Our Team

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Eileen V. Quigley, Strategic Innovation Director

Eileen V. Quigley directs the Strategic Innovation Program at Climate Solutions, with a focus on identifying and accelerating the pathways to a low-carbon future.  She is an expert in city-led clean energy innovation, who speaks regularly and blogs about how the Northwest is accelerating the clean energy economy. Eileen co-authored Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation, a report on 34 American cities with fewer than 250,000 residents that are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy. She also co-authored Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution, a report on the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, removing carbon pollution, and building resilience to impacts of climate change. She co-writes, ClimateCast, The Week in Clean Energy Solutions.

Eileen's 34-year career spans 26 years building, managing, and working with for-profit and nonprofit corporations and eight years as a magazine and newspaper journalist. Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Eileen served as the President and Executive Director of Qvisory, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the money, work, and health goals of young Americans. From 1997-2003, Eileen ran the Nonprofit Affairs division of RealNetworks, Inc., where she created RealImpact, a web and streaming media design and development consulting service that helped progressive nonprofit organizations use the Internet for social and political change. From 1988-1996, Eileen ran two nonprofit organizations based in Seattle, WA—the Municipal League of King County, which has promoted the civic health of the Puget Sound region for nearly 100 years, and The New Pacific, which published a quarterly magazine of public policy, economics, and culture for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. From 1985-1988, Eileen wrote political, business, and feature stories for the Los Angeles Times from its New York bureau and three weekly columns for the National Journal, a D.C.-based magazine of politics and public policy. 

Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980. She was profiled as an Innovator by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2001.

Elizabeth Willmott, New Energy Cities Program Manager
Elizabeth came to Climate Solutions in September 2011 as project manager for the New Energy Cities program and was promoted to Program Manager in July 2013. From 2009 to 2011, Elizabeth Willmott served as the Senior Program Manager for Economic Recovery at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed performance and accountability tracking for $13.6 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.  These grants and loans funded housing renovation and construction, community development, and homelessness prevention services in America's hardest-hit local economies, while also providing catalytic financial support for green urban development. Prior to her work at HUD, Elizabeth served as climate change program coordinator and Executive Fellow in the office of King County (Washington) Executive Ron Sims.  At King County, she played a lead role in development of the first King County Climate Plan, she organized the county's 2007 Clean Vehicles Now! conference, and she co-authored a guidebook with the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group and ICLEI for local, regional and state governments on how to prepare for climate change impacts.  Elizabeth has written or contributed to numerous other publications, including a World Bank guide on climate change adaptation choices faced by city officials in developing countries, co-written with ICLEI and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Elizabeth is well-traveled throughout the Asia-Pacific region, having lived for extended periods of time in Hawai'i, Hong Kong, and mainland China.  She has a special interest in clean energy opportunities as pathways out of poverty for both US minority communities and disadvantaged populations around the world.  Elizabeth has a double degree in biology and Chinese language from Williams College and a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Seth Zuckerman, Communications Consultant
Seth’s work as a communications consultant for Climate Solutions draws on two parallel strands in his career. For over 20 years, Seth has covered issues of natural resources and the environment as a freelance journalist for numerous publications, including The Nation, Sierra, Orion, Newsweek, and the Christian Science Monitor.  His writing focuses on topics from forestry to salmon and community economic development, with an emphasis on the human aspects of these issues. From 1997 to 2004, Seth was a roving correspondent for Ecotrust’s pioneering online regional news service, Tidepool.org, and served as president and publisher from 2004 to 2006 while Tidepool operated as an independent nonprofit. He is the co-editor and co-author of Salmon Nation: People, Fish, and Our Common Home (Ecotrust, 1999) and author of Saving Our Ancient Forests (Living Planet Press, 1991). From 2006 to 2011, he directed the forestry programs of the Mattole Restoration Council, where his team of seven year-round staff and dozens of seasonal employees and volunteers worked to improve land management in coastal northern California. Seth spearheaded the Mattole Forest Futures Project, which culminated in the approval of a streamlined timber harvest permit for light-touch logging in the Mattole watershed, and was honored with the 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. While at the Mattole Restoration Council, he studied the feasibility of carbon sequestration projects for small family forest holdings, based either on the creation of no-harvest reserves or selective logging plans. Seth also taught environmental journalism for two semesters at Brown University. Seth’s work with Climate Solutions marks a return to his academic roots: he received his A.B. from Stanford in 1983 with an individually designed major in Energy Studies, and went on to earn an M.S. from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group in 1990. His work as Ecotrust’s “circuit rider” was featured as a “job title of the future” in Fast Company magazine in 1999.