Dr. Deborah Jensen, Executive Director
Deborah has over 25 years of executive experience leading conservation, education and scientific organizations. While CEO at the Woodland Park Zoo she led a successful public-private partnership with the city of Seattle, expanded the zoo’s field conservation programs to 35 projects worldwide, created the zoo’s first sustainability plan, and oversaw the opening of Zoomazium the first Leeds Gold certified building at any zoo. As VP for Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy, she led a team of scientists helping to identify and steward networks of lands and waters that could sustain biodiversity in the face of multiple ecological changes. Earlier in her career she worked for California Department of Fish and Wildlife and had boots on the ground in each county of that state. Deborah currently serves on the Puget Sound Leadership Council and the Board of Climate Solutions. She is a past-chair of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. She has an MS and PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. When not bird-watching or hiking she might be found tasting or creating hand-crafted chocolates with her husband.
Joseph Manson, Center Director
After serving in multiple capacities at the Seward Park Audubon Center Joey become the Center’s director in 2015. His vision as director is to make nature-based education available to all students in local schools and provide programs for all that facilitate positive experiences in Seattle’s wild spaces. A native of Washington, DC, Joey is a life-long Maryland Terrapin, but cherishes the woods and water of the Evergreen State. Joey has also served on National Audubon’s Strategic Plan Committee and is a member of Audubon’s Diversity & Inclusion Cohort.
Dr. Trina Bayard, Director of Bird Conservation
In addition to her formative experiences exploring Puget Sound tide-pools and Cascade mountain meadows, Trina’s path to Audubon includes more than ten years of experience on a broad range of plant and wildlife studies in eastern Oregon, coastal California and coastal Connecticut including her doctoral research on Saltmarsh Sparrows. Trina’s perspective is shaped by her experience working in the public and private sectors and her studies and travel in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She brings to Audubon a dedication to advancing bird conservation in a way that is scientifically relevant, inclusive of the diverse constituencies making up our state and flyway, and mindful of how future generations may connect with and be inspired by birds.
Adam Maxwell, Campaigns Manager
Adam originally hails from Florida, but had his first glimpse of a life best lived outdoors on teenage hiking trips to Vermont. He truly fell in love with the great outdoors when he moved to Seattle for graduate school. After finishing up his education at UW he took a job with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition advocating for strengthened and more fully-funded habitat and outdoor recreation grant programs at the state and federal level. More recently, Adam spent a few years with his partner in Vermont directing field operations for the state's largest environmental advocacy organization before returning to the Pacific Northwest in March of this year. He lives with his partner and 8-year-old rescue dog in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle and takes great pleasure in hiking all over Washington state, trail-running in Seattle's urban forests, and playing ice hockey with friends.
Teri Anderson, Chapter Network Manager
Having worked as a National Park Ranger in Alaska, and in the Peace Corps in Mexico, Teri recognizes the unrivaled power of volunteer networks to impact conservation. Her work in community science in Mexico engaged local, Indigenous youth in bird monitoring, resulting in new conservation policy and a birding ecotourism program. Teri is passionate about environmental education and published a field guide to birds of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and a visitor’s guide to the National Park of American Samoa. She hails from Alaska and has a MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She lives on a sailboat in Seattle and spends her free time working with her partner in their small business, Ballard Kayak.
Jen Syrowitz, Development Manager
Jen comes to Audubon Washington driven to build support for natural resource protection through the lens of birds. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of wildlife conservation, community outreach and advocacy and non-profit development, most recently within the framework of outdoor education programming, wildlife management and funding, public lands protection and access, and climate change. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, her academic background includes work in wildlife biology, social sciences, and humanities. Jen is currently tasked with leading the development and expansion of major donor programs for Alaska and Washington state. Her prior life at Audubon (2013-2018) involved engaging the chapter network in Washington state. Outside the office, Jen spends her time in the evergreen mountains, sagebrush plateaus, and coastal beaches of Washington state – backpacking, snowshoeing, hunting upland game, harvesting shellfish, and advocating on behalf of state education and funding for wildlife management, and local social justice issues.