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Favorite Place in the Northwest:Queets Valley
Favorite Northwest Animal:Pine Marten

Mitch Friedman

Executive Director
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As our leader, Mitch Friedman is involved in nearly all our conservation programs and other operations, as well as directing our Cascades to Rockies programs and Healthy Watersheds Campaign to protect transboundary rivers from mining pollution.

Mitch Friedman is the Executive Director of Conservation Northwest, which he founded in 1989. He has a degree in Zoology from the University of Washington and raised two daughters in Bellingham before recently moving back to Seattle. He led or played key roles in the following conservation achievements and innovations, among others.

He was also a founding board member of Wildlands Network and has been recognized with awards from Sunset Magazine, Society for Conservation Biology, The Wilderness Society, Washington Environmental Council, Northwest Jewish Environmental Project, Endangered Species Coalition, Wilburforce Foundation, and The Wildlife Society (NW Section). In 2003 he was named by Washington Law and Politics Magazine as one of the “25 smartest people in Washington.”

You can read Mitch’s thoughts on activist strategy in this vintage speech he delivered. In his 1996 voice, you can already hear his thoughts evolving toward broad democratic engagement and against the perils of tribal ideology.