Anne Shaffer

Anne Shaffer is the Executive Director & Lead Scientist of Coastal Watershed Institute

I was raised in a large family in a small town in eastern Washington ravaged by PTSD of post WWII. Wild lands, including rivers creeks and shorelines of the Pacific Northwest were a continued place of refuge and healing that led to my lifelong dedication to understand and conserve them. The solitude of wild intact remote coastal shorelines of northwest Washington provide rare moments of peace and healing.

After my first round of graduate school, my husband Dave Parks and I moved back to the Olympic Peninsula where we raised our two children. I returned to school to earn a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Victoria in 2017. As a family we continue to thrive in our dedication to fight for what matters. Looking forward my focus is to instill a passion in the next generation to do the same.

No surprise, that nearshore coastal of the NE Pacific are foundational for me-they have been my whole life. They are literally the connective tissue that link riverine and marine zones. They  provide refuge, rest, reproduction, growth, and transition for all our keystone species.

About the Coastal Watershed Institute

The Coastal Watershed Institute, a small place based environmental non-profit first formed with a small team of colleagues in 1996 with the mission to protect marine and terrestrial ecosystems through scientific research and local community, place-based partnerships. Over the decades we’ve led world scale initiatives to restore and protect nearshore ecosystems, including the nearshore restoration associated with the Elwha dam removals. This has included mobilizing on the ground conservation and restoration work that has resulted in over 40% of the shoreline restoration in the Salish Sea in 2017. Our work is now informing dam removals planning and actions worldwide. The work is not easy and the leadership has meant leading hard conversations-and often being a political target. Our unflinching motto? If things get hard you don’t quit-you just work harder.