Advisory Council

Kathy Fletcher is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lifelong advocate for the environment, especially her beloved Salish Sea, from the Southern end of Puget Sound to the Northern extent of the Georgia Strait and beyond. In 1991, she founded People For Puget Sound, which she headed for 20 years. During the 1980s, Kathy chaired the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, a state agency formed to develop a comprehensive plan protect the Sound and Straits.  During the Carter Administration in the 1970s, she served on the White House Domestic Policy Staff, where she handled environmental and natural resource issues.  She has taught environmental policy and nonprofit management at the University of Washington.  Early in her career, she worked for the Environmental Defense Fund and several other environmental organizations.

Annette Frahm has more than 25 years of experience in environmental marketing and communications, working with governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations. She provides a range of marketing communications services through her consulting company, including writing, video, communications strategy and research. Annette worked on green shorelines for the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8) and was publications manager for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority. Annette is passionate about creating a sustainable future for the planet and about sustaining active lives.

Frances Wood is Chair of the Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC). She is a nature writer and artist with a particular interest in connecting people to nature. A WSU Beach Watcher and Shore Steward, she has served as president of Whidbey Audubon. Frances lives on Whidbey Island and recently helped coordinate the MRC’s Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Survey.

Patrick Christie is a Professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In an era of declining ocean resources, his teaching and research explores why marine resource management succeeds or fails. Current research projects focus on communication patterns among Puget Sound scientists, the social and institutional impacts and feasibility of marine ecosystem–based management, marine protected area networks and marine spatial planning, the social and ecological impacts of international environmental policies and the diffusion of conservation fishing technologies within Ecuadorian and Costa Rican fishing communities. Patrick is Editor–in–Chief of the journal Coastal Management and human dimensions content editor for the online Puget Sound Encyclopedia.

Sandra Romero has served as a Thurston County Commissioner since 2009.  She represents the County on a number of Boards and Commissions, the Puget Sound Partnership Salmon Recovery Council and the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound. Commissioner Romero has also worked in Pakistan for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and served for 12 years as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives.

Doug Myers is a marine biologist and “big picture thinker” with experience from the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Alaska and Puget Sound. Doug has worked for government contractors, state agencies and several non–profit organizations.  In Puget Sound, Doug was a habitat specialist for the Puget Sound Action Team, did wetlands policy work for the departments of Ecology and Transportation and served as the senior scientist at People For Puget Sound.  In addition, Doug served as board president of Nisqually Reach Nature Center, launching their successful summer camp program, citizen science efforts and nominating the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve.

Doug is currently the Maryland Senior Scientist for Chesapeake Bay Foundation where he assists state and local governments with implementation of the nation’s largest and most complex water quality blueprint under the Clean Water Act. In joining the Advisory Council, Doug noted his belief that Sound Action’s mission to watchdog the state’s Hydraulic Project Approval is perhaps the most strategic and necessary piece of business he sees from his time working in Puget Sound.

Aundrea McBride is a researcher with the Skagit River System Cooperative, specializing in coastal geomorphology and nearshore ecology as related to salmon recovery and other fisheries resources.  The Skagit River System Cooperative has conducted fisheries research, restoration and resource management for the Swinomish and Sauk–Suiattle Indian Tribes for over 30 years.  Aundrea graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Geology from Western Washington University in 1996. She has worked for the Swinomish Indian Tribe since 1996 and the Skagit River System Cooperative since 2000.  Her projects have included nearshore habitat mapping, geomorphic modeling, climate change vulnerability assessment, community education, shoreline restoration planning, shore armor impacts research, database design and development, and water and sediment quality/toxicology assessment.  She has also co–taught Puget Sound Natural History at Western Washington University with her husband, Peter who is a wildlife biologist.  Aundrea served on the Skagit County MRC from 2001 to 2008, leading projects in geomorphic data collection and restoration planning.