Kathy Washienko


Kathy earned a BA at Harvard College and an MPH at the University of Michigan, before working as a public health researcher in HIV prevention at the University of Washington. While she's had a longtime commitment to ecological stewardship, she kicked her engagement up several notches after seeing "An Inconvenient Truth." As a Senior Partner for Climate Strategies with DC-based consultancy Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions, she spearheaded an effort to create effective, research-based climate messaging materials ( and helped organize political donors to call for bolder national climate leadership.  She's been a longtime member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, is on the Board of Washington Women for Climate Action Now, served on Seattle’s Green Ribbon Commission, and is a member of Element 8, a clean-tech angel investor group. She co-founded two local "green teams" and personally gathered over 500 signatures to qualify Washington state’s clean energy initiative for the ballot.   She is raising two teenage daughters and, while she'd be doing this work with or without kids, she feels especially committed to it because of them.


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