Environmental Communication Panels

The Program on the Environment will host Environmental Communication Panels during Winter quarter, in Wallace Hall.  Panels consist of practitioners with expertise in different areas of environmental communication. All are welcome to attend.

The Program on the Environment will host a series of Environmental Communication panels in our commons area of Wallace Hall (3:30-4:50PM).  All are welcome to attend. This event is open to the public, and we encourage students interested in learning about careers in communications, as well as members of the community, to join us.  For those who can’t attend in person, please follow the event on Twitter #Envirocomm2020.

Each panel will consist of practitioners with expertise in a different area of environmental communication. Please see the list of topics below, as well as bios and other information about our panelists.



Ashley Braun – Editor, DeSmogBlog, Science and Environmental Journalist 
Ashley Braun is a Seattle-based freelance science and environmental journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, Popular Science, and Hakai Magazine. She also serves as managing editor for the climate and energy politics and policy news site DeSmog.com and is a fact-checker for several science magazines. Before embarking as a freelancer, Ashley was a science writer and editor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and got her start at the irreverent online environmental news site Grist.org. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in environmental science. You can find her online at ashleybraun.com.

Annelise McGough – Growth and Engagement Editor, Grist
Annelise works as the growth and engagement editor for Grist.org. She was the social media producer for Fast Company for two and a half years. She graduated from The New School with a degree in Journalism + Design and Writing
– Launched the Ask Umbra newsletter and built out the question-asking format for the Umbra program.
– End of year story with responses from our readers
– A series of live chats in partnership with the Peoples Climate Movement

Marisol Morales – Digital Communications Manager, EarthCorps
Before joining EarthCorps, Marisol worked as a Communications and Development Coordinator at Latino Community Fund and Washington Nonprofits. She is excited to apply her ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector and new skills learned in the Digital Technology and Cultures Degree program at Seattle University, connecting families and professionals through digital media tools that are interactive, accessible, and user-friendly. She is currently a part-time graduate student pursuing a Master of Communication in Digital Media degree at the University of Washington. In her spare time, she serves as a board member for echoX, a cross-community and cross-generational initiative that leverages the power and ubiquity of the internet and social media to amplify our region’s ethnic communities’ voices. She continues to pursue her interests and passions in art, technology, and digital communications in hopes of having a lasting positive impact on her community and the environment.



Lynda Mapes – Environmental reporter, Seattle Times

Alison Morrow – Environmental Journalist, Producer, and Host

Bellamy Pailthorp – Environmental reporter, KNKX Public Radio News

Hannah Weinberger – Science & environment Journalist, Crosscut



Tony D’Onofrio – Sustainability Director, Town & Country Markets Inc.
Tony has served as the Sustainability director for Town and Country Markets for more than a decade. He is skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Issues, Sustainable Business, and Volunteer Management. Tony received a MBA focused in Sustainamble Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute – MBA. In his capacity for Town and Country, he promotes, coordinates and documents environmental sustainability efforts, including carbon footprinting, greenhouse gas analysis and waste reduction. Tony also formulates and communicates the company’s stance on sustainability topics and conducts employee sustainability training. He serves as an environmental and sustainability resource for specialists, management, staff and customers. Additionally, Tony assesses market operations and company practices to make recommendations for environmental and sustainability improvements, ranging from energy reduction to product selection.

Jessica McCluney – Principal, McCluney Seafood Strategies
Formerly the Sustainability Director for major North American seafood companies, Jessica now works independently within the seafood industry to help suppliers meet the sustainability requirements of their customers. She has designed and built corporate sustainability policies and communication strategies, and liaises regularly with the NGO community to provide businesses strategic direction and internal program management. She has been closely involved in marine fisheries issues for the past 15 years with both a Masters in Marine Management and practical experience inside multiple types of complex seafood supply chains. Jessica has worked onsite with harvesters, processors, fishing communities, and research institutions across 6 continents in her career span.

Sara Wysocki – Communications Manager, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment

Sara Wysocki is the Communications Manager for the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment. In that role, Sara works with the program managers in her office and throughout the City to build awareness and engagement in Seattle’s environmental programs and initiatives. Sara is also responsible for media relations and is the primary content creator for the department’s website, newsletter, and social media accounts. Sara has also been a child care worker, a waitress, and a worked in a laundromat. While those were paid positions, she still responsible for all those duties (with no extra pay!) as a mother of 2 children. Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater Arts from the University of Puget Sound and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evan’s School of Public Affairs.

Stephanie Mason Sales Coordinator, KAVU

Daniel Holmes Marketing & Content Creator, KAVU
Daniel Holmes grew up in Bothell, WA and now resides in Kenmore, WA. He started filming at a young age and continued that passion by attending film school and starting his career in Los Angeles. After six years working in the film industry he decided to move back to Seattle. For the last 7 years Daniel has applied his film production skill set into Marketing and Design. This led him to local outdoor clothing company, KAVU, where he works today.

Tyler Lee – Marketing Director & Athlete Team Manager, KAVU
Tyler Lee grew up in Bothell and now lives in Ballard. I have slept in all 50 states. I love to play at the park with my kids, Skydive, Stand Up Paddleboard and LOVE to ride the Onewheel.
Mantras; Do more with less and forever fix things with duct tape. Don’t just have dreams, find a way to live them. Passion can’t be stopped.
Education: Western Washington University (2005), Temple University (2009) Messiah College (2006-2009)
Bachelor of Communications/Film (digital video editing) from Messiah College (2009)
Started working at KAVU in 2009.

Current Projects/ Highlights:
-THE RIO CAQUETA – Winner of the 2020 Paddling Film Festival’s Best Whitewater Film Award- https://youtu.be/lYfdiH2mBFY
-OAXACA: Mezcal, Mole and Flying – https://adventure.kavu.com/oaxaca
-LINE OF SIGHT | A Look Into Wingsuit BASE Jumping – https://youtu.be/TcWMZq8-3wI
-KAVU DREAM – https://youtu.be/QcIVS20y7OI

Cool Product Videos:
USA MADE – https://youtu.be/690Uf8gjRwo
The Origin of the Strap Cap – https://youtu.be/I6PenS-Q_cc
The Origin of the Chillba – https://youtu.be/3bMt0TFcvNc
Peak Seeker Chalk Bag – https://youtu.be/IteMOu4IxYc



Meade Krosby – Senior Scientist, Climate Impacts Group, UW
Meade Krosby is a Senior Scientist with the UW Climate Impacts Group, and University Deputy Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Dr. Krosby works closely with natural resource managers in state, federal, and tribal governments to collaboratively understand and address climate impacts on species and ecosystems. Her current work includes climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; large landscape conservation planning for climate resilience; and efforts to build climate adaptation capacity and communities of practice. Dr. Krosby received a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington.

John Meyer – Assoc Director of Science Communications and Special Projects, UW College of the Environment
John Meyer is the associate director of science communication at the College of the Environment.  He has been an advocate for science throughout his career, which includes time as a scientist, policy advisor, and communications professional. With a graduate degree in marine ecology, John has studied the shorelines of the West Coast and the deep sea of New England’s Gulf of Maine, presenting his research at national and international conferences and publishing in the scientific literature. He has worked in a policy-making setting focused primarily on natural resource issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Notably, he helped write and shepherd the 2006 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He has also worked on the communications front at COMPASS, an organization dedicated to helping scientists communicate their work to have broad impact in the wider world. John has spent his last eight years as a member of the communications team at the College of the Environment.

Marjorie Maggie Mooney-Seus – Communications Program Manager, NOAA Fisheries AFSC
Marjorie “Maggie” Mooney-Seus is Communications Program Manager for NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center.  She manages a staff of six, four employees and two contractors, who are responsible for conducting and coordinating constituent relations, education, outreach, publications, graphics department, media relations and web/social media for the center. Before joining the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Maggie served as communications officer for NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Office in Gloucester, MA.

Jim Wharton – Director of Conservation Engagement, The Seattle Aquarium
As Director of Conservation Engagement Jim Wharton oversees the planning, development, implementation, and coordination of a wide range of education programming designed to be inclusive and relevant to all audiences in the Aquarium and throughout the community. As Director he is expected to effectively monitor and evaluate program quality, content and relevance in accordance with the Aquarium mission and national, state, and local education standards. In order to meet education needs and standards he works closely with local and national institutions to develop relevant educational partnerships and offer jointly co-sponsored conservation education programming.