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Favorite Place in the Northwest:Olympic Peninsula
Favorite Northwest Animal:Black-tailed deer

Chase Gunnell

Communications Director
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Chase Gunnell directs our communications, media relations and grassroots advocacy campaigns, as well as supporting the strategy and messaging of various conservation programs. Be sure to check out our News UpdatesWild Northwest blog, media coverage archive and monthly E-Newsletter.

Are you a colleague or member of the media looking for a rapid response? You’re welcome to try contacting Chase on his cell phone at 206.465.8591.

Chase was raised in the foothills of the Cascades and on the beaches of Hood Canal, instilled with a passion for fish and wildlife and a sense of responsibility to conserve them. Prior to joining Conservation Northwest in 2014, Chase coordinated outreach for statewide political campaigns, worked on corporate accounts for Starbucks Coffee Company, and spent three years as a lobbyist and public affairs consultant in Seattle and Olympia, supporting Northwest tribes, agencies and foundations. Chase studied Political Science and Communications at Washington State University, where he wrote for the university newspaper and served as a director in student government. He lives in Ballard where he can fish and crab on Puget Sound from his kayak before work. In his volunteer time, Chase has been an active voice on other local conservation issues, including stints on the Board of Directors for the Wild Steelhead Coalition and the Washington Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.