Barbara Cairns

Barbara Cairns

Conservation & Sustainability Director

Barbara is a skilled strategist, communicator, and facilitator with more than 25 years experience in strategic framing and planning, messaging and storytelling, and national, state, and local political and legislative campaign work. She returned to her home state of Washington after 15 years on the east coast, where she taught literature and writing at the University of New Hampshire, staffed United States Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT) on environment, energy, and transportation policy in Washington, D.C., and worked with government and nonprofit grantees across the country as deputy director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For 13 years in Seattle, Barbara was executive director of Long Live the Kings, a nonprofit devoted to the restoration of wild salmon and sustainable fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. Barbara has a B.A. from Western Washington University with a double major in Speech Communications and English Literature; she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. 

What energizes Barbara’s work 
The rush of helping people recognize new, plausible paths forward to accomplish their highest aspirations. Empowering communities to create sustainable futures that protect what they love. Dark green fir trees against a pale blue sky. Puget Sound oyster-light. Beautiful sentences.