Sharon Hsiang Chen, President
returned to the TFF Board in 2010 after serving from 2003-2008—including as Board Vice President in 2007. She lived for two years abroad in Taipei, Taiwan where she was a full time student learning Mandarin Chinese. Sharon worked in Product Management at Microsoft from 1994-2006 on programs such as MS Access and MS/MSN Money. Sharon serves on the Development Committee.
Dr. Paulene Quigley, Vice President
brings extensive experience as a biochemist working in both the Biotech industry as well as academia. She has served in a number of capacities including research scientist, senior scientist, project manager and business development officer within the drug development and health sciences industry. After winning a Fulbright award to study at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, she returned to the US to continue her research. She earned her PhD in Biomolecular structure and drug design from the University of Washington and then worked with local biotech company, Targeted Genetics to develop and scale up their AAV gene therapy platform. From there, she moved to the UW, where she helped to establish the Center for Systems and Translational Research on Infectious Disease (STRIDE). This center is dedicated to using high-throughput technologies to expand the scope of biological investigations towards improving the health care quality and training new scientists. She lives on a houseboat on Lake Union where she enjoys swimming, biking and tree-climbing with her three young children.
Marlyn Twitchell, Treasurer
is an independent legal and campaign consultant for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She has a long history of using her legal skills to protect the environment through her roles as the Executive Director of the Campion Foundation, Environmental Litigation Director of the National Audubon Society, and Associate Attorney at Earthjustice. She received her JD from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR. Marlyn joined the TFF Board in 2011.
Emily Cousins, Secretary
works in strategic communications for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading nonprofit organization that uses science, law, and policy to protect the environment. Emily has written extensively about climate change, clean energy, and public health for national publications and online platforms. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, Emily also writes about life after cancer and advocates for young survivors through Stupid Cancer and other organizations. Emily received her BA from Harvard University. She moved to Seattle in 2011 after living on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona, and now resides in Ballard with her husband and two children.
has over 30 years of experience in US natural resource land and marine conservation and energy policy. She is currently the US Arctic Project Director at the Pew Charitable Trusts which works to protect the Arctic Ocean and its marine life from rapid industrialization and increasing climate change. Prior to her work at Pew, Heiman managed the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, which works to protect one of the largest forest ecosystems on Earth. She previously served as the Secretary of Interior’s Alaska Senior Advisor. She was also Special Assistant to the Governor of Alaska on natural resources and oceans. Prior to that she worked as an aide to the Alaska legislature during the Exxon Valdez oil spill and was staff to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Commission. Marilyn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves on the board of the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Toxic-Free Future.
Dr. Jennifer Klein
joined the board in 2016 after more than a year of involvement with Toxic-Free Future. She is a family physician and the mother of two spirited kids. Dr. Klein is passionate about creating a healthy environment for her children and her patients. She earned her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing and biology from the University of Pennsylvania and Chapman University. Dr. Klein moved to Seattle for residency and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest! She enjoys being outdoors with her family, gardening, cooking, camping & hiking.
Roald Bradley Severtson
has worked as a software developer (14 years at Microsoft), as an environmental engineer (5 years at Landau Associates and Shannon and Wilson, Inc.) and as a teacher of mathematics and physics (5 years at d’Overbroeck’s College, Oxford). He trained at the University of Puget Sound, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago and identifies as an historian and philosopher of science. He is currently working on cloud-based big data technologies at Microsoft. Roald’s professional interests have impressed upon him that many of our current policies and economic practices are exposing us and our ecosystems to dangerous and immoral risks, and so he has spent the last ten working on the boards of environmental NGOs to advocate for these concerns (7 years at People for Puget Sound, 4 years at Friends of Cooper Island, and now at Toxic-Free Future). He has specialized in board governance and development and has engaged on technical issues dealing with the transport of contaminants and exposure to them. Roald joined the TFF Board in 2013.