Council of Advisors
CSI's Council of Advisors is a group of strategic thinkers and top regional innovators who provide high-value advice to CSI's leadership and help the Center grow in capacity and advance its mission.
Anthony L. Buckley
Director of Innovative Partnerships, Washington State Dept. of Transportation, Olympia
Anthony is the Director of Innovative Partnerships for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). During Mr. Buckley's tenure as a public servant he has managed a host of State financing and funding programs. For the State of Oregon, he played a leading role in managing financial components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects for both the transportation and energy sectors. As the Chief Financial Officer for the Oregon Department of Energy he was responsible for one of the Nation's largest energy tax credit programs ($2 billion) as well as the nation's oldest energy lending programs (35-years).
Prior to his assignment with the Department of Energy he served as the debt and investment manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation where he oversaw a $3.5 billion transportation finance portfolio. Prior to his career as a public servant, Mr. Buckley gained 20 years of private sector experience having worked for various corporations in both finance and marketing roles. Anthony earned his B.A. degree in Finance with a minor in Risk Management from Temple University.
Executive Director, Willamette Partnership, Portland
Bobby is the Executive Director for the Willamette Partnership, a nonprofit coalition of business, environmental, and other leaders working to enhance the pace, scope, and effectiveness of restoration in the West. The Partnership specializes in the design and operation of emerging markets and payments for ecosystem services. Ultimately, the Partnership works to change the way people view and value nature, insert that information into investment decisions, and use those relationships to shift the networks needed to achieve conservation at scale.
Bobby has worked on market-based policies for Defenders of Wildlife and the State of California, Clean Water Services—an Oregon water resources utility, and for the Asian International Rivers Center in Yunnan China. He received a Ph.D./M.A. in Urban Studies/Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, and his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. He has a B.A. in Biology and Society with a French Studies minor from Cornell University.
Director, Masters of Environmental Studies Program, The Evergreen State College, Olympia
Kevin is director and faculty member in Evergreen’s Graduate Program on the Environment (granting a Master of Environmental Studies degree), where he teaches history/philosophy of science, environmental history, and writing. After studying biology and philosophy at Reed College (BA, 1993), he worked for several years as a wildlife biologist for Mount Hood National Forest and a reporter for Willamette Week. He completed graduate work in history of science and medicine at the University of Minnesota (PhD, 2002) where he studied the development of scientific theories for late Quaternary disappearance of more than 40 genera of megafauna in the Americas. His current research focuses on the nature of historical thinking in disciplines like ecology, evolutionary biology, and climate science.
Kevin has taught at Evergreen since 2004, where he has collaborated with other faculty to teach a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs. During this time, he also helped design Evergreen’s science curriculum as a planning unit coordinator and worked with Evergreen’s development staff as a faculty member on the Board of Governors.
Rich Hoey, P.E.
Director, Public Works, City of Olympia
Rich is the Public Works Director for the City of Olympia, where he oversees the City’s transportation system and utilities, as well as the City’s fleet and facilities. Rich was appointed to the position in March, 2012.
Rich joined the City of Olympia in 2005 as Director of Water Resources overseeing the City’s Drinking Water, Wastewater and Storm and Surface Water utilities. He was instrumental in developing a number of regional water supply agreements with the Nisqually Indian Tribe and neighboring cities that will long benefit the growing Thurston County region. In 2012, Rich was awarded the National Professional Manager of the Year Award for Water Resources by the American Public Works Association.
Prior to joining the City of Olympia, Rich worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water for 13 years where he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director. Hoey was a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Slovak Republic for two years in the mid-1990s. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Liz Kelly, P.E.
Vice President and Strategic Consultant, CH2M, Seattle
Liz is a Vice President at CH2M. As a Senior Consultant she advises utilities on a wide range of optimization topics including asset management, alternative contracting, technology innovations, project and program management, corporate culture change, and leadership development.
Liz has more than 20 years of experience as a public sector leader in water, wastewater, drainage, and solid waste utilities work. She was instrumental in establishing the asset management culture at Seattle Public Utilities, wherein the utility was able to improve services to customers, save hundreds of millions in capital dollars, millions/year in operations and maintenance expenditures, and ensure that decisions would be made based on life cycle, triple bottom line principles. In addition she was the director of Project Management and Engineering, wherein she improved project and program delivery success while overseeing about 90 engineers and project managers tasked with delivery of a portfolio of projects valued at over $735 M, using various contracting approaches. Liz was also an Executive Sponsor of the Race & Social Justice Change Team at SPU.
Liz has been active on the American Water Works Association Strategic Management Practices Committee, was recently the chair of the Utility Management Conference, and is honored to be a member of the Council of Advisors for the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Seattle
Sandra Kilroy is the Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for the King County Wastewater Treatment Division and served as the Assistant Director for the utility for the past five years. She has 25 years of experience in natural resource management. She is a leader in creating organizational effectiveness, synthesizing complex public policies, and managing change. Within wastewater she has championed the division’s lean revolution and continuous improvement efforts, spearheaded robust workforce development, and supported strategic business planning and capital delivery improvements.
Prior to her work in wastewater she managed King County’s watershed protection and restoration programs including river and floodplain management. Sandra was instrumental in establishing regional funding sources and structure for salmon recovery and flood protection. Sandy also developed the County’s first municipal stormwater permit and water quality compliance program. Along the way, she served a key role in the merger of two governments, creating a new culture, a performance measurement system and other organizational development processes. In all her roles, Sandra supports high performance government, integrated planning and is dedicated to continuous improvement. Sandra has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology and a Masters of Marine Affairs.
Washington State Senator and Adjunct Faculty at Evergreen's MPA Program, former ED of Tulalip Tribe, Marysville, WA
John represents the 38th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate, which includes the Everett, Marysville and Tulalip communities of Snohomish County. John served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1981 after accumulating a great deal of training in computer operations and programming. John worked as a computer technician in the White House from 1982 to 1985. In 1994 he returned to Tulalip to help bring the community into the digital world and build what is now the Quil Ceda Village Business. He is a state and national leader on diverse, important issues involving broadband, alternative energy and K-12 education. John and his wife, Jeannie, make their home in Tulalip. They have three daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Nonprofit consultant, Chair of Northwest Marine Straits Commission, Co-Chair of Sustainable Path Foundation, Seattle
Nan lives in Seattle where she is the Service Corps Director for 501 Commons– recruiting, orienting and supporting volunteers who help build the capacity of nonprofits throughout Washington State. She also has her own consulting practice and has worked with nonprofits, foundations and local governments.
Nan managed the Environmental Sustainability Program for The Russell Family Foundation, including 350 grants to 157 nonprofit organizations. From 1985 to 2002, she served three Washington Governors, first as deputy director and executive director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and later as chair of the Puget Sound Action Team.
Prior to that, Nan worked for Washington local government associations, providing training on energy conservation and helping to develop energy policy and codes. She also worked for the League of Oregon Cities on issues including land use and growth management, community and economic development, election laws, juvenile justice, and energy policy.
Nan has served on and chaired a variety of public and nonprofit boards.
Principal, CollinsWoerman, former Senior Strategic Advisor at City of Seattle
Steve is a Principal for CollinsWoerman in Seattle. He specializes in creating tools and alternative strategies that lead to resilient infrastructure systems for cities and large developments. An expert in water, energy, and urban land use, Steve led creation of the global program called Cities for the Future for the International Water Association. He is currently designing a resilient governmental campus for an American Indian Tribe, collaborating with a Stockholm-based company to develop renewable district energy projects in North American cities, and has authored several studies on resilient strategies for disaster mitigation and recovery.
former Policy Director, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Olympia
Craig retired in 2013 after a 32-year career with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, serving for over half of that time as Director of Policy and Government Relations, and also as Division Manager for Aquatic Resources and Agency Deputy Supervisor for State Upland Management. Earlier, Craig worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle and Washington DC. During his career, Craig worked directly on issues relating to utility corridors, including power, fiber optic, wastewater, and transportation, as well as renewable energy production, forest contributions to stormwater and drinking water management, and climate change.
Craig gained experience leading successful collaborative interest-based problem solving involving a wide range of competing stakeholders, as well as with state and federal legislative processes. In retirement, Craig continues to be active in local natural resource issues as a board member and officer of the Capitol Land Trust, and other community activities.
Policy Advisor, Metro Regional Government, Portland
Noah is a Policy Advisor to the Metro Government for the greater Portland region. He leads the RISE team (Regional Infrastructure Supporting our Economy), working on major projects and polices to advance regional economic outcomes. Some current RISE projects include high capacity transit in the Southwest Corridor, brownfield redevelopment, the Oregon Convention Center Hotel, and Willamette Falls.
Before joining Metro in 2013, Noah worked as Director of International Affairs and Policy Director in two successive mayoral administrations in the City of Portland. In that capacity, he initiated a highly successful partnership with the Brookings Institution and developed one of the first Metro Export Initiatives in the country. He organized mayoral trade missions to four continents, and worked on international recruitment and retention for some of Portland’s leading companies. At various points, Noah was liaison to the bureaus of water, fire, arts, and emergency management.
Previously, Noah served as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, working as an economic attaché in Israel, Yemen, and Washington. Noah has a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts and a BA from the University of Michigan. He is married with two daughters.
Chief of Staff for Commissioner of Public Lands, WA Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia
Ted has many years of experience in public service, most recently as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, and previously as the Director of the Washington Department of Ecology. He brings a lifelong commitment to fostering wise decisions that enhance our quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, from public policy to organizational health to individual growth. Ted has deep experience in strategy development, leadership, organizational health, facilitation, and environmental and public policy. He enjoys bringing people together to find multi-interest solutions to complex challenges. He has often found these solutions to be more durable and achievable than single-interest pursuits that create winners and losers. Our understanding of how systems, organizations and individuals function and interact has never been greater. This understanding offers unprecedented opportunity for transformative growth in leaders, organizations and systems. By applying the right tools and wisdom to today’s challenges, Ted is committed to helping people expand their capacity to succeed — as leaders, organizations or across complex systems.
Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, New York City
Pam Elardo joined the New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT) in May 2016. DEP is responsible for the largest municipal wastewater utility in North America, protecting public health and the environment for over 8.5 million customers primarily through operating and maintaining 14 wastewater treatment plants and associated facilities. BWT has an annual operating budget of over $387 million and 1,800 employees.
Pam brings a wealth of experience in wide range of wastewater management issues. Prior to coming to New York City, she was the director of the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), one of the largest public wastewater utilities on the U.S. west coast in the Metropolitan Seattle area. Previous experience included implementing the Clean Water Act regulations with the Washington State Department of Ecology and working in the water and sanitation sector as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.
Pam has also been engaged internationally on water and sanitation issues with Asia Development Bank, the World Bank, the Living Earth Institute (LEI), and other non-profit organizations.
Pam holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Group IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.
Former Office of Sustainability and Innovation Supervisor at King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, Seattle
Sarah is the Office of Sustainability and Innovation Supervisor at King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), one of the largest public wastewater utilities on the west coast. WTD protects water quality and prevents water pollution by providing wastewater treatment to 17 cities and 17 local sewer utilities serving about 1.6 million people, including most urban areas of King County and parts of south Snohomish County and northeast Pierce County. The Office of Sustainability and Innovation includes three utility-wide programs: Energy, Sustainability and Technology Assessment & Innovation. This office also promotes and tracks WTD’s actions and goals for responding to climate change.
Prior to joining WTD in 2012, Sarah ran the Regional Partnerships Unit at King County’s Water and Land Resources Division where she oversaw programs and inter-jurisdictional services including salmon recovery, groundwater protection and ecological restoration & stewardship. Additionally, Sarah has public and non-profit experience working in various water infrastructure arenas: water supply, stormwater, watershed management, flood control and instream flow improvement. Sarah holds an MUP in Water Resources Management from the University of Washington and a BA in Urban and Environmental Planning from Evergreen.