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 currently serves as Board President and is a founding member of TCAT. His primary role with TCAT is organizing the county-wide greenhouse gas inventory and developing a county-wide clean energy program. He has lived and worked in Thurston County for the past 25 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.
Laurel manages the Central Reservation system for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Prior to moving to public service, Laurel has over 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, leading the Sustainability Pillar team at Sahale Snacks® and creating the social responsibility program and obtaining zero waste certification for the Red Vines® manufacturing facility at American Licorice. She holds an MBA with a specialization in Strategies for Sustainability, contributed to the 2Degrees Network, Network for Business Innovation & Sustainability and Commute Options of Central Oregon, and co-founded the Sustainable Business Leaders group at the Environmental Center in Central Oregon. Laurel currently represents State Parks on the Interagency Committee for State Employed Women and recently joined the Climate Reality Project speakers bureau. Laurel has lived in the Puget Sound area for 5 years.
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.
Lynn Fitz-Hugh, Community Engagement Director
Lynn works on projects to engage the public in creating personal and systemic change to reduce sources of climate change generated in Thurston County, These include managing the Climate Action Coordinating Council and Climate Action Groups, and other projects that support the Thurston Climate mitigation plan and align with significant sources of local GHG as identified in TCAT’s greenhouse gas inventory and described in the book, Drawdown. Lynn founded 350Seattle.org as well as Faith Action Climate Team (FACT).
Samara Almonte, Digital Communications Coordinator
Samara is a recent graduate from Western Washington University, and an alumni of MEChA, the national student organization serving high school and college students of color through self-empowerment and social justice. Through a collective of students and staff members at Huxley College of the Environment, Samara helped establish the first Environmental Justice Minor within the college. Additionally, Samara is the creator and host of Raíces Verdes (Green Roots), a podcast dedicated to validating, archiving and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in connection to the environment. Samara manages the E-newsletter, online calendar of climate-related events, and maintains the TCAT and South Sound Climate Action Convention websites.
Carrie Ziegler, Community Engagement Organizer
Carrie brings with her a wealth of organizing and facilitation skills and creativity with a background in community art, and working with all age groups from middle school through seniors. She previously worked with TCAT to create a mobile art installation called Climate Conversations and is currently working on The Chrysalis Project: Transforming Together. She is working to expand public involvement in TCAT’s Climate Action Groups and its Carbon Free Thurston Campaign, to ensure adoption of a strong Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan by local cities and the county. Carrie can be reached via email at .
Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is currently recruiting for three positions on its volunteer Board of Directors. Serving on the TCAT’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about protecting our region from the worst effects of climate change while promoting clean energy and other solutions which contribute to the vibrancy and health of our communities.
TCAT is committed to increasing the diversity of our representation, and encourage women, non-binary folks, People Of Color, and individuals with diverse abilities to apply. Please submit a cover letter and one-page summary of relevant experience and education to Tom Crawford, Board President, at .
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