Our people, our power.
Meet the people who make Cascadia awesome.
Cascadia’s mission is to inspire and empower communities everywhere to protect and restore our world.
We take this to heart. Cascadians are not only researchers, planners, and program implementers and evaluators… we’re also singers and cyclists, gamers, climbers, writers, musicians, in-line skaters, pastry chefs, travel bloggers, practical jokers, new and experienced parents, volunteers, board members, voters, and really good neighbors. In and out of work, we devote our intellect, creativity, and passion to improving the equity, sustainability, and resiliency of our communities. Meet our team members below.
Cascadia Board Member Ben Packard is currently the Executive Director of EarthLab at the University of Washington, where he works to connect environmental policy decision-makers with the incredible resources—faculty, researchers and students—on UW campuses. The EarthLab initiative addresses large-scale environmental challenges by accelerating and focusing UW expertise on the most important environmental issues we face. In this role, Ben focuses on building relationships between UW and public, private, nonprofit and other sectors that deliver impact. Prior to becoming the inaugural Executive Director of EarthLab, Ben served as Global Managing Director of Corporate Engagement at The Nature Conservancy, and as Vice President of Global Responsibility and Director of Environmental Affairs at Starbucks.
Cascadia Board member Dominique Gómez is currently the Deputy Director of the Colorado Energy Office, a non-regulatory department within the office of Governor Jared Polis which leads climate programs and policy for the State of Colorado. Dominique has been passionate about environmental and social justice from an early age. In college she led a student group focused on pro environmental behavior, and has spent her entire career touching on different elements of the climate crisis. She recently served on the Denver Climate Action Task Force whose recommendations led to a voter approved sales tax which will generate $40 million a year to combat climate change and economic disparity. In addition to her work with Cascadia, she is a Commissioner for Denver Water and on the Board of Communities Unlimited, which focuses on sustainable economic development in areas with persistent poverty. Dominique lives in Denver with her husband and young daughters.