The vision of TCAT leadership is to create a Thurston County where public and private community actions mitigating climate change are central to a healthy and prosperous future.
Board of Directors
Tom Crawford, President
Tom currently serves as Board President and is a founding member of TCAT. He works closely with TCAT staff on developing and carrying out TCAT programs. He has lived and worked in Thurston County for over 30 years and has over 40 years experience working with community development, education, health, environmental, and transportation organizations. He has provided training on sustainability in Thurston County and throughout the Puget Sound region, with numerous presentations to elected officials. Tom has also worked with Native American communities in the Pacific Northwest and with state transportation agencies nationwide.
Dave joined TCAT in 2014, and his current role is Board Treasurer. After 27 years of service, he retired as Lieutenant with Lacey Fire District Three. His community service includes participation on the Board of Solar Washington for one year and the Tenino City Council for three years. Dave is committed to bringing renewable energy and energy efficiency to low and fixed income residents of Thurston County.
Geoff is the Director of Facility & Technology Services at Providence SW Washington Region where he has oversight for facility, security and medical equipment operations for two hospitals and 34 clinics. Geoff has dedicated his career to developing high performance healthcare facilities – having substantially improved energy efficiency at four major medical facilities in Western Washington. His current focus is on improving sustainability of Providence operations in Southwest Washington. Geoff is a professional engineer licensed in the State of Washington and has certifications in Energy Management and Health Care Facility Management. In 2015, Geoff committed to a “car – free” lifestyle as a means of living out his value of environmental stewardship and personal responsibility for health.
David is a senior project manager with Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries supporting the Division of Occupational Safety and Health through organizational development strategies and practices. His work prior includes two decades of national, regional and local program development and technology integration focused on energy efficiency and conservation. He joined the board in 2019 to support TCAT and through the local community and grassroots activism, encourage and re-enforce the commitment to solving our climate challenges.
Chris van Daalen
Chris has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, along with leadership positions in the Guild’s South Sound Chapter. He has worked with TCAT since its inception in 2009. Chris is a member of the Climate Advisory Workgroup for the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan effort; co-chairs TCAT’s Buildings as Climate Action Group; is a co-founder and regional leader of Shift Zero, the statewide zero carbon building alliance; and is working closely with TCAT’s Carbon Free Thurston Campaign.
Dr. Karen A. Johnson (Dr. J)
Dr. Karen A. Johnson (Dr. J) (she/her) provides expert-level equity and social justice consultation in government, nonprofit, and faith-based markets, and conducts leadership and self-care workshops across the nation. Dr. J lives her legacy by unapologetically championing and preparing others to embrace, emulate, and embed a culture where everyone commits to collectively value, include, hear, and respect each other so that individual and organizational excellence is realized. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, a master’s in public administration, and doctorate in Urban Services.
Dr. J says, “I will work toward liberty and justice for all... until justice rolls down as waters.”