Staff Members

Melinda Hughes, Executive Director

Melinda is TCAT's first Executive Director and as such is responsible for the daily operations of the organization as well as fundraising. With over 25 years of working on various environmental issues for organizations including the National Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI) and as a cofounder of Nature Abounds, Melinda has been heavily involved with climate change awareness, adaptation, and mitigation and is also a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Melinda holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master's of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and is also an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus.

Lynn Fitz-Hugh (She/Her) , Program 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 350 Seattle as well as Faith Action Climate Team (FACT).

Alice Grendon (Name/Fae/Faer), Digital Communications Coordinator

Alice is a graduate of Hampshire College where fae studied a huge range of topics from dance to environmental justice to sustainable agriculture. Alice has a background in agriculture, working for many years on organic farms and permaculture homesteads. Alice is a co-founder of the Sugar Shack Alliance and has spent the last 10 years involved in the climate justice movement as a facilitator, direct action trainer, and organizer. At TCAT Alice manages the E-newsletter, our social media channels, the online calendar of climate-related events, and maintains the TCAT and South Sound Climate Action Convention website, and facilitates the Food and Agriculture Action Group. Alice is also a modern/contemporary dancer making experiential performance pieces and dance films about connection to environment and place under the name Growing Wildhearted and the founding director of Connect the Commons a resource sharing and mutual-aid platform. 

Carrie Ziegler (She/Her), Community Engagement Organizer and Lead Artist

Carrie brings with her a wealth of creativity, organizing and facilitation skills, with a background in collaborative art. She loves working with all ages, from elementary school through seniors. Since joining TCAT as staff, Carrie facilitated The Chrysalis Project: Transforming Together and the Climate Justice Mural Project, both influential Art in Action Projects. She facilitates TCAT’s Transportation Action Group and is kicking off a new Art in Action group, focused on creating change through collaborative art. Check out Carrie’s artist website, to learn more about the variety of projects Carrie works on.