Amanda Stanley

Executive Director

As COMPASS' Executive Director, I keep an eye on the big picture, providing leadership in mission, vision, and strategy. I support our amazing staff to excel as coaches, connectors, and conversation changers, as we work together to empower scientists to engage in the public discourse on the environment.

Prior to joining COMPASS, I was the Conservation Science Program Officer at Wilburforce Foundation, directing the foundation's efforts to provide science capacity to grantees and partners, empowering scientists to engage in management and policy, and ensuring that decisions are made with the best available science. Over my six years at Wilburforce, I developed new strategies and programs, including the Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science. My career began an ecologist doing research throughout western North America, studying topics such as the restoration of imperiled prairie habitats in the Pacific Northwest, the population viability of rare plants in Oregon, the impacts of biological control agents on invasive weeds in Montana. I received my PhD in Biology from the University of Washington and my BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. 

Outside of work, you may find me swimming long distances in the Puget sound or trying to grow tomatoes in soggy Seattle. My spouse and I enjoy chasing our energetic daughter around Washington's wonderful parks and beaches, encouraging a budding naturalist by introducing her to creatures scaly and slimy, and plants spiky and spiny. 

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