Board Member Profiles
Nancy Biery lives in Clallam County where she is able to enjoy the many fruits of salmon restoration projects that she cares so deeply about. She runs her own political consulting and public relations firm and has demonstrated success, winning more than 25 campaigns in Washington State and Hawaii. Ms. Biery served as director of external affairs for former Governor Gary Locke and worked again with him as a special advisor when he was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. She was the state director of outreach for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Ms. Biery was vice president of the California-based Petro Systems Pacific, where she ran the daily operations of that small environmental engineering firm before her entry into politics. She lived in Hawaii, where she served as a Community Development Block Grant coordinator and was responsible for $20 million in federal housing funding. She also served on the Maui Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Maui Business and the Environment Conference Steering Committee, and was chair of the Maui Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee. Ms. Biery is a former member of the Executive Ethics Board, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Community Development Citizens Advisory Board to the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Irvine. Term runs July 16, 2015 to July 15, 2019.
Jeff Breckel, Longview, has extensive experience in salmon recovery and natural resource issues. He retired in 2016 after serving for 18 years as the executive director of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board. While there, he led the board from its inception, through writing the first salmon recovery plan in Washington to be federally approved, to seeing that same plan implemented. Before leading the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Mr. Breckel served as a nuclear waste policy advisor for the Governor’s Office and Washington State Department of Ecology. Previous to that, he was the executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, which protects the unique scenic, natural, historical, and cultural features of the Columbia River Gorge. He came to the commission after serving in the Navy, where he earned rank of lieutenant. He received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Term runs October 31, 2016 to December July 15, 2017.
Bob Bugert, Wenatchee, is the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Partnerships director, and was that nonprofit’s executive director for the previous 9 years. Before joining the land trust, Mr. Bugert was the eastern Washington regional coordinator for the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office for 10 years where his principle duties were to engage tribes and local governments in the formation of regional salmon recovery organizations, and to support the Salmon Recovery Funding Board during its initial years. Mr. Bugert worked for 3 years with the Mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts in the formation of The Tributary Fund, an innovative mechanism to provide $50 million in grants for salmon habitat protection and restoration as a part of the districts’ Habitat Conservation Plan. Mr. Bugert also spent 10 years working on habitat and hatchery programs in eastern Washington for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Currently, Mr. Bugert serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, the Washington Association of Land Trusts, and The Icicle Fund. He has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University, a master’s degree in fisheries resources from the University of Idaho, and is a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program. Term runs from August 5, 2013 to July 15, 2017.
Phil Rockefeller, of Bainbridge Island, is a former member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and a former Washington State Senator. Among his legislative accomplishments are the 2007 bill creating the Puget Sound Partnership, a unique state agency dedicated to the protection and recovery of Puget Sound; and legislation enacted in 2011 which transitions Washington State from coal-based power production at the TransAlta facility in Centralia. He also has been one of the strongest advocates of renewable energy investment, fish and wildlife protection, and development of state and local adaptation strategies to address impacts of climate change. His previous work includes service in the U.S. Air Force, federal employment with the U.S. House of Representatives, and various federal agencies in the Pacific Northwest, as well as four years as assistant to former Governor John Spellman. Before his appointment to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, he served 13 years in the Washington State Legislature where he chaired the Senate Environment, Water & Energy Committee. Mr. Rockefeller received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Harvard. He and his wife have three daughters and two granddaughters. They live on Bainbridge Island, and spend much of their free time in their community garden where they grow food to donate to the local food bank. Term runs from August 4, 2015 to July 15, 2019.
David Troutt, of Dupont, has served as the natural resources director for the Nisqually Indian Tribe since 1987. He heads a diverse department comprised of salmon harvest management, two large salmon hatcheries, shellfish management, data operations, environmental management, wildlife management, legal, administration, and budget development and monitoring. He also serves as chair of the Nisqually River Council and president of the Nisqually River Foundation. Mr. Troutt also has served on the Washington Biodiversity Council, the Executive Committee of the Tri-County Response to the Endangered Species Act, the Development Committee of the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound, the Steering Committee for the Hatchery Reform Project, and as a voting member of the Resource Advisory Committee for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Mr. Troutt received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington School of Fisheries. Term runs from July 21, 2014 to July 15, 2018.