Planning for the future.
Our strategic priorities unify our efforts as we mobilize communities to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea. Our priorities are not rigid or hierarchal—we use them as a compass to envision our efforts, make decisions, and measure success. They are our chart as we navigate what it means to be environmental changemakers in this region’s vivid and interconnected landscape of sea, shoreline, and life.
“What we pay attention to shapes our lives no matter what species we are. Plant roots sense and sidestep rocks before they hit them. Songbirds avoid tornados by listening for them from hundreds of miles away…”
— Elin Kelsey, from her book Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis
This is what we’re paying attention to …
Thoughtful strategy takes a village
To arrive at our final 2022 through 2025 strategic priorities, a planning process was led by professional facilitator, Maketa Wilborn, who led our Staff and Board in assessing the following:
- Current programs and staff capacity
- SPOT analysis: strengths, problems, opportunities, and threats
- Emerging local, regional, transboundary, and global issues impacting our work
We also gathered community input via:
- a strategic advisory group
- stakeholder interviews
- member and donor surveys
- a sector analysis
Carrying the strategies forward
These are some of our strategic priority milestones to date:
- We expanded our K-12 education programming and launched our virtual reality experiential science program, including underwater videos from across the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea.
- Our staff team developed a robust action plan that guides our work daily and used it as a compass in reporting success and accomplishments to the board of directors.
- We strengthened our team’s communications, legal, and advocacy expertise, which resulted in wins for Southern Resident killer whales and shoreline restoration.
- Our strategic plan helped recruit a new Executive Director, Eva Schulte, who now guides our staff team and board directors. Under Eva’s leadership, we continue to advance our organization’s strategic priorities, including systemic change in vessel traffic monitoring and safety, scientific research to understand recent declines in eelgrass better to reduce future losses of this vital habitat, and shoreline protection and restoration to help recover salmon and Southern Resident killer whales.
We are so thankful to the following individuals for their contributions, time, and energy in developing our strategic priorities!
Strategic Advisory Group:
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or want to learn more about our strategic priorities and process.