Thomas Christian grew up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula where he was exposed to controversial natural resource issues at an early age. He joined Triangle in 2017 and works on natural resource facilitation and public involvement projects throughout the western United States, including collaborative processes related to public lands, water resources, and salmon recovery. Utilizing his strong organizational skills and his keen understanding of partner relationships, his projects range from highly technical efforts that require significant project management support, such as the effects analysis for the Columbia River System Operation (CRSO) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to the creative design of focused individual meetings. Another highlight of his recent work is the design and co-facilitation of a Department of the Interior/State of Montana workshop where partner organizations worked to prioritize conservation actions for big game winter range corridors.
Thomas is excited to work at Triangle because of the company’s focus on (and his own personal experience living in) communities directly impacted by natural resource policy. He also has experience working in the public sector for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, both agencies that Triangle has supported in multiple ways. As a result, Thomas is thrilled to help citizens and government employees collaborate and engage one another on natural resource issues.
Thomas holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University (WWU) and a B.A. in History from Augustana College. As a graduate student, he held a fellowship at WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute where he studied transboundary water governance and helped organize an international symposium on the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty, signed by Canada and the United States.
Outside of the office, Thomas loves to cook, kayak in Seattle’s many waterways, and spend time in the mountains with friends and his partner Claire.