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Sunshine on the Board

Posted by Jodi Broughton at Jun 21, 2012 10:17 AM |

On this sunny, second day of summer, we invite you to meet two of our talented and dedicated board of directors, Steve Sundquist and Michel Girard. Steve: “I'm analytical, good at partnering, and have a bias toward action . . . all things that serve a non-profit well.” Michel: “I can walk up to a complete stranger, make them feel comfortable - and then ask for money.” Here's to you!

Sunshine on the Board

Wildlife like this burrowing owl benefit from our hard-working board of directors who keep the Northwest wild. Photographer Paul Raymaker submitted this photo as part of our 2011 photo contest.

Talented, diverse, and dedicated folks serve on Conservation Northwest’s board of directors. This summer we'd like to introduce you to them all. We’ll start with the most recent to join our board, Steve Sundquist and Michel Girard.

Steve Sundquist – awesome analytical action

Steve joined our board just this year, but he’s been a supporter of Conservation Northwest since 1998. Steve hails from Seattle, where he hosted house parties for The Cascades Conservation Partnership and Loomis Forest campaigns.

“Conservation Northwest has a big vision, as well as the reputation and capabilities to bring it to life,” Steve told me. “I’ve supported the organization for some time, and jumped at the chance to join the board.”

Steve Sundquist
Steve Sundquist

Steve worked 22 years at the Russell Investment Group, leading their IT function and National Accounts Group. Since leaving Russell in 2005, he’s applied his skills and energy as a volunteer, including serving one term on the Seattle School Board, serving as church moderator, as well as on the boards of Groundwire, Democrats for Education Reform, and Climate Solutions.

Interestingly, that Conservation Northwest partners with Climate Solutions on climate change as part of the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative.

Says Steve, “I'm analytical, good at partnering, and I have a bias toward action . . . all things that serve a non-profit well.” We think so too!

Steve lives with his wife, Liann, and dog, Brandi, in West Seattle; has two daughters in college; and enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and playing basketball.

Conservation Northwest board vs. staff team, anyone?

Michel Girard – high-quality, high-tech

Michel recently ran Cameron Catering and now operates a management consulting firm. He brings 15 years of high tech and 10 years of small business experience to our board. 

Michel Girard
Michel Girard

Michel joined in 2011 because he believes, “Conservation Northwest has the best combination of staff, leadership, and vision to tackle the complex issues of the day.” 

He says he most enjoys helping businesses run, grow, and thrive. “I’m good at looking at complex problems from a variety of perspectives and coming up with creative solutions.” 

But perhaps his biggest asset on our board is his ability to raise funds. “I can walk up to a complete stranger, make them feel comfortable – and then ask for money.”

Thanks, Michel, we’re counting on you!

While Michel lives in a small house in Seattle now, he lived on the water for a decade. “My true heart lies with the ocean. I love every moment I get to spend out on the water traveling amongst and with the wildlife. And, I love weather. It is probably one of the reasons I love living on a boat – you have to learn to work with Mother Nature.”

We’re glad to have both board members as part of our team, aiming slam dunks for Coast to Rockies' wildlife and habitat!

What do you think it takes to be a good non-profit board member?

 

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