Barbara Cairns

Recent work

Salmon are ours to save | Washington Governor's Salmon Recovery Office

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 specializes in helping people and communities take creative paths forward to accomplish their highest aspirations. Recent clients include the University of Washington College of the Environment, Climate Impacts Group, and EarthLab; the Center for Large Landscape Conservation; the Washington Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office; King County Department of Natural Resources; Korean Americans in Action; Council of Korean Americans; The Wilderness Society; Port of Seattle; PCC Farmland Trust; and Ploughshares Fund. Before joining Pyramid, Barbara was executive director of the regional salmon recovery organization Long Live the Kings, deputy director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and legislative assistant on the environment to U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. 

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.