Tracy Stanton, Executive Director of The Emerald Alliance for People, Nature and Community in Washington State, brings 20+ years of experience in environmental policy and conservation finance strategies to this year’s RCP Network Gathering. Her current work with The Emerald Alliance, a new regional initiative funded and incubated by the Bullitt Foundation, focuses on connecting the many efforts to protect open space across central Puget Sound. She also serves as the Ambassador of the Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Partnership, with support from the US Forest Service.
Central Puget Sound in Washington is the fastest growing region in the country and is poised to grow by another 1.8 million people by 2050. For the past decade, a group of academics, planning professionals, and conservation advocates have been working to develop a bold regional vision for protecting and sustaining the treasured landscapes across the region in the face of intense development pressure. The Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) catalyzed this vision and called for a Regional Open Space Conservation Plan and the creation of a new regional entity, The Emerald Alliance for People, Nature and Community, to steward this vision by creating a platform for greater collaboration across sectors, agencies, and geography.
“The Emerald Alliance is founded on the idea that protecting traditional open space and working lands while simultaneously attending to urban natural infrastructure protects and sustains the region’s treasured livability. This dual approach addresses key challenges to that livability such as climate change and associated threats to human health and wellbeing, supporting strong yet equitable economic growth from rural to urban, and preserving the fundamental ecosystem services that support the ever growing population across the region.”
~ Tracy Stanton
Before moving to Seattle, WA in July 2009, Tracy worked in the Washington, DC area with a number of organizations always dedicated to building the capacity of government professionals, especially in the areas of environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. While working with the non-profit, Forest Trends and the Ecosystem Marketplace, her research led to the 2010 publication, Payments for Watershed Services: An Emerging Marketplace.
Tracy received a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.