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.
Shannon Brundle, Senior Administrative and Outreach 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.
Graham Taylor, Field Representative
Graham Taylor comes to NPCA from the Sierra Club, where he spent five years organizing for the Our Wild America Campaign, focusing efforts to expand protections for the forests and rivers of the Olympic Peninsula and Washington State’s North Cascades. Graham has experience working with grass-roots constituencies to generate demand for conservation across Washington State. He is passionate about protecting landscapes and endangered species, and has worked on campaigns to protect the threatened marbled murrelet, grizzly bear, wolf, northern spotted owl, and many other imperiled species. His past work with AmeriCorps at the Tahoma Audubon Society office helped train him to coordinate and work closely with volunteers.
Originally hailing from Sacramento, California, Graham attended college at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, studying history. He has lived in Washington since 2003 and loves to go birding, sight-seeing, and tide-pooling. In his spare time, Graham likes to produce electronic music and recently completed his certificate in Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live through Berklee’s College of Music.