Board of Directors

  • Brady Johnson

    Board of Directors

    Brady Johnson is the son of CELP founder Ralph W. Johnson and has been a life-long supporter of a rational water policy.  Professionally Brady is retired from a long career litigating a wide variety of cases including criminal defense, civil rights, mental health and civil commitment, torts, class actions and for the last 15 years of his career, antitrust and consumer protection.  Brady has appeared before trial and appellate courts in several states, and in federal trial  and appellate courts in the 2nd, 3rd and 9th Circuits and in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Brady holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.  He also holds a Certifcate in International Law from the McGeorge School of Law.  He is a member of the Washington State Bar.

  • Daryl Williams

    Board of Directors

    Daryl Williams is a member of the Tulalip Tribe, and been on staff with the Tribe since 1977 in many capacities, while currently serving as Executive Director of the Tulalip Energy Corporation and Environmental Liaison for the Natural Resources Division.  Daryl serves as President of Adopt A Stream Foundation and President of Qualco Energy.  Daryl is a member of the Washington State Conservation Commission, and was a member of the National Tribal Environmental Council.

  • A picture of Dave Monthie near water.

    Dave Monthie

    Board of Directors

    Dave Monthie has been a water lawyer and policy analyst for over 20 years. Now in private practice in Olympia, he has also worked for King County’s Natural Resources Department, the Washington Department of Health, and as Staff Counsel for the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Water Resource Policy. Before moving to Washington in 1988, Dave represented the California Department of Water Resources. Dave holds a B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He is a member of the Washington and California State Bar Associations.

  • Eric Hirst

    Board of Directors

    Eric Hirst has been an environmental activist since he was a graduate student in engineering at Stanford University in the mid-1960s. Most of his career as an energy policy analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory focused on energy efficiency. Eric moved to Bellingham in late 2002. He helped create a local chapter of Futurewise and served on its Steering Committee from 2007 – 2009. Eric was a member of the board of directors for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities from late 2010 through early 2015 and remains an active supporter of the organization.

    Recently, Eric has focused on local water issues, researching and writing articles for local media. Although very much an environmental advocate, Eric has reached out to those with different perspectives, especially farmers, to discuss possible solutions to our water problems.

  • Jean Melious

    Board of Directors

    Jean Melious is a lawyer and a professor in the Environmental Studies department of Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University.  She is of counsel to Nossaman LLP, where she was formerly a partner, and has practiced land use and environmental law for the past three decades.  On a pro bono basis, she represented four Whatcom County citizens in challenges to the county’s compliance with the Growth Management Act, culminating in Hirst v. Whatcom County, a case that addresses the integration of land use and water law.

    Jean has an M.Phil. degree in Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.  She is admitted to practice in California and Washington.

  • Jill F. Johnson

    Board of Directors

    Jill F. Johnson is an Investment Strategic Advisor for Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS). In this capacity she oversees a portion of the City’s pension plan investments. She is in charge of SCERS’s public equity investments, including matters relating to environmental, social and governance. Jill has worked in the financial markets in various capacities in the US and in France for 30 plus years.

    In addition to her investment experience, Jill helped found The DoVE Project on Vashon Island, a non-profit providing community education and services to survivors of domestic abuse. She was one of DoVE’s first domestic violence advocates and provided direct services to clients. Since early in her life, Jill has volunteered for various non-profit organizations, including a vaccination program in Latin America, an organization providing residential treatment to children in the foster care system with addiction and mental health issues, cat and dog rescue and domestic violence. Currently, in addition to her work with the City of Seattle, she operates an unofficial rescue farm at her home. She cares for approximately 150 sheep, goats, geese, ducks, turkeys and chickens.

    Jill is the daughter of CELP founder Ralph W. Johnson, and is currently on leave of absence from the board.

  • Jim Weber

    Board of Directors

    Jim Weber has been a policy analyst working on salmon habitat protection on behalf of Pacific Northwest Indian tribes.  Over a 35 year career, Jim worked at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Skagit River System Cooperative, and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, along with a stint as an in-house attorney for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.  Jim has a B.A. from Pitzer College and earned his J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.  He is also a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations. Jim Joined the board in December of 2018.

  • John Roskelley

    Board of Directors

    John Roskelley, water advocate, legendary mountaineer, and author, has a long history of public service.  He served on the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the Growth Management Hearings Board, and as Spokane County Commissioner.

    John’s latest book is Paddling the Columbia: A guide to all 1,200 miles of our scenic and historical river.  John is especially interested in removing dams, and in restoring health to the Columbia River and its tributaries.  In this photo he is fishing with son Jess.

  • Patrick Williams

    Board of Directors

    Patrick Williams is a Seattle-based attorney with a solo practice dedicated environmental, land uses law, and water law. His litigation experience includes challenges to land use decisions and water right permits. He has litigated at all levels; from administrative boards to the State Supreme Court. Prior to opening his practice in 2009, Patrick was staff attorney for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy for three years. During that time he worked on water policy issues including rule making and oversight.

  • Steve Robinson

    Board of Directors

    Steve Robinson is the owner of an Olympia-based public relations company which specializes in serving Native American Tribes. He was Public Affairs Manager and Policy Analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for 26 years, working closely with the late, great Billy Frank, Jr. He has also worked in corporate public affairs, served as Chief of Public Information and Public Affairs Director for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Advertising Manager for a major real estate company in Portland, Oregon and worked several years as a daily newspaper reporter.  He is a journalism graduate of the University of Oregon and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He has served as President of the Washington State Information Council, of the Salmon Homecoming Alliance and has been active with numerous other committees and organizations, including the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the National Congress of American Indians. He has received numerous awards for journalism and citizenship, ranging from two Emmy Awards for film production to the George Washington Medal of Honor.

  • Sue Patnude

    Board of Directors

    Sue Patnude joined CELP’s Board in March of 2018. Sue is a co-founder of Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team and a strong advocate for a healthy Puget Sound and Salish Sea. Sue’s career has been focused on protecting and restoring the environment, recently through work with DERT and in the past with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology and positions in local and regional government. She lives on a small farm in the Upper Chehalis Watershed with her husband Tom Hyde and works on environmental policy consulting through her own business from home.