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Catalyst for habitat

Posted by jbroughton at Aug 06, 2012 05:22 PM |
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Today, in the second of a series on our Conservation Northwest board members, I’d like you to meet our current board president, Heidi Wills. I love that Heidi begins each of our board meetings, held in person four times a year in Seattle, with a series of questions based on Mitch Friedman’s latest report to the board. The board member with the right answer gets a chocolate bar! “I joined the board because protecting our environment, wild lands, and biodiversity are among my strongest passions. I also deeply respect the reputation of Conservation Northwest and its effectiveness, with the Loomis Forest Project being a remarkable achievement,” said Heidi.

Catalyst for habitat

Heidi Wills with her children. "Respect for all creatures is one of our core family values."

As a non-profit organization, Conservation Northwest is run by a board of directors. We’re fortunate and proud to have such a talented and dedicated group of individuals donating their time and expertise to achieve our mission of keeping the Northwest wild.

Today, I’d like you to meet our current board president, Heidi Wills. I love that Heidi begins each of our board meetings, held in person four times a year in Seattle, with a series of questions based on Mitch Friedman’s latest report to the board. The board member with the right answer gets a chocolate bar!

Heidi moved from beautiful big sky Montana to Seattle in 1983 and graduated from the University of Washington with an interdisciplinary degree in the history of science, technology, and medicine.

"I know the importance Conservation Northwest plays in building partnerships and being a catalyst behind preserving our most critical habitats.”

“I joined the board because protecting our environment, wild lands, and biodiversity are among my strongest passions. I also deeply respect the reputation of Conservation Northwest and its effectiveness, with the Loomis Forest Project being a remarkable achievement,” said Heidi.

“From the vantage point I had as a staff member at King County and as a council member for the City of Seattle, I know the importance Conservation Northwest plays in building partnerships and being a catalyst behind preserving our most critical habitats. I also deeply respect Conservation Northwest’s reputation and its effectiveness in achieving its mission.” 

Heidi Wills manages a local non-profit that serves disadvantaged children where she received the 2007 Chairman’s Award, recognized as one of the top executive directors in The First Tee network of 200 chapters. Heidi has served on the boards of Transportation Choices Coalition, Climate Solutions, and Seattle Seafair. Heidi enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, running, and hiking and lives with her husband Kobi Yamada, CEO of Compendium Incorporated, and their two children in Fremont.

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