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April Atwood

April Atwood, PhD

Dr. Atwood is currently a member of the marketing faculty at Seattle University, where she is teaching courses in both marketing and sustainability to undergraduate and MBA students and helping to implement a specialty in sustainability for the SU MBA program. She came to SU after a twenty-seven year teaching career with the University of Washington; her teaching spans marketing courses of all kinds, including marketing principles, consumer behavior, brand management, environmental marketing, and marketing for non-profit organizations. April has also been on the faculty of Bainbridge Graduate Institute, an MBA program in Sustainable Business, for the past eight years, where she has become immersed in the study and teaching of the ‘triple bottom line’ approach to thinking about business success. Over the years, she has also consulted with nonprofit organizations and government agencies on marketing, marketing research, and assessment projects; her work includes years of work on a grant from the US National Institutes of Health with the Puget Sound Blood Center as well as work with local and county government agencies and health-care providers and local and regional Unitarian Universalist groups. She is currently serving on the board of trustees for Bainbridge Graduate Institute and East Shore Unitarian Church, as well as for Water for Humans. Her PhD is in marketing and social psychology from The Ohio State University.

Susan Bolton

Susan Bolton, PhD, PE

Dr. Bolton has academic training in ecology, biology, hydrology and civil engineering with masters degrees in both zoology and civil engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Water Resources area from the University Council on Water Resources, and directed an interdisciplinary water center for six years. Dr. Bolton is very active in both the student (as the faculty mentor) and professional chapters of Engineers without Borders-USA and is actively working on water, infrastructure and health-related projects in Ecuador, Bolivia and Ethiopia. Dr. Bolton is a professor of forest resources at the University of Washington. She also manages and runs a 10-week undergraduate course in Costa Rica for University of Washington students that focuses on the interaction of community and environment in sustainable development.

Charlie Cunniff

Charlie Cunniff, MNPL, Board Chair

Charlie Cunniff is the lead for energy efficiency financing and green business development at the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development. Previously, he directed the Seattle Climate Partnership - a City of Seattle business engagement program; was Executive Director at the non-profit Environmental Coalition of South Seattle and was an energy systems consultant in private practice. He holds a BA in Energy Systems from The Evergreen State College and Master’s in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.

Hector Saez

Hector Saez, PhD

Dr. Saez studied economics as an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Rio Piedras and completed his MA and PhD in economics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has taught economics at UMass, the UPR, Wagner College (New York City), the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (Costa Rica), and the University of Vermont. At the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, he teaches Neoclassical and Ecological Economics. He is currently a research faculty with the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University. He is also a staff economist for the Center for Popular Economics. He is particularly interested in cooperation, workplace democracy, and environmental justice. His research focuses on the management of environmental resources and on sustainable rural development initiatives.

Tressie Word

Tressie Word, MS

Tressie Word is a Project Engineer for EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., where she designs and coordinates wastewater treatment, sewer and water distribution projects. She is also an adjunct instructor in environmental engineering at Humboldt State University ( Arcata , California ) and the University of Benito Juarez (Oaxaca , Mexico).

Tressie works to improve environmental conditions in creative, appropriate and elegant ways. Six years of engineering, four years of construction and fabrication, and a lifetime of artistic endeavors propel her to catalyze broad scale change in global health and sanitation, with style.

Tressie is codirector of Coalition of Water, Environment and Health of Oaxaca (CAMSO) that is working with the Appropedia Foundation, the Institute of Nature and Society of Oaxaca, the National Water Commission of Mexico and the Secretary of Health in Oaxaca to continue an ongoing workshop series for community leaders on watershed management and wastewater treatment in the Oaxaca Valley . She is Vice President of the Engineers Without Borders Northcoast Professional Chapter. She is also active on many boards, such as the design board for the Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living.

Tressie earned her BS in Environmental Resources Engineering in 2002 and her MS in International Development Technology in 2006 from Humboldt State University.



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