Meet the Staff

Susan Wickwire: Executive Director

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A Seattle native, Susan Wickwire is thrilled to return to the area 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. 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 is where he could make a difference in the world. 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 4 years and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, golf and soccer. He is also a huge Seahawks fan.