You are here: Home About Us Our Staff

Our Staff

Rein Attemann

Rein Attemann

Puget Sound Advocacy Manager

Now a program of WEC, Rein is WEC's Puget Sound Advocacy Manager. Rein focuses on engaging our members, activists, and public on all things Puget Sound. For the past six years, Rein was the Advocacy Manager at People For Puget Sound, where he: organized the annual lobby day for the environmental community, generating grassroots support during the legislative session; built a diverse stakeholder coalition building on oil spill issues; managed activist, interns and volunteers, and helped garner public support for a strong Action Agenda for the health of Puget sound. As regular visitor to Puget Sound, he moved here in 2004. Two factors drew Rein to the Sound- being a Pisces and his childhood spent on the beaches and salt marshes of Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. San Juan Island's beauty and its archipelago landscape bring solace, calm, and appreciation to him. Plus, he loves picking his own oysters at the Westcott Bay Oyster Farm. When not at work, Rein loves to travel, bike, hike, sail, cook, and sauna in his back yard, all the time with his wife Marcy.

Read more
Maddie Foutch

Maddie Foutch

Aquatic Reserves Project Coordinator

Maddie joined WEC this October. As Project Coordinator for the Aquatic Reserves project, she coordinates the education and engagement of local residents in protections of Puget Sound's most special places, our local Aquatic Reserves. This includes coordinating the design and implementation of science, outreach and technical programs at five locations. A graduate from the University of Washington with majors in Environmental Studies and Business Administration, she has been an active volunteer for Seattle non-profits for a number of years. She previously worked with marketing firm TRAY Creative on marketing and social media projects for clients including several nonprofit organizations. A Seattle native, her interests include cooking (and eating) delicious food, hiking, rock climbing, spending time with her dog Banjo and curling up with a great book.

Read more
Rebecca Ponzio

Rebecca Ponzio

Puget Sound Policy Specialist

Rebecca advances policy for WEC’s People For Puget Sound program. Rebecca has worked to implement and develop environmental policies for over a decade. Most recently, Rebecca worked for five years at the Puget Sound Partnership in its implementation branch. There, she supported partners across the Puget Sound to implement salmon recovery and integrated it into broader efforts to recover Puget Sound. She has a dual master’s degree from the University of Washington in Urban Planning and in Public Administration. When not working, Rebecca loves exploring our waterways and mountains with her husband, cooking, gardening, and hunkering down to read a good novel on the couch.

Read more
Bruce Wishart

Bruce Wishart

Puget Sound Legislative Consultant

Bruce has represented nonprofit environmental groups before the state legislature for 27 years. He served as Lobbyist and Chapter Director for Sierra Club from 1987 until 1999. Following his work at Sierra Club, he was hired by People For Puget Sound as Policy Director, where he worked for the next 12 years. In 2012, he formed a public affairs firm in Olympia which represents several nonprofit environmental organizations. Bruce has extensive experience working on campaigns both inside and outside the legislature, with particular expertise on Puget Sound related issues. He was a leader in the Initiative 97 campaign, which resulted in the Model Toxic Control Act (1989) and he also played a major role in the adoption of Shoreline Management Act regulations (1995). And most recently, he helped pass the Oil Spill Act (2011) and phase out copper brakepads and copper bottom paint on boats (2010). Bruce is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. 1985), where he received an Ocean and Coastal Law Certificate.

Read more
    Mark Powell

    Mark Powell

    Puget Sound Program Director

    Mark directs our Puget Sound program, dedicated to making Puget Sound as healthy as it is beautiful. Mark has a long history in ocean and fish conservation, including nearly a decade leading Ocean Conservancy’s fish conservation efforts and 3 years leading the World Wildlife Fund’s global seafood program based in Switzerland. This has included policy advocacy, public campaigns, business partnerships, litigation, and more, with a focus on ending overfishing and restoring ocean ecosystems to health. He is a marine biologist and his work has taken him from salmon streams to the halls of Congress to fish farms in rural China and Vietnam. He is a northwest native who enjoys our ocean, coasts, rivers, and mountains and he finds Seattle’s seafood to be the best in the world. Just for fun, Mark swam around Bainbridge Island where he lives with his wife and two children and attends a lot of swim meets and soccer matches.

    Read more