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Elsa Schwartz


Elsa Schwartz is the Island MRC representative to the Commission. She resides on Camano Island, and is the Senior Director of Restoration, for Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), a national nonprofit organization established in 1995 as an alliance of 11 community-based conservation organizations working to protect and restore the vital habitats of our nation’s estuaries. Prior to RAE, Elsa worked in the San Juan Islands for the Samish Indian Nation, on a variety of projects from salmon restoration to shoreline stabilization. Elsa is also an Instructor of Marine Science at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, and is a member of The Coastal Society and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. She received a Masters of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific Lutheran University. Elsa, along with her husband and dog, loves living the island life and especially enjoys crabbing and boating and wants to do her part to protect and restore the marine life and habitats of Island County.