Shared Knowledge for the Future
Meet the Program co-chairs:
Dr. Katharine Wellman
Dr. Wellman is a senior associate economist with Northern Economics Inc. and has been working in the area of marine environmental economics and its application to management and policy decision making for over 30 years.
She also serves as a social scientist on the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the SeaDoc Society Science Advisory Committee and the Washington Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force. She is based in Seattle.
Washington State Representative Debra Lekanoff is a Mom and a community member of this beautiful place we all call home. She has served as the Swinomish Governmental Affairs Director for the past 16 years and for six years as Chair of an Alaska Native Village Corporation.
Her career has provided her with the opportunity to engage on vast issues and layers of government at international, federal, state, and tribal levels and to work towards our shared vision of clean water for our families and our fish and wildlife.
She is committed to the strength of our communities and believes we all have a role to help this place be sustainable. She says, "we are the people of the Salish Sea, whether we call ourselves environmentalists, business and industry leaders, farmers, fishermen, grandmothers or advocates." As a state representative, she works to protect our natural resources, provide a high-quality education four our children, and to strengthen financial support and stability for our community.
Dr. Brian Riddell
Dr. Riddell is President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Brian worked for 30 years in research and management positions in Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans; where he co-authored Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (2005), and provided science advice to the Pacific Salmon Treaty.
Since joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation (2009), he established the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the research network necessary to undertake this international project.