Rob Smith,Regional Director
Rob Smith returned to the Northwest after many years with the Sierra Club in the Southwest. Born in Minneapolis, MN, his early years were spent growing up in the Midwest (where he learned to canoe in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park) as well as Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Klamath Falls, OR. Rob went to high school in Seattle, college in Maine (where he often journeyed to Acadia National Park) and then moved West to be in the mountains. After two years as a railroad brakeman he volunteered to his way into working for the Colorado Open Space Council advocating for forest wilderness protection. He then joined the Sierra Club, living in Santa Fe, Salt Lake City and finally Phoenix, where he married Joni Bosh, a fellow environmental activist, and together raised two sons, Frank and Carl.
Rob and his family enjoy hiking, river running, camping and seeing historic sites, a good combination for visiting National Park System areas. Rob’s environmental work has included work on land and wildlife protection, climate change and air quality through lobbying officials and organizing local support for conservation measures.
David G. Graves, Northwest Program Manager
David Gilman Graves grew up in Kentucky where his family took frequent vacations to visit National Parks, mainly Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Following graduation from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with a degree in history, David took a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States. Along the way, he visited 27 national parks and fell in love with the Northwest. David then attended law school at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a JD and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was awarded the Environmental Leadership Award for his work on environmental issues while in law school.
David has previously worked with Advocates for the West, Friends of the River, California Hydropower Reform Coalition, and the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign. While not working to save the parks, he can be found in the parks hiking or backpacking with his wife Katie Kolarich and son Muir.
David Patton, Regional Director of Development
Dave Patton joined the NPCA staff in February 2008 as the Regional Director of Development for the Northwest. Growing up on the east coast, Dave experienced the rich cultural and natural heritage that our national park units provide. Whether on a school field trip to Valley Forge or vacations to Acadia National Park, Dave inherited an appreciation for what these great parks symbolize as the best of America's treasures. Living in the Northwest (Seattle) has only increased that appreciation. Seattle is in a perfect location with several great parks within a few hour’s drive and dozens that can be reached for a long weekend. Dave is excited to connect NPCA’s important conservation work to a greater Northwest community.
Dave brings a strong background in non-profit fundraising and management. Prior to NPCA, Dave worked with Seattle-based Cascade Land Conservancy as Director of Individual Giving and held several positions at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., raising critical funds to support their programs. Dave also worked as Associate Sales and Marketing Director with Maine WoodWorks, a furniture-manufacturing unit of Creative Work Systems, a social service agency located in southern Maine. Dave is humbled to be working for NPCA and supporting a great mission.
Shannon Brundle, Administrative Coordinator
Growing up in Sequim, WA gave Shannon convenient access to her beloved Olympic National Park. The park provided sanctuary and became the place representing home. She has recently completed her MS degree in International Development with a focus on renewable energy. Working on the degree allowed many opportunities to travel to Central America and visit numerous parks while there. The cultural treasure represented by parks is an internationally common sentiment. She observes that visiting our National Parks feels a bit like an international holiday as they are the destination of many travelors. It is an honor to work to protect the landscapes that represent so much to so many.
Prior to joining NPCA in December 2012, Shannon worked at Seattle University in Advancement and prior to that developed CLE ‘s for lawyers at Law Seminars. She is involved in her community developing a local large scale composting project to reduce green waste streams to landfills and works at the organic farm that serves the food bank. She has spent that last 2 summers driving cross country with her family exploring parks along the way.