Meet the Staff

Susan Wickwire: Executive Director

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Susan Wickwire returned to her hometown in 2015 to lead the Seattle 2030 District after working to advance sustainable solutions to address climate change for over 20 years with the federal government in Washington, DC. There, Susan directed three national climate change programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership, the Green Power Partnership, and the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership.  She has seen first-hand how performance benchmarks motivate action and the successes that come out of effective public-private partnerships.

Earlier in her career, Susan managed international climate change projects and was a member of U.S. delegations to the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change both at EPA and the U.S. Department of State.  Through those experiences, she gained a deeper understanding of how to work productively with others who have different values and beliefs and stoked her keen interest in international travel.   Susan has a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a BA in Political Science from Whitman College.


Matthew Combe: Program and Operations Director

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Matthew Combe is the Program and Operations Director of the Seattle 2030 District. Matthew started as a volunteer for the District when it launched in September of 2011. He felt at home immediately, believing that this was where he could make a difference in the world. Since then Matthew has been involved in all aspects of the organization. His biggest achievement has been the 2030 Challenge Pilot Program, which Mayor Jenny Durkan approved in July 2018 and gives a density bonus to buildings making deep green investments in existing buildings.

Matthew previously worked for Aedas architects, in the UK, as a sustainability consultant, overseeing sustainable design of all projects in the office working on commercial office, multi-family and educational buildings.  He has brought that passion for sustainability and the environment to all aspects of work for the District. Matthew has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and the Environment and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design and Environmental Management, both from the University of Portsmouth in the UK. Matthew has been a resident of Seattle for 7 years and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, golf and soccer.




Steven Fry: Green Stormwater Program Manager

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Steven Fry is the Green Stormwater Program Manager for the Seattle 2030 District.  Prior to joining the team, he worked with the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region to increase economic opportunities while protecting the environment in the U.S. and Canada.  Steven has also worked as a financial consultant, specializing in operational strategies for non-profit and for-profit firms. He combines those experiences with his enthusiasm for protecting our water resources to creatively address stormwater issues within the District. Steven holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University. When not in the office, Steven can be found exploring the Cascade and Olympic mountains, riding his bike, or kayaking around Lake Washington. He is also an avid chess player.