Seattle Audubon Board of Directors / Union Bay Natural Area
Seattle Audubon is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors. They help to accomplish our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive, through a set of shared values that underline our vision of a healthy environment in balance, where people enjoy, respect and care for our urban community.
Our Board of Directors play a vital role in ensuring Seattle Audubon has the strategic direction and necessary resources to create a sustainable community. In addition to their role as at large board members, several serve on committees. We are grateful for their expertise and focus ranging from policy/legal, marketing, management, planning, communications, and community engagement to ensuring financial stability of the organization.
Member at Large
Katie is a long-time conservationist and lover of all things furry and feathery. She spent many hours visiting The Seattle Audubon Nature Shop as a child, hanging out with her grandfather George Johnson, the store’s longtime volunteer manager. Katie currently works as the Education Programs Manager at the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She has over ten years of experience developing, teaching, and managing environmental and humane education programs, and has a passion for creating opportunities for others to connect to their human and natural communities. Katie possesses a graduate certificate in environmental education and a Masters in Education from the University of Washington. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, gardening, and teaching her dog new tricks.
Member at Large
You can often find Chrys in the garden wearing dirty gloves or walking neighborhood trails with her pooch, ready to pause when birds, pollinators and other wildlife make themselves known. She is a seasoned conservation program manager who enjoys initiating and adaptively managing impactful ways to protect the Puget Sound lowland landscapes on which all people, wildlife and plants depend. She has spent 30 years helping others hone and amplify their own stewardship ethic and voices. Chrys has worked as a public servant for numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations, leading programs like the Issaquah Stream Team, Snohomish County Beach Watchers, Promotores del Medio Ambiente and Spartina Watch. She is excited to bring her skills as a social scientist, team leader, educator, and problem-solver to Seattle Audubon, along with a willingness to roll up her sleeves and pitch in where needed.
Member at Large
Anthony is a research scientist at the University of Washington. For the past 20 years, he has helped lead numerous studies on substance use disorder treatment, much of that related to opioid use disorder. More recent work has also focused on firearm injury prevention. In addition to being a community theater actor and avid photographer, Anthony is also an aspiring birder building a portfolio of photos of local birds which he shares with his friends and family. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from Stanford University.
Catherine joined the Seattle Audubon board in January 2020. She is an attorney, specializing in intellectual property law. Catherine moved to Seattle in 1996 due to the abundance of nature in the city and surrounding areas, and sees serving on the Seattle Audubon board as a way to help sustain the natural areas and creatures that she loves.
Jen is a Master Birder and leads field trips with Seattle Audubon. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She has worked at Boeing for over 15 years as a stress engineer, flight controls test director and currently as a Project Manager. In 2016, she took a year off of work to do a WA State Big Year and designed a website www.wabirdyear.com. In her free time, she volunteers for various activities with Seattle Audubon including the Governance Committee. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and biking.
Member at Large
Grace was born in India, lived most of her life in the Caribbean, and now calls Seattle home. Wherever she is, she’s always spent hours admiring the regional birds, which often find their way into her art. It was, in fact, her desire to learn more about the birds she illustrates and be an advocate for conservation that inspired her to volunteer at Seattle Audubon. Grace currently serves on the Equity and Justice Committee and is part of the Equity Project Task Force. When she’s not creating art or staring at beautiful birds, Grace is surrounded by books (and has the bookshelves to prove it!) in her roles as Literary Events Producer for University Book Store and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, as well as reviewer for the e-publication, Shelf Awareness. She looks forward to finding ways to support the mission of the Audubon by blending her love of nature with her love of the arts as well as doing all she can to help champion inclusivity within the conservation community.
Andrew has been building growth strategies using marketing technology for over fifteen years. He is currently the Senior Manager of Creative Operations at Starbucks, where he leads a team responsible for digital content publishing and technical strategy across North America. In his previous role managing email marketing for Teavana, his efforts engaged over two million new customers. He also helps lead Starbucks’ Partners for Sustainability network. He moved to Seattle in 2014, after falling in love with the local flora and fauna, especially the birds. Andrew strongly believes in engaging diverse communities in the effort to protect and renew nature. He was a founding member of Seattle Audubon’s NextGen Advisory Council and recently assisted Seattle Audubon the launch of their new website. Andrew is an avid birder and regularly attends Seattle Audubon neighborhood walks, classes, and the CBC.
Member at Large
Jen is a master birder and long-time supporter of and volunteer for Seattle Audubon. Jen is Managing Director at SEI Huntington Steele, advising her client families on investments and legacy planning. Prior to founding her company, Jen was the Assistant Treasurer at Amazon.com. Jen started her career in corporate treasury roles at the Walt Disney Company and Microsoft Corporation. Community involvement has always been a passion for Jen and she has served in a variety of capacities through the years including as a founding board member of Seattle Summer Search, audit committee member for the YWCA, investment committee member for the Seattle Symphony and the Overlake school, and she currently serves on the board of Island Conservation. Jen has masters and bachelors of science degrees in industrial engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology degree all from Stanford University.
Member at Large
Virb (Amanda Virbitsky) is originally from Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the 2019 Seattle Audubon Master Birder class. She is excited about conservation, and thinks that birds are a great way to get more people outside and to connect them to the natural world. In her work life, she has focused on sustainability as well as the outdoor industry. In addition to serving on the NextGen Council, she is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Equity and Justice Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee, and has volunteered for the Neighborhood Bird Project and the Puget Sound Seabird Survey. When she’s not looking at birds, she’s probably hiking, cooking, or making art.