Catalyzing more inclusive and equitable approaches to land conservation and natural infrastructure investments across Puget Sound.

  • Convening – across multiple sectors, geographies, and disciplines to better align and prioritize equitable and just allocation of conservation resources.


  • Creating – information, resources, tools, and processes to catalyze a truly multicultural coalition grounded in equity.


  • Facilitating – new approaches to how traditional conservation organizations engage with community-based organizations to address capacity gaps and other barriers in achieving more equitable natural infrastructure investment outcomes.

Tracy Stanton

Executive Director

Tracy brings 20+ years of experience in environmental policy, program development and conservation finance strategies to catalyze effective and equitable conservation policy, strategies, and innovative funding opportunities across Puget Sound. Her inspiration traces back to growing up in rural Ohio where she spent time outdoors enveloped by the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Living in the Pacific Northwest since 2009, it’s the people, landscapes and communities across Puget Sound that inspire her work to ensure future generations have access to what makes this place so unique.

Zan McPherson

Communications Consultant

Zan’s local involvement in sustainability organizations and initiatives – from conservation to green building to waste management – makes her a valuable asset to the Emerald Alliance team. Zan focuses on building operational and communications infrastructure to strengthen and sustain the Alliance network. Primary projects include implementing a contact management system, redesigning website content, managing monthly e-newsletters, and curating social media content. Zan also supports research and planning initiatives that help the Alliance facilitate equitable investments in regional open spaces.

Dr. Sean M. Watts

DEI Advisor

Sean is the owner of SM Watts Consulting – empowering communities to drive environmental and land use policy and helping historically white-led organizations move from awareness to action to create an equitable and inclusive environmental movement. Sean is also founder of the Community Land Conservancy, a founding member of the Council on Community-Centric Fundraising and the University of Washington’s Nature and Health Working Group.


We are deeply grateful for the contributions of our founding Advisory Committee members: Dale Blahna, Addie Candib, Aaron Clark, Hannah Clark, Kitty Craig, Ara Erickson, Victoria Garcia Tamayo, Erika Harris, Abby Hook, Scott Miller, Michael Murphy, John Owen (Rest in Peace), Kristen Ragain, Cary Simmons, Skip Swenson, Sean Watts, Kathleen Wolf. Their expertise and thoughtful guidance to EA’s early strategic planning is a lasting legacy.

The EA leadership is grateful to have seed funding and support to build and launch this important new collaborative effort in central Puget Sound. We acknowledge the core financial support of the Bullitt Foundation and other funders (present and past): The Boeing Corporation, The Russell Family Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, The Network for Landscape Conservation, The Charlotte Martin Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Washington Farmland Trust, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Stewardship Partners, and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities.