USA Alternate Commissioner

Richard Brocksmith

Richard has served as the Executive Director of the Skagit Watershed Council since 2013. SWC is a non-profit supporting 44 member organizations. They work collaboratively charting a course to sustainable fisheries in the lower Skagit Watershed by implementing strategic habitat protection and restoration actions, monitoring and adaptive management, and community engagement.

Richard has been working for over two decades in Puget Sound with diverse communities developing opportunities for creative solutions to difficult natural resource problems. Richard graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s Degree from the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science and started his career as a research scientist working in the Sacramento River, the Yellowstone River, Lake Washington, and Bristol Bay.

In 2017, Richard was elected to be the Council Member-At-Large for the City of Mount Vernon where his focus has been on increasing the capacity of the largest city in the Skagit Watershed to grow sustainably and to nurture its community while protecting irreplaceable natural resources in the Skagit Valley. Healthy cities make for healthy watersheds. He stays deeply engaged in the community through his work on the boards of several local organizations committed to natural and human resource conservation. He is married with a young family. They love to fish, hike, hunt for mushrooms, mountain bike, snowboard, and spend time with friends and family.

Appointed in July, 2020

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