• A headshot of Bruce Wishart standing in front of a leafy green plant.

    Bruce Wishart

    Government Affairs Specialist

    Bruce Wishart has served as a lobbyist for environmental groups in Olympia for the past 25 years. He currently operates a lobbying firm in Olympia, specializing in natural resource and environmental work. Prior to that he worked as Policy Director for People for Puget Sound. Bruce also served as a Staff Lobbyist for the Sierra Club from 1987 to 1999. Bruce is a graduate of University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. 1985) Bruce is an avid cyclist, putting thousands of miles on his bike during the dry portions of the year. He enjoys skiing in the winter months and spends time during the summer and fall surfing on the coast, fly fishing, and sea-kayaking in the Salish Sea.
  • Dan Von Seggern

    Staff Attorney

    Dan is an attorney as well as a former academic scientist.   He is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School (J.D., 2007) and of the University of California-Berkeley (Ph.D., 1994).  He joined CELP in 2015 after working in civil litigation and public defense.  Prior to his legal career, Dan spent 20 years working in chemistry, molecular biology and gene therapy.  As a third-generation Washingtonian, Dan grew up camping, hiking and skiing and developed a deep appreciation for the Northwest environment and our local waters.  He spends his spare time cycling, backcountry skiing, and sailing. To contact Dan, email him at
  • Kayla Magers

    Development & Communications Coordinator

    Kayla is a graduate from the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Development and a B.F.A in Photo Media. She is currently pursuing her Nonprofit Management Certificate with the UW. Kayla has a background in social media management, an interest in law, and a passion for environmental justice. Montana born and eastern Washington raised, she grew up in nature, camping, hiking, and enjoying days at the lake, and floating rivers. She believes in the importance of water as a source of life, a resource, and a spiritual connection. Contact her at
  • Nick Manning

    Water Policy Organizer

    A Seattle native, Nick joined the CELP team at the beginning of February 2018. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Policy from Colby College in 2016, and has since worked in Washington DC and Portland, ME on environmental initiatives from both the private and nonprofit sectors. Growing up in Seattle, Nick’s favorite activities included hiking and camping in the summer around Washington’s alpine lakes, and skiing in the winter. You can find him around town playing frisbee or music in city leagues or at the occasional coffee house on Capitol Hill. To contact Nick, email him at    
  • Ted Howard

    Legal Fellow

    A recently-minted attorney, Ted is with CELP on a one-year fellowship. He received a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.Phil. from the University of Oslo in Norway. Ted has previously worked with the Sierra Club, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe in South Dakota, and was a founding editor of the interdisciplinary environmental journal Tvergastein. Ted grew up surrounded by the natural splendor of Puget Sound, in Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. To contact Ted, email him at
  • Trish Rolfe

    Executive Director

    Prior to joining CELP, Trish Rolfe spent the last 10 years working on environmental policy issues in Alaska as Executive Director for Trustees for Alaska, and Alaska Manager for Sierra Club. She brings a deep background in and passion for environmental issues, and has extensive experience managing staff, budgets and campaigns. She earned her BA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog. To contact Trish, email her at