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November 19, 2018: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities announces new executive director

posted Apr 8, 2019, 12:23 PM by Simon Bakke   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 12:23 PM ]
BELLINGHAM, WA — RE Sources for Sustainable Communities announced last week that their board of directors has hired a new Executive Director to lead the organization beginning December 3, 2018. Shannon Wright, the chosen leader, has been a Whatcom County resident for 11 years, and comes to RE Sources with experience in environmental activism, diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational development, international coalition building, and team leadership.

“Shannon brings a collaborative approach to building coalitions and teams, with a strong track record in advocacy strategy, ” said Charlie Maliszewski, RE Sources’ board president. “We couldn’t be more excited to have her strategic mind and visionary leadership guiding RE Sources into an exciting new chapter.”

Wright is the former ED of Communitywise Bellingham, one of the organizations that raised awareness of the risks of the proposed GPT coal terminal. She has also helped develop strategy to bolster the BALLE movement for localized economies; advanced clean energy solutions with Greenpeace; addressed deforestation and supported Indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest; and advocated for women’s rights in Andean farming communities with CARE International.

“Northwest Washington is awe-inspiring, filled with stunning landscapes, rich ecosystems and vibrant communities. While we we are at forefront of environmental protection and sustainability, we also face growing threats from polluting industries, climate change and rapid growth,” said Wright. “I am honored to join RE Sources and work with our dynamic community to protect this corner of the planet we all love.”

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a nonprofit environmental education organization founded in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling, the group responsible for curbside recycling in our state. According to their website, RE Sources “empowers the people who live here to do all they can to protect our home, by providing individuals with the tools they need to safeguard our marine waters, fresh waters, and air.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Coughlin, Communications Director,, (360) 420-4144

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RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization in Bellingham, WA dedicated to protecting the health of northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy, and action. For more information, visit