appoints Deborah Jensen to Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council
Inslee has appointed Deborah Jensen, PhD, of Seattle, to the Puget Sound
Partnership’s Leadership Council. Ms. Jensen has extensive experience as an executive leading conservation
and scientific organizations in Washington state and internationally. Until last year, she
served as CEO and President of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.
Jensen understands that a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound is critical to the
vitality of our region—to our ecosystem, our economy, and the legacy we are
building for the next generations,” said Governor Inslee. “Deborah’s expertise
in leading nonprofit boards and organizations and working with local government
will help the Leadership Council to become ever more effective in navigating
the waters of Puget Sound recovery.”
by Seattle Business Magazine as a recipient of the 2015 Executive Excellence
Award and by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a recipient of the 2009 Women
of Influence Award, Ms. Jensen currently serves as principal for Jensen and
Associates. The firm offers consulting services on
business and conservation strategy, organizational change, and board
development. She is also a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the University
of Washington, College of the Environment.
Jensen’s background in conservation biology coupled with her business acumen
makes her an ideal addition to the Leadership Council,” said Sheida Sahandy,
executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. “I look forward to the insights
she will contribute as we work together to recover Puget Sound.”
From 2002 to 2015, Ms. Jensen shepherded
the 100-year-old Woodland Park Zoo in its transition to nonprofit management and
built strong education and conservation programs. Before moving to the
Northwest, she served as Vice President of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation
Science Division, at its world headquarters, in Arlington, Virginia. She holds
masters and doctorate degrees in Energy and Resources and an undergraduate
degree in Botany from the University of California Berkeley.
community involvement includes serving as current Vice-Chair of the Washington Wildlife
and Recreation Coalition. She has also served as a member of the Seattle Community
Development Roundtable; member of the Board of Directors, Association of Zoos
and Aquariums; and as President and Board member, Society for Conservation
honored for the opportunity to put my experience as a non-profit executive and
scientist to the important work of the recovery of the Puget Sound,” said Ms.
term on the Leadership Council runs through June 25, 2019. She fills the
vacancy left by retiring Leadership Council member, Diana Gale, who has served
three terms as a Council member.
to the newly formed Partnership Leadership Council already an internationally
recognized trailblazer on issues of sustainability and water who
loaned this effort her heart and soul and brains for nearly a decade,” said
Martha Kongsgaard, Leadership Council chair. “Her insistence on tackling the
intractable while remaining highly optimistic were her signature, which
will be greatly missed.”
About the Leadership Council
The seven-member Leadership Council is the governing body of the Puget
Sound Partnership. Appointed by the Governor to serve four year terms, members
are among the leading citizens from around the Sound.
About the Puget Sound Partnership
Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency formed to lead the region’s
collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. Working with hundreds of governments, tribes, scientists, businesses, and nonprofits,
the Partnership mobilizes partner action around a common agenda,
advances Sound investments, and tracks progress to optimize recovery.