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.

 

 

 

Amy Waterman: Green Stormwater Program Manager

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Amy joined Seattle 2030 District in November of 2015 after 20 years in the water resource field both in Seattle and the Northeast. Amy has a Masters from Cornell University in Natural Resource Policy and Management and professional certificates in low impact development and wetland science. For the past 5 years, Amy has been working in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in Seattle, developing a GSI program for Sustainable Seattle and designing a stormwater research/demonstration project at the Port of Seattle that tests the water quality effectiveness of two stormwater techniques with her company, Gealogica LLC.

Amy sees green stormwater approaches such as rain gardens, green roofs, cisterns and permeable pavements as great vehicles to bring natural watershed processes to urban areas.  She is excited by the challenge of finding creative ways to manage stormwater in the District in ways that benefit building owners, the City, King County, residents of Seattle, Puget Sound and all of its inhabitants. She is also excited by working with her colleagues at Seattle 2030 to keep improving the environmental performance of the District and increase the resilience of Seattle.

Amy likes to get out to see natural watersheds in action whenever she can by hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing. While in the city, she runs, gardens and meditates.

Rebecca Sayre: Communications Manager

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Rebecca Sayre joined the Seattle 2030 District team in October of 2015. She brings over 15 years of experience organizing and educating people from varied communities on how to advance sustainability initiatives on both the local and national scale. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and has a passion for sharing stories of  advancements in both urban and rural resource management. 

Rebecca considers Seattle to be an important testing ground for sustainability initiatives that can be replicated around Puget Sound and beyond our region. She is excited for the opportunity to increase the Seattle 2030 District's visibility and networking opportunities. Her goal is to make more people aware of what is possible and to expand opportunities to join the effort to reimagine how cities can interact with the natural environment. She enjoys exploring the rivers and ski areas of the PNW with her boyfiend and their 2 dogs, creating art and spending time with friends and family.

John P. Watson, Seattle 2030 District Affiliate

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John is very pleased to be involved in helping the Seattle business community impact not only their own energy efficiency but also that of the city as a whole.  In his present capacity, John especially enjoys working with smaller, historical buildings, their building owners and tenant businesses and in helping make dramatic improvements in their energy efficiency and sustainability.

Because John recognizes the continuing importance of energy management policy and programs, he has advised and mentored a variety of energy and building professionals. Energy projects with which John has been involved include industrial facilities, municipal buildings, large urban office buildings, high-rise and large retail structures, hospitals and extensive school systems. 

As a fairly recent (10 years) arrival in Washington State, John spends his spare time enjoying the out-of-doors by hiking, golfing, cooking (usually out-of-doors), playing with his wildman Labrador Retriever and exploring all that the state has to offer.