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We are a team of thinkers, doers, optimists, pragmatists, strategists, cheerleaders and collaborators. And we work for you.

 

William D. Ruckelshaus

Strategic Director

William (Bill) Ruckelshaus’ distinguished career has spanned corporate boardrooms, government agencies and major non-profits. He was Chairman and CEO of Browning-Ferris Industries from 1988 to 1995, and served as Chairman from 1995 to 1999. Bill was Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serving as the Agency’s first Administrator when it was formed in 1970 and again as its fifth Administrator in 1983. He was later appointed acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and then served as Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Bill served as Senior Vice President for Law and Corporate Affairs for the Weyerhaeuser Company, and in the mid-1980s, he again served as EPA Administrator before joining the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie. 

In addition to his current board work, Bill is a former board member of Weyerhaeuser Company, Nordstrom, Inc., Cummins Engine Company, Solutia, Pharmacia Corporation, and Monsanto. Bill is also on the Board and former Chairman of World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., Chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for the State of Washington, Chair of the Seattle Aquarium Society, and former member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.

In 2004 he was appointed Chairman of The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, a collaborative problem solving institution of the University of Washington and Washington State University. In 2003 he was appointed to serve on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Science Advisory Board. And from 2005 until 2010, he was appointed by Governor Gregoire to co-chair the Puget Sound Partnership to organize the cleanup of Puget Sound. 

Bill is a graduate, cum laude, of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.