Board of Directors

James Wise (President)

Dr. James A. Wise is retired after a 40-year career in academia, business and at a US government national laboratory.

He received his BS. and Ph.D. in Mathematical Psychology at the University of Washington, and focused on the design of built environments to better fit people and nature. 

He’s lived in Richland since 1990, where he worked for PNNL, WSU-TC and the Richland Office of the DOE teaching and developing Sustainability practices.

Open (Vice President)

Bill Barlow (Secretary)

Bill has a Bachelor degree in Political Science and his Masters degree in City & Regional  Planning. His first full time job was building artificial arms and legs for a prosthetics clinic in Downtown Cleveland and he joined the City of Baltimore as a transportation planner after building a Commune in Marin and running Red bus Recycling in North Carolina while working full time on the Nuclear Freeze Campaign. 

He joined the Canadian Peace Corp and began a long career of International Development, working on various projects in Indonesia, Zamboanga, Port of Cagayan de Oro and Bangkok.

In the USA he has participated in the Puget Sound Smart Card procurement, dedicated short-range communication protocol for the 5.9Ghz spectrum, the first Diversity Program for Community Transit and ‘future-proofing cities’ by developing hurricane response, preserving perishable food by installing flash freezers and much more.

Alison Cable (Treasurer)

Alison is a native of the Tri-Cities, with over 20 years experience working for non-profits and local government in program management, outreach and education, and community affairs.  She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies Education but became a Deputy City Clerk instead of a teacher.  Citizen engagement and resource conservation became her passion so she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.  She established successful waste prevention education programs throughout the Portland Metro area before returning to the Tri-Cities to be closer to extended family.  She manages the Tri-Cities region program for Futurewise that focuses on progressive and equitable land-use policy, stormwater pollution prevention, and environmental quality.  She loves hiking, swimming and watching her two boys play sports.

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