Alex Sweetser joined Triangle in 2020 and brings several years of experience in salmon recovery, stakeholder engagement and public outreach, tribal treaty rights and government-to-government relations, environmental justice, and environmental education. Alex is passionate about the interdisciplinary linkage between environmental science and policy and facilitating fair and knowledgeable decision-making between multi-party groups. In this space, they enjoy learning about the socio-ecological background of environmental issues to find solutions that promote the long-term wellbeing of landscapes and communities while addressing historic and ongoing environmental injustice. As a member of the Facilitation and Public Involvement team, Alex currently works with local, state, and tribal governments to facilitate statewide coordination and communication of salmon recovery efforts.
Alex holds an M.M.A from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, as well as a B.A. in Psychology and Brain Sciences from Boston University. Their graduate work involved qualitative interview research with members of the public, local, state, and federal governments, and tribal staff to promote equitable social and salmon recovery outcomes in decision-making. Prior to joining Triangle, Alex worked conducted research on improving coordination on salmon habitat recovery and hatchery management as a Sea Grant Hershman Fellow for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
In their free time, Alex loves listening to musicals, story-driven podcasts, exploring Washington parks, and biking on coastal trails.
Andy Gordon-Maclean joined Triangle in 2020 and his work includes presenting workshops, providing technical assistance to schools, and creating engaging and interactive program materials.
His professional background includes over 20 years of environmental education and natural resource management in the UK, Latin America, East Africa, and Washington State working for organizations such as WWF, IUCN, IIED, and SEI. Andy is excited to work at Triangle because of the team’s commitment to providing young people with hands-on education about a wide variety of environmental issues that he has worked on globally and the practical approach that Triangle takes to make it easier for schools to reduce their impact.
Andy holds an M.Sc. in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia and a B.Sc. from University College London in the UK.
Outside of the office, Andy loves to spend time with his wife Cristin and 2 rambunctious young boys. He plays guitar and percussion and loves getting out into rural Washington whenever he can.
Annalise Ritter is a graphic facilitator and environmental public policy professional who supports collaborative decision-making in natural resource management, urban planning, and environmental health. Drawing from her background in environmental education and visual arts, Annalise helps groups of stakeholders communicate about and solve complex problems using visual tools that engage participants’ creativity and unique knowledge. She employs environmental justice and equity principles to create inclusive spaces for dialogue and collaboration at the nexus between government agencies, community organizations and members, tribal governments, private companies, and the public. She is known for her people-focused facilitation style and her ability to communicate highly technical information to a wide variety of audiences.
Annalise holds a M.A.Ed. in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle and IslandWood. She trained in graphic facilitation at the Grove Consultants in San Francisco, CA and at Visualizing Change in Oakland, CA. Locally, she completed the City of Seattle’s People’s Academy of Community Engagement (PACE) program.
Annalise is also a dancer, an aerialist, and an avid student of languages ranging from Spanish to Japanese. You can often find her exploring new ecosystems, traveling, learning choreography on lunch breaks, and honing her acrobatic skills.
Annie Kilburg Smith is based in Portland, Oregon, and has over 10 years of experience providing mediation and facilitation services for dispute-resolution processes with government entities. Annie began her professional career working in a litigation setting and learned that collaborative problem-solving with engaged participants makes for better decisions. Annie now works on natural resource and environmental policy projects in collaboration with diverse community groups, stakeholders and Tribal, federal, and state representatives to facilitate neutral third-party dialogue and conflict resolution.
Annie has both a structured style and adaptable conflict resolution skills, which lend themselves to working in any setting with confidence and calmness. Her experience working in areas with diverse interest groups stems from growing up in rural Oregon and now residing in urban Oregon. This contributes to her ability to bring a wide lens of opinions and varied expertise together to look for opportunities to bridge those dialogues. Annie is an expert in organization, facilitation, and project management. She provides opportunities for groups to collaborate, resolve issues, and develop mutually acceptable solutions through consensus-based decision-making.
Betsy Daniels is Co-President of Triangle and has served as a facilitator and dispute resolution professional for over 25 years within federal and state regulatory frameworks for natural resources and the built environment. She joined Triangle in 2005 and is sought out for her experience with multi-stakeholder collaboration where the need for conflict prevention or dispute resolution may exist. She provides her clients and the parties involved with a fair process by ensuring procedural, substantive, and emotional needs are met through a customized approach.
Betsy is known for facilitating projects that are complex and controversial and that include parties in conflict. Her resume includes a broad range of experience, primarily in the Western U.S. but extending nationally. Her expertise is in the design and facilitation of multi-jurisdictional and multi-party processes, department and agency strategic planning, policy and technical level facilitation, interdepartmental workshops, and high profile public involvement.
Betsy is proud to have co-led the development of Triangle’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan to ensure Triangle’s employees reflect the broad range of communities Triangle works with and that the company promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizational culture and all of our services. She has a bachelor’s degree and Resources Management Certificate from the University of Hawaii, a master’s degree from the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, and a mediation certificate from the University of Washington School of Law.
Claire Mendelsohn joined Triangle Associates in 2014. She worked with the Education Team until 2019 at which time she was recruited to improve internal communications systems and collaborate with colleagues to grow the company's external communications and content marketing. Her current work involves re-design of Triangle's SharePoint architecture and integrating Microsoft 365 applications into everyday operations.
Claire's background includes a Master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, eleven years as a secondary science teacher, field work centered around the affects of land use history on the Dendrobates pumilio (a Costa Rican poison dart frog), a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Kentucky and a Science Teaching Certificate from the University of New Mexico. As an educator, she specialized in creating engaging curriculum that fostered a spirit of inquiry, a joy of learning and the desire to experiment. Before coming to Triangle, she worked with Austin Energy Green Building and US Environmental Protection Agency Region 10.
In her personal life Claire co-founded Art+Tech+Trash and is insatiable maker, combining reuse materials and responsive LED technology.
Jennifer Scales joined the Triangle education team in 2019 with over 12 years of experience in environmental education and youth programing. Her expertise is in delivering and developing engaging hands-on programs for youth and adults. She is an enthusiastic educator and has worked in both formal and informal education settings.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Studies and is eager to share her passion and knowledge with diverse audiences. Her past work includes program management for the City of Charleston’s litter prevention and waste responsibility programs, serving as a county agent for South Carolina’s 4-H Youth Development, presenting and guiding programs for Zoo Atlanta, and serving as a naturalist for the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Throughout her career, Jenn has emphasized the importance of positive youth development, believing that to inspire and empower future environmental leaders you must first spark their interest, curiosity, and passion.
Jennifer spends most of her free time outside exploring local parks with her dogs or finding new places to hike. She has a wide range of hobbies including horseback riding, archery, crafting, and boardgames.
Joy Juelson joined Triangle in May of 2018 and brings over 20 years of natural resources management and stakeholder engagement experience to the facilitation and public involvement team. She has worked across many scientific disciplines including: fisheries, ecology, and forestry/fire in multiple sectors including: Public Utility Districts, non-profit, environmental consulting, county and Federal government entities. Additionally, Joy has worked closely with tribal governments.
Her breadth of salmon recovery experience is extensive from field research to implementation of recovery projects. As a salmon recovery habitat project sponsor and manager, she developed and implemented over 18 large habitat recovery projects that reconnected floodplains, removed barriers, and added complexity to rivers. She was also the Salmon Recovery Lead Entity Coordinator for a decade and managed an annual funding allocation processes for over 5+ million dollars from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) to align funding with prioritized recovery actions identified in a Regional Salmon Recovery Plan. This work gave her the foundation for the people and policy-based work that she achieved while facilitating regional implementation teams, regional technical teams, habitat design teams, watershed and stakeholder meetings in implementing a Salmon Recovery Plan in the Upper Columbia Region.
Some of the successful projects Joy has worked while at Triangle include the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement - Fish and Wildlife Technical Team, Montana State Secretarial Order 3362: Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridor Workshop, Washington Salmon Coalition Annual Retreat, King County Baring Bridge Replacement Public Involvement Process, and Oregon Department of State Lands Rulemaking for Aquatic Resources Mitigation Framework. Joy earned a M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from Central Washington University in 2001. Joy is trained in citizen’s engagement by the Institute for Participatory Management & Planning, Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings by the NOAA Office of Coastal Management, and Advanced Facilitation Training by Clarity Consulting.
Over the years, Joy has developed techniques and tools useful for moving diverse groups toward a common goal and believes some of the most important gifts she brings to a collaborative process are deep listening skills, humor and a calm and focused demeanor. Outside of the office, Joy loves to travel internationally to gain new cultural perspectives.
Kizz Prusia is based in Seattle, WA and brings several years of combined experience providing facilitation, community engagement services, and project management support for public policy projects in the environmental sector. He currently leads facilitation for technical committees and working group meetings to share complex technical information and align on recommendations for how to move forward. He supports these groups to find a deeper understanding of a problem, collaborate to resolve issues, and inform the decision-making process.
Kizz is known for his big-picture thinking and intentional approach in meeting design, as well as sequencing activities to address equity gaps and minimize participation barriers. He values providing service in connection with community and the places impacted by decision-making.
Michael Lyng keeps Triangle running through his accounting skills. He does it all with a smile on his face.
Mishu Pham-Whipple joined the Triangle team in 2017 and provides wide ranging support for facilitation and public involvement projects. Mishu is a versatile member of the team that regularly works with technical staff, community members, elected officials, and business leaders to organize information and develop processes to support complex decisions, particularly related to land use and transportation. Currently, Mishu supports the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Roundtable stakeholder group, supports stakeholder groups for King County Metro’s Community Connections Program, coordinates the work of the seven committees under the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, and supports the King County Charter Review Commission through their decennial process. Mishu is experienced in planning large meetings and events, team retreats, bilingual meetings, supporting technical and policy level committees, and is a strong writer and multitasker.
Mishu completed a dual B.A. in Environmental Studies and Community Environment Planning at the University of Washington and studied sustainable urban transportation in Europe. With a background in community planning and environmental studies, Mishu appreciates the interaction between the built and natural environment, appreciates the power of local decision making, and understands the balance of process versus product. Prior to Triangle, she conducted outreach for Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light’s renewable energy programs, and had experience in workshop facilitation, environmental outreach and education, and non-profit event planning and fundraising. Mishu was born and raised in Seattle but loves to travel and experience new cultures and landscapes. When she is not working, she enjoys taking advantage of Seattle’s parks and music venues.
Phoebi Crawford has many years of experience as an office professional. Phoebi uses her organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities to support the Education Team. She performs a wide variety of administrative tasks and provides support and guidance related to project timelines, staffing needs, evaluation coordination, and workload planning. She successfully manages program marketing and scheduling for hundreds of teachers and thousands of students each school year. Phoebi’s efforts contribute to the smooth and seamless functioning and support of the Education Team as they work both in and out of the office and with schools across King and Snohomish Counties.
Before coming to Triangle, she put her office skills to use in several different industries including CrossFit, floral and event planning, and business consulting.
In her free time, Phoebi spends every possible moment with her family and friends. Phoebi’s hobbies include lifting heavy, designing flowers, scuba diving in the Puget Sound and any tropics she can get to, and watching/reading obscure usually foreign crime dramas.
Rachel Aronson leads natural resources multi-stakeholder facilitation for Triangle's public involvement and facilitation team. Rachel brings public sector experience in connecting with communities to inform decisions and policy development by public agencies. Rachel has worked with federal, state, and local agencies and facilitated a broad range of groups, from large, contentious public meetings to small decision-making circles to intimate team-building retreats. Rachel has helped a salmon recovery organization update their habitat plan with input from 50 different jurisdictions and stakeholders, navigated nine parties successfully through a mediation on timber practices, and developed a policy handbook for a national agency that protects natural resources and supports healthy relationships with the public. Her expertise includes Endangered Species Act recovery planning, forestry, and water quality and wetland issues. Rachel holds an M.M.A. from the University of Washington's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, as well as a B.A. in Biology and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel is certified in mediation by the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, facilitation by the Institute for Cultural Affairs, and citizen engagement by the Institute for Participatory Management & Planning. Rachel is fluent in Spanish and volunteers in the Honduran community of Seattle. In her free time, she uses her meeting management skills to host trivia nights and fundraisers for nonprofits.
Sara Gersten-Rothenberg brings over 20 years of experience in project management, environmental and arts education, community outreach and school program coordination. Sara has worked at Triangle since 2001, developing innovative community outreach and school-based conservation programs for public and private clients. She designs and manages projects, taking them from inception through implementation and evaluation and manages comprehensive programs on topics of waste reduction and recycling, climate change, energy conservation, renewable energy, and water conservation.
As a company leader, Sara is instrumental in facilitating staff development and expansion of topic expertise within the Triangle Education Team. Sara understands the school community, has worked with teachers and students of all ages and is adept at developing relevant programs that engage, inform and inspire people. Sara has been the creative force behind Triangle’s award winning elementary school theatrical assemblies. Sara has developed curriculum and provided workshops for over 1,000 King and Snohomish County classrooms.
Before joining Triangle, Sara was the director of a national pilot youth center program. Sara is a former National and two-time World Champion Ultimate Frisbee player. Her favorite activity is playing with her family and trying to keep up with her two growing girls.
Simone Barley-Greenfield supports natural resources multi-stakeholder facilitation for Triangle’s public involvement and facilitation team. Simone brings experience working at the nexus of policy, people, and coastal watershed ecosystems while managing collaboration among government entities and other stakeholders. With a foundation in marine ecology and coastal management, Simone focuses on coastal resource and watershed projects that involve both environmental and human dimensions. Simone has worked with federal, state and local agencies both as a Project Associate at Triangle and in her previous position as a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Simone has helped engage local stakeholders for a bridge replacement project in King County, supported project management for the multi-state Columbia River System Operations Fish Technical Team, and developed stakeholder engagement reports and social indicators for the local National Estuary Program in New Hampshire. Simone has an aptitude for understanding diverse priorities and perspectives, and she is skilled at building consensus and integrating goals and ideas across various interests.
Simone has excellent writing, research, and analysis skills, and she is fascinated with finding engaging ways to communicate technical or complex information regarding natural resource management. Her expertise includes coastal management, climate adaptation, water quality and wetland issues. Simone holds a Master of Science in Earth Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, both from Stanford University. Simone grew up in Seattle and is passionate about the ecosystems and natural resources that make the Puget Sound region such a unique and wonderful place to live. She is dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of both people and the landscape and loves to work on projects that engage a diverse array of stakeholders while thinking creatively, collaboratively, and inclusively about sustainability in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not at her desk or in the field, Simone can be found on a long-distance run, at home testing new baking recipes, or behind the lens of a DSLR camera. If you still can’t find her, she’s probably in California.
Sophie Glass has worked on Triangle’s public policy team since 2014 and is a lead facilitator for urban planning issues. She brings people together to develop transportation, land use, and environmental justice policies. Sophie also specializes in public engagement so community members can shape the policies that affect their lives. Common threads throughout Sophie’s work include a commitment to social equity, clear information, and visual communication.
Some highlights from Sophie’s work include helping jurisdictions across Kitsap County allocate over $20 million in federal transportation funds. She also helped develop the country’s first roundtable with paid community participants to provide feedback to the US Environmental Protection Agency as they clean up the Duwamish River. Additionally, Sophie facilitated a taskforce that provided the Washington State Governor with 70 recommendations for how the state could support affordable housing.
Prior to joining Triangle, Sophie worked for environmental nonprofits in Colorado. She currently volunteers with organizations that address urban social and racial equity issues. Sophie holds a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Issues from Colorado College and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
In her free time, Sophie loves making silly faces with her baby Emmett, hiking in Washington’s beautiful forests, and baking challah for Shabbat dinner.
Thomas Christian joined Triangle in 2017 and helps government clients, stakeholders, communities, and tribal sovereigns engage each other in natural resource and public policy planning and decision making. Thomas grew up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula where he was exposed to controversial natural resource issues at an early age, which informed his interest in the ways that communities work through social, cultural, and political conflict. Thomas is excited to work at Triangle because of the team’s commitment to help communities engage in decision making on issues that directly affect them.
Thomas is a trained facilitator and experienced natural resource professional. At Triangle, he has supported clients from tribal, federal, state, and local governments working on issues related to public lands, forestry, water resources, salmon recovery, and rural community development. 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, including a National Park Service workshop for partners working to promote winter range connectivity for large ungulates in the State of Montana.
Thomas holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University (WWU) and a B.A. in History from Augustana College (IL). At WWU, he held a fellowship at the 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. Thomas 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 through many different collaborative efforts.
Outside of the office, Thomas loves to cook with his partner Claire, read about the history and geography of the West, and explore the mountains on skis and foot.