For two decades Kevin has brought his passion for the coast and ocean to his professional career where he has served as a CEO, director and senior advisor to numerous organizations, foundations and national thought-leaders. He has focused his expertise on community and economic development and the advancement of ocean, energy and climate policy.
First elected to the Washington State Senate in 2008 and reelected in 2012, Kevin has established a name for himself as an outspoken advocate for the environment, equality and civil rights. In 2014, Kevin was elected to serve as the Assistant Ranking Member on the powerful Ways and Means Committee responsible for the budget for Washington State. Previously, he served as Chair of the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.
In 2011, he received a White House appointment to serve as an Advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council and in 2013, Kevin was elected President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a statutory partnership of ten U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories working to increase economic wellbeing, coordinate energy, economic and environmental strategies and enhance the competitiveness of the Pacific Northwest region.
Kevin lives with his wife and daughter on Orcas Island while his son proudly serves in the the U.S Navy.