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Nan McKay



Nan McKay is a Governor's appointee to the Commission and is the current chair. She lives in Seattle where she is the Service Corps Director for 501 Commons--recruiting, orienting and supporting volunteers who help build the capacity of nonprofits throughout Washington State. She has her own consulting practice and has worked with nonprofits, foundations and local governments. Nan previously managed the Environmental Sustainability Program for The Russell Family Foundation. From 1985 to 2002, she served three Washington Governors, first as deputy director and executive director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and later as chair of the Puget Sound Action Team. Prior to that, Nan worked for the League of Oregon Cities on issues including land use and growth management, community and economic development, election laws, juvenile justice, jail standards, municipal courts, emergency medical services, and energy policy. She has also worked in the fields of mental health and international relations and as a teacher and journalist. Nan has served on a variety of public and nonprofit boards. She was a founding member of the WA Governor's Council on Environmental Education and of the Association of National Estuary Programs. She is a past president of the Environmental Education Association of Washington and currently chairs the boards of Western Rivers Conservancy, North Cascades Institute and Sustainable Path Foundation.