduating from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Environmental Science exposed him to conservation on local and regional scales, and eventually he would like to work in international conservation. Gavin can usually be found planning an alpine climb in the Cascades, cycling around Seattle, doing yoga, or seeing live music with friends. He’s excited to be helping restore the Snoqualmie Valley!
Ryan Monahan – Outreach Intern
A recent graduate from Seattle University, Ryan is excited to bring his knowledge and understanding of sustainability and community based activism to his position at Stewardship Partners. Ryan looks forward to growing within the field of community based social activism and helping to promote and establish sustainable methods of consumption and production in our region. Ryan is a native of Washington State growing up in the south Puget Sound, in and around Federal Way and Auburn. He received a degree in Environmental Studies from Seattle University in 2016, and hopes to continue his education in the coming years. In his free time, Ryan enjoys skiing, gardening, spending time with his friends and sampling the region’s finest malted beverages.