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2016 Leadership Fellows

Tom Bugert currently serves on the government relations team for The Nature Conservancy of Washington, where he builds coalitions across political and ideological lines with corporate leaders, elected officials, government agencies and community organizations to affect natural resource policy and funding. Prior to the Conservancy, Tom served as the State Policy Director for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, which represents over 275 conservation, business, recreation, hunting, fishing, farming, and community interests. Tom serves on the board of the Washington Association of Land Trusts and the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition. A Wenatchee native and graduate of Whitman College, Tom can be found in the great outdoors enjoying the beauty that Washington State has to offer.


Matthew Combe is the Program and Operations Director of the Seattle 2030 District. He volunteered for the District when it launched in September of 2011, believing that he could make a difference in the world through the organization. Matthew previously worked for Aedas architects in the UK as a sustainability consultant overseeing sustainable design of all projects in the office, working on commercial office, multi-family and educational buildings. He has brought that passion for sustainability and the environment to all aspects of his work at the 2030 District. Matthew has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and the Environment, and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design and Environmental Management, both from the University of Portsmouth in the UK. Matthew has been a resident of Seattle for four years and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, golf and soccer. He is also a huge Seahawks fan.
Michele Frix Michele Frix currently serves as the Director of Programs for the Seattle International Foundation (SIF). Under Michele’s leadership, SIF has launched several new initiatives focused on women’s rights, grassroots leadership development and youth empowerment in Central America and Mexico. Previously, Michele was a Research Analyst for the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington. Since 2012, Michele has served as a Commissioner with the Seattle Women’s Commission, which advises the Mayor and City Council on issues and policies affecting women and girls. Michele also serves on the Board of Directors for Splash, a nonprofit and social enterprise committed to clean water for kids around the world. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and a minor in Human Rights.

Jaime M. Hawk is the Legal Strategy Director for the Washington Campaign for Smart Justice at the ACLU of Washington, where she is seeking to reform the state's criminal justice system. Before this position, she was Of Counsel with Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie in Seattle, working on civil rights litigation. She was previously a federal and state public defender, and a law clerk to a federal judge. She began her legal career as an attorney fellow on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Edward M. Kennedy in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hawk has taught as an adjunct law professor at Gonzaga University, where she attended law school as a Thomas More Scholar. She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and serves in other access-to-justice leadership efforts, including as a member of the Washington Task Force on Unaccompanied Children. Hawk is also committed to issues of international human rights, having served on the board of directors for the Center for Women and Democracy and joining in several of its international delegations.

Ilana Cone Kennedy is the Director of Education at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. For the past 12 years, Ilana has worked with teachers throughout the region to provide and develop teacher trainings, community programs, exhibits, and classroom resources. Ilana received her BA from the University of British Columbia and MA at the University of Connecticut. Ilana is a recipient of the Pamela Waechter award for Jewish Communal Service, an Alfred Lerner Fellow from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, and has participated in numerous Holocaust education programs nationally and internationally. Ilana has helped to plan and lead several international Holocaust study trips and in 2016 will be leading a trip to Vienna and Prague. Ilana lives in West Seattle and is the proud mother of two children, ages 7 and 9.

Andrew Lewis has been heavily involved in Washington State politics since he interned for Senator Patty Murray's re-election campaign in 2004 at the age of 14. He went on to manage the successful 2009 re-election campaign of Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, served as Secretary of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, and worked as a lobbyist for the Associated Students of the University of Washington - all while earning a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Washington. Currently in law school, Andrew looks forward to being an active member of the Washington Bar when he graduates this coming May.

Tamara Power-Drutis is the Executive Director at Crosscut Public Media, the Pacific Northwest's reader-supported, independent, non-profit electronic journal. Like Crosscut, Tamara believes that an informed public is essential to solving the challenges of our time. Now as a Trustee of the World Affairs Council, she previously served on the Council's board of the Young Professionals International Network for five years. With a background in strategic partnerships and communication, Tamara is the former Communications Coordinator at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research and policy center developing system-wide solutions for K-12 public education. She began her career as a Research Associate at Ross Strategic, supporting diverse teams and executives working on policy and program development for national environmental information management systems. Tamara holds a BA in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University, where she served as the Vice President of the Associated Student Body and was a Sustainability Fellow. Born in Tacoma, raised in Cheney, and now a resident of Rainier Beach in Seattle, Tamara is a product of Washington State.

Simphiwe Laura Stewart (preferred name Laura) is an ORISE Research Participant at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She holds a Masters in Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR, where she received the Environmental Ambassador Award and served as Chairperson of the Environmental Justice Advocates and Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. Her passion is in working with underserved communities to advance the values of environmental justice, climate resiliency and equitable natural resources management. Laura has worked on community projects with various international organizations in Southern Africa, Canada and now the U.S. She is an alumni and steering committee member of the African American Leadership Forum (Portland and Seattle chapters), a member of various civic engagement boards, and part of the executive board of Swaziland’s Environmental Law Center - the only public interest environmental law center in the country. Laura has collaborated on and published various articles including "Putting Justice in GIS: Supporting Communities using EPA Science Tools." In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors and non-fiction reading.