Be a leader in the movement for trails

The Leafline Trails Coalition is on a mission to connect the trails network across the Central Puget Sound region. Through trails, we seek to improve health, community, quality of life, mobility, and access for all. We are working together to maximize our collective impact, develop a shared map vision for trails, enhance user experience, grow awareness of the Coalition, and work together to fill gaps in the trails network.

Call for nominations

Leafline Trails Coalition is governed by the Leadership Group, where volunteer members make decisions, set our strategy, and tackle emerging issues for the Coalition. You’ll find more information about these roles in our Charter.

We are currently seeking nominations for the Leadership Group to develop our dynamic collective impact initiative, including the following Officer roles: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. Nominations received by Wednesday, July 21 will be considered by the Nominating Committee (Kitty Craig, The Wilderness Society; Brianne Blackburn, Pierce County Parks; Warren Jimenez, King County Parks; Kimberly Kinchen, Disability Mobility Initiative).

Thank you to our inaugural Officers!

We would especially like to thank our inaugural Chair Pete Mayer (Washington State Parks, formerly with Metro Parks Tacoma), Vice-Chair Joe Impecoven (REI), Treasurer Jean White (King County Parks), and Secretary Roxy Robles (The Bikery) for serving as our inaugural Officers. After their first year of service, we are marking some big personal and professional transitions (hello, new jobs, hello, retirement!). Please join me in thanking this group for their unwavering commitment to furthering our mission as Officers! With their leadership, we not only weathered a challenging year, but were able to grow, evolve, and make progress on our major goals.

How you can help

Consider whether you (or someone you know!) is passionate about trails and willing to serve on Leadership Group for this exciting new initiative. We seek a mix of experience from within the coalition and fresh perspectives from outside, including representatives of business, community organizations, and/or government.

Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged! Individuals should be willing to step forward and commit approximately 8 hours per month, including Leadership Group meetings every other month and quarterly convenings of the full Coalition. Vision, governance, networking, and diplomacy are important for the Chair and Vice Chair roles. Nominees for Treasurer should possess financial acumen, budgeting skills, and a sense of nonprofit governance and/or program management. For Secretary, we seek volunteers who are organized and able to delegate (it is their role to ensure accurate notes are taken at LG meetings, not necessarily to take notes each time).

Other capabilities that are particularly useful to our developing initiative include:

  • Awareness of nonprofit governance or organizational development
  • Budgeting or financial oversight experience
  • Fundraising skills
  • Lived experience related to trails including accessibility, community impacts, and usage
  • Strategic insights and awareness of local, state, and/or federal policy making processes
  • Willingness to tap into Puget Sound networks in support of Coalition goals, including major employers, local government, community organizations, environmental or public health sectors, and/or trail user groups

Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity to set our strategy, perform governance functions, and be on the leading edge to connect trails across Puget Sound.

Are you interested in serving on the Leadership Group and in an Officer role? Please reach out with questions and apply today.

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