Board of Directors
Steve Anderson, President
Steve Anderson is Vice President of Brown & Caldwell, an environmental and engineering consulting firm in Seattle. A water resource engineer with years of stream restoration experience, Steve was among the earliest graduating classes of Seattle University’s groundbreaking Not-For-Profit Leadership Program. He also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford University.
Molly Adolfson, Vice-President
Molly Adolfson is Senior Vice President of ESA Adolfson, a Seattle-based consulting firm specializing in natural resource management, planning, and environmental evaluations in the Pacific Northwest. Molly has more than 30 years of experience evaluating water and natural resource issues. Molly is also on the Associate Board of Huxley College.
Carl Mundt, Treasurer
Carl Mundt is the former Chairman of American Seafoods Company, a multi-national group of industrial firms including the world’s largest commercial fishing companies, Norway’s second largest shipyard, real estate companies and sporting goods entities. Carl currently operates Estancia Buenaventura, a corn and soybean farm in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. Carl holds undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University and a master’s degree in fisheries from the University of Washington.
Jim Anderson, Secretary
Jim Anderson served as Executive Director of the NWIFC from 1985-2004. Since 2005, he has served as the Executive Advisor at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC). Mr. Anderson has been keenly involved in many statewide natural resource policy matters for the past twenty-five years. He was a founding member of the Timber Fish Wildlife Policy Group, Water Resource Forum, Shared Salmon Strategy, and Hatchery Reform Coordinating Committee. He is also widely experienced in state and federal budget, appropriation, and legislative processes.
Alec Brindle is Chairman of the Board of Wards Cove Packing Company, a family owned commercial fishing company which has been engaged in the fisheries of Alaska for over eighty years. Alec holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a law degree from the University of Washington and a business degree from Oxford University.
Dave Herrera is a member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe where he works as a Fisheries Policy Representative. Dave has worked for the Skokomish Tribe, the Point No Point Treaty Council and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission on fisheries management, protection and restoration issues for over 25 years. Dave has focused on fisheries, shellfish, wildlife and habitat policy issues for the past five years, and is a member of the Washington Forest Practices Board, and a Board member of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. Dave also serves on the Puget Sound Partnership’s Ecosystems Coordination Board and chairs the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission’s Environmental Policy Committee.
Jim Kramer is a consultant and Northwest leader in natural resources, organizational development and mediation with 30 years of experience in environmental issues, public policy and finance, and private sector incentive-based programs. He created and managed the King County Surface Water Management Division, which grew to a staff of 350 employees with an annual budget of over $25 million. Since 1997, he has worked as a consultant and director of a nonprofit organization, helping to create the statewide Salmon Recovery Funding Board and serving as Executive Director of the Shared Strategy, which managed the development of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan with the involvement of 14 watersheds and several hundred stakeholders. In 2006, Jim was co-manager of the Governor’s original Puget Sound Partnership, which worked successfully with the State Legislature to create a new state agency and governance structure for Puget Sound recovery.
Samuel W. (Billy) Plauché
Billy Plauché is a founding partner at Plauché & Carr LLP, an environmental and land use law firm focusing on natural resource, marine, and shoreline issues. Billy assists clients with strategic planning, project permitting, regulatory compliance, natural resource damage assessments, and enforcement matters under a variety of federal and state environmental statutes. Billy’s experience includes serving as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section. Billy holds undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University.
Bill Taylor is Vice President of Taylor Shellfish Company, the largest shellfish grower on the Pacific West Coast with shellfish operations in Puget Sound, Oregon, Hawaii, Mexico and Fiji. Bill is a fourth generation shellfish farmer. He was also a member of Governor Christine Gregoire’s Puget Sound Partnership, a committee appointed in 2006 to develop a vision for Puget Sound and outline the steps needed to reach a sustainable Puget Sound by 2020.
Thomas J. Lucas
Thomas J. Lucas is a lawyer in Seattle whose private practice is focused almost exclusively on working with the Matthew N. Clapp Jr. family. Tom has long been active in Washington Trails and Issaquah Alps Trails Club, the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and various committees for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Along with assisting other nonprofit ventures, Tom formed and currently serves as a Trustee for the Spring Family Trails Foundation and is working actively with PLAN International on microlending and other special projects in Ecuador.
Ralph Munro has had a distinguished reputation and career in Washington State Government. He served as Secretary of State 1980-2001. Although he claimed to be retiring from public service at the time, it appears rather that he stepped up the pace and breadth of his public service. He is a leader in environmental efforts and an advocate for the orcas of Puget Sound. In both his official and private lives, he has been involved in many efforts to improve the lives of developmentally disabled children and eliminate polio on the African continent. Ralph has received many awards for his civic, humanitarian and community efforts. Most recently, he received the 2008 C. Davis Award for outstanding civic leadership from the Association of Washington Businesses.