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Recognition for success

Posted by jbroughton at Jan 23, 2013 11:41 AM |

We're fortunate to have several board members who date back to when we were still called the Greater Ecosystem Alliance. Bill Donnelly is one of them, and we salute him here. "Conservation Northwest's science-based and connectivity-focused approach matched my own views of how we should be protecting wild places into the future," said Bill. Bill's passion for conservation had led him to serve on several boards and, most recently, to promote the film about climate change, Chasing Ice. Bill is also an ardent supporter of Conservation Northwest, even including us in his estate plan.

Conservation Northwest is fortunate to have low board and staff turnover. We have several board members who date back to when we were still called Greater Ecosystem Alliance. Bill Donnelly is one of them. We’ve greatly appreciated Bill's dedication and support of our mission, including recently serving as our board treasurer.

Bill started hiking and backpacking when he was 11 years old, and climbing, skiing, and backcountry travel have continued to be a passion. He took the additional step of learning to advocate for those places that he values.

“When I realized that wild places were my responsibility to protect," said Bill, "I joined the Mazamas, and later the Mountaineers, Sierra Club, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund [now EarthJustice], and Washington Environmental Council. In the early '90s I learned of the work of Conservation Northwest and immediately joined."

“Conservation Northwest’s discipline, intelligent application of science, political strategy, economic utility, and impact on the biota are achieved by a talented and dedicated staff of professionals. The result: recognition for success in leading coalitions and engaging unaligned interest groups - all to protect and enhance wild areas across the Pacific Northwest.” - Bill Donnelly

"Conservation Northwest's science-based and connectivity-focused approach matched my own views of how we should be protecting wild places into the future. I knew I’d found a mission I could support - and I intend to sustain my support. Conservation Northwest is even in my estate plan,” said Bill.

Bill is enthusiastic in all he does. Inspired by the movie Chasing Ice (watch the stunning trailer), he dove in with a passion to promote the film and raise awareness about climate change. Bill helped raise the money, arrange private screenings, host the film crew, work on the media strategy, and get the film out to rural communities.

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Bill received his Ph.D in sociology, doing his academic research on the education of environmental professionals, improvement of public schools, juvenile justice, and the media’s portrayal of social movements for Pennsylvania State University, Abt Associates in Cambridge MA, and the University of Washington.

Having worked in the financial services industry since 1983, Bill is now a senior financial advisor with Donnelly Gray Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He brings his financial savvy to our board, along with contacts in media, public relations, and social media and his broad experience on other boards such as Washington Environmental Council, Resource Media, and Basel Action Network

Bill lives on Lake Union with his daughter MacKenzie and enjoys kayaking, cross-country skiing, hiking, rowing, reading, and cooking for friends. Thanks, Bill, for your long-time service to Conservation Northwest.

Meet some of our other board members, profiled in 2012: Jenifer Merkel, Floyd Rogers, Andy Held, Dave Hedrick, Heidi Wills, Steve Sundquist and Michel Girard.
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