Message from the Board of Directors of the Northwest Straits Foundation

Robyn du Pré, Executive Director of the Northwest Straits Foundation, has informed the Board of Directors that she will be resigning her position effective September 30, 2014 due to ongoing health challenges.  This decision will enable her to focus on healing, and spend more time with her family. The Board has reluctantly accepted her resignation.

During her time with us, Robyn's management skills, vision, and enthusiasm have helped make our organization an even more effective force in the protection and restoration of the marine resources of the Salish Sea.  She will be greatly missed.

Over the next few months, Robyn, the Foundation Board, and the Foundation staff will work together to find a worthy successor that will help us continue the good work of this organization.

Questions regarding this announcement or the work of the Northwest Straits Foundation may be directed to Jeff Ward, Board President, via email ( or phone (360-461-9604). The link to the formal job description for the ED position may be found below.

Jeff Ward, Board President, Northwest Straits Foundation

Northwest Straits Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Northwest Straits Foundation seeks an experienced leader with extensive knowledge of marine conservation issues, particularly those of the Salish Sea.  Strong expertise in non-profit organizational management, strategic planning, and fundraising is critical to the success of this position. The Foundation is funded through a combination of public and private grants, private donations and corporate sponsorship.

The formal job description for the Executive Director position can be found here.

Northwest Straits Foundation

The Northwest Straits Foundation works to protect and restore the marine resources of the Northwest Straits through restoration, collaborative stewardship, and community engagement at the local and regional level.

The Foundation is the non-profit partner of the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, a nationally recognized collaborative model for marine conservation of the Northwest Straits. We work in partnership with Northwest Straits Commission, the seven County Marine Resources Committees, community volunteers, tribes, federal, state, and local agencies, universities, as well as non-profit organizations and businesses to create a vibrant marine ecosystem— now and for the future.


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Northwest Straits Foundation
1155 N State St Ste 402
Bellingham WA 98225

Click here to see the Northwest Straits Foundation's 2013 annual report.

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