Lynn Best

Dr. Lynn Best, USA Commissioner

Lynn Best has a Ph.D in Zoology from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from MIT. Until her recent retirement, she led Seattle City Light’s award-winning environmental programs, as well as hydro licensing, and real estate. She oversaw City Light’s activities to protect the natural environment, address climate change, comply with regulations, and operate in a sustainable manner. Seattle City Light is recognized as a national leader in environmental stewardship. Under her leadership, City Light became the first electric utility in the country to become carbon-neutral (in 2005).

She also established City Light’s environmental justice program. She is known for her collaborative approach and working with stakeholders including tribes, agencies and non-governmental organizations to resolve environmental issues. The Skagit Project License Agreements were the first comprehensive settlement for a large hydro project and are recognized as a national model. The Skagit Project is the largest hydro project to be certified as Low Impact.

Appointed in July, 2020

Ecosystem Stewardship

Ecosystem Stewardship Committee

This committee focuses on a range of ecological studies including species assessment and monitoring programs, fisheries regulation, and vegetation management. The organizations that work with SEEC in this regard are Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the U.S. National Park Service.

Committee Members

  • Leo Bodensteiner
  • Matt Love
  • Peter Chapman

Richard Brocksmith

Richard Brocksmith, USA Alternate Commissioner

Richard Brocksmith is currently the Executive Director of the Skagit Watershed Council and joins us as alternate commissioner. Richard and four staff members support 44 member organizations in working to achieve sustainable fisheries in the Skagit RIver through education and habitat protection and restoration, particularly with respect to the recovery of Chinook salmon, currently listed as Threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Richard also serves as a City Council member for Mt. Vernon, focused on sustainable growth. He is deeply engaged with a number of citizen-based organizations working to conserve the natural resources of the Skagit Valley.

Appointed in July, 2020