Our Team

Who We Are

Stephen Kropp

Executive Director

Stephen Kropp has worked as a project coordinator, water resources engineer, forest hydrologist, and private consultant in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years.  He earned his BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's degree in Public Administration at the University of Washington in Seattle.  As a graduate and post-graduate research assistant, he worked in cooperation with Columbia Basin Research, and the UW College of Forest Resources on a wide variety of research projects.  While working for the BLM in Oregon, he developed an intense interest in plant taxonomy and community ecology.  His passion for forest ecology and conservation began as a young child living near the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and continues to fuel his desire to conserve our shared natural heritage.

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Brel Froebe

Media and Communications

Coordinator

Brel Froebe is an educator and community organizer living in the occupied Lummi and Nooksack territory of Bellingham. Brel grew up along the Middle Fork Nooksack River, and is passionate about doing what he can to protect the surrounding forests and watersheds. He received an MA in Urban Education and Social Justice at the University Of San Francisco, and has spent the past decade facilitating youth activism through restorative justice, critical pedagogy, art, and outdoor education. Brel is also active in campaigns to decriminalize homelessness. Brel’s involvement with CRF focuses on media, internal communications, and community outreach, as well as stopping timber sales of legacy forests in Whatcom County.

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Daniel Harm

Development Director

Daniel Harm is a USA National Champion cyclist, cinematographer, eco-artist, and experienced wilderness explorer. He was a professional road and track racer for ten years before developing an interest in environmentalism, filmmaking, emergency management, and marketing. Daniel co-managed Soundings of the Planet between 2019 and 2021, a successful record label that historically has helped build awareness and support for rain forest preservation, for the Fairhaven Hundred Acre Woods conservation success, and for other environmental and social campaigns. Daniel currently manages the Soundings Mindful Media archival video library, which is a vast archive of rare footage from the early 1970s consciousness evolution.  Recently, he launched his own production company, which focuses on indie films, commercial work, expedition documentaries, and environmental advocacy.

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Andy Zahn

Photographer | Videographer

Andy Zahn is a distinguished photographer, videographer, and writer living and working in rural Southwest Washington. Andy grew up on a small farm and developed at a young age a deep appreciation for the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, a fascination with the intricate workings of ecosystems, and a fervent desire to protect our natural environment. Andy’s work is widely published, and he has years of experience working with non-profits, including the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, for whom he has created videos showcasing the refuge, as well as given photography classes as part of local events. His nature videos from around the Pacific Northwest have been featured on “Right This Minute”. Andy is an outspoken advocate for conservation.

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Peter Goldmark

Board Chair

Peter Goldmark was the 15th Commissioner of Public Lands of Washington, and head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources from 2009 to 2017.  He has a PhD in molecular biology, and has served as chair of the Okanogan County Planning Commission; director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture; and chair of the Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment.  He was also a member of the Board of Regents to the Washington State University for ten years; served as a volunteer wildland firefighter in Washington State for over 30 years; and has owned and operated a wheat and cattle ranch in Okanogan County for more than 35 years.

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Mary Jean Ryan

Board Member

Mary Jean Ryan is former Chair of the Washington State Board of Education, and a former City of Seattle executive. She currently serves as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow with the Brookings Institution. She is a skilled public policy professional, experienced fundraiser, nonprofit executive, and board member.  Over the past year, she has been working in cooperation with the Northwest Watershed Institute to advocate to the Washington State Legislature for increased funding for the Trust Land Transfer Program, and to permanently protect legacy forests surrounding Dabob Bay.  She is a passionate conservationist and committed to working to change the policies that govern the management of Washington State forestlands.

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Eirik Steinhoff

Board Member

Eirik Steinhoff has a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, and teaches or co-teaches critical and creative reading and writing (among other things) at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and in prisons in WA and NY.  He was editor of the Chicago Review from 2000 to 2005 and co-editor of Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe (2015).  His essays have appeared in Arcade, Counter-Signals, Floor, and Postmedieval.  In 2009, his translations from Petrarch’s Rime Sparse appeared as Fourteen Sonnets (Albion Books), and in 2018 a collection of pamphlets he circulated in the vicinity of the Oakland Commune was published as A Fiery Flying Roule (Publication Studio/Station Hill).  Most of his teaching and research in recent years has revolved around the question, “What needs to be the case for things to be otherwise?”

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