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CEREO External Advisory Board

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board was established to help guide the Initiative and shape the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) response to our mission. Comprised of high-level members from industry, non-government organizations, academia, and think tanks, and chaired by Craig Curtis, the External Advisory Board provides high-level strategic direction for the initiative and reviews CEREO progress. The Board meets bi-annually.


Tim Crosby

Director, Slow Money Northwest

Crosby is the director of Slow Money Northwest, an organization that catalyzes investment and business engagement opportunities to strengthen the Pacific Northwest’s sustainable food economy. Prior to working with Slow Money Northwest, Crosby coordinated the development of the Puget Sound Food Network and helped develop the Good Food Coalition. He’s also on the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network. He holds a MBA in sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

(206) 300-9860

Craig Curtis

Partner, The Miller Hull Partnership

Curtis is a partner at The Miller Hull Partnership, an architectural firm that designs public, private, residential, commercial, and industrial facilities and firmly believes in social responsibility in public architecture. Prior to working for Miller Hull, Curtis received two bachelor’s degrees in architecture and construction management from WSU, attended the Danish International Studies Program in Copenhagen, and worked for the Austin Hansen Fehlman Group in San Diego.

(206) 682-6837

John Plaza

Founder and CEO of Imperium Renewables

Plaza is the president, CEO, and founder of Imperium Renewables, a company that is continually developing proprietary technology and processes across the biofuel value chain. Plaza has also worked as a commercial airline pilot and acted as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative Americas and a contributor to the Sustainable Alternative Fuels for Aviation Expert Group.

(206) 254-0203

Scott Exo

Principal, Scott Exo Consulting

Exo is the principal of Scott Exo Consulting, which provides research, analysis, and strategic consulting to nonprofits and good and agricultural businesses. He has over a decade of experience in sustainable agriculture, third party certification, and values-based food marketing. Exo attended the University of Hawaii, where he earned his two master’s degrees in geography and regional planning.

(971) 270-0017

Bruce Howard

Director of Real Estate & Environmental Affairs, Avista

Howard is the Director of Real Estate & Environmental Affairs for Avista Corporation in Spokane. He has extensive experience in the private and public sectors of environmental management, business development, and communications. He received his bachelor’s from Cornell University and his master’s from the University of Texas: Austin.

David Lahaie

President, Evergreen Recycling, Inc.

Lahaie is the President of Evergreen Recycling, Inc., a company that delivers turn-key sustainable solutions for byproducts of manufacturing industries. This includes petroleum refining, steel making, primary aluminum production, pulp and paper production, cement manufacturing, and more. Lahaie earned his bachelor’s in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and worked as a manager of business development for Burlington Environmental, Inc. and as an eingeer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Scott Miller

President, Resource Media

Miller is the president of Resource Media, a non-profit communications firm that works to broaden the base of support for policies and actions that will promote healthy, just, sustainable, and prosperous communities. Prior to joining Resource Media Miller worked as a television journalist, winning three Emmy awards and the recognition of the Associated Press, the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Miller earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.


Kelly Ogilvie

CEO and Co-Founder of DeepCell

As a long-time entrepreneur and lover of science and technology, Kelly has both founded and led a variety of Seattle-based companies throughout his career, from Blue Marble Biomaterials which converts organic biomass into renewable specialty chemicals, to Quemulus a social saving and payment platform, to a full-service digital marketing agency named Milli.
Most recently Kelly worked as senior policy advisor to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on economic development strategy, job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, and promoting a thriving economic climate in Washington. Kelly served as Deputy Director of Community Relations for Seattle’s Office of the Mayor under Greg Nickels, he was Director of Government Relations for the Greater Seattle Chamber Of Commerce, and was also a 2013 Delegate for the US-Japan Council.

Peg Staeheli

Founding Principal, SvR Design Company

Staeheli is a founding principal with SvR Design Company, an integrated practice that brings together landscape architecture, civil engineering, and applied ecology. She is a registered landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional and earned her bachelor’s in landscape architecture from WSU.

(206) 223-0326

Don Stuart

Principal, Stuart Consulting

Stuart is a principal of Stuart Consulting, a firm that assists with public policy relating to agriculture and the environment. He is also a writer and frequent speaker on agriculture and environmental issues. Prior to joining Stuart Consulting, Stuart was the Pacific Northwest regional director for American Farmland Trust and the executive director for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts. He received his law degree from the University of Washington.

(206) 860-7757