Rebecca Benjamin grew up exploring the lakes, beaches and rivers of the Northeast. Some of her fondest memories are of rock-hopping up rivers for hours on end, exploring with her friends and resting in the sun by the roar of the water. Childhood curiosities about birds, bugs, trees and wildflowers led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. Armed with the skills to interpret the ecosystems around her and the passion for sharing her enthusiastic understanding of nature with anyone who would listen, Rebecca moved to Orcas Island, WA to be a kayak guide and naturalist. There have been many personal and professional adventures that finally landed Rebecca in Port Townsend, WA as Executive Director at the North Olympic Salmon Coalition where she has been since 2006. Rebecca is passionate about connecting people with the natural environment in meaningful ways, and believes this builds an appreciation of nature and a stewardship ethic in our communities. As a leader, Rebecca brings skills in interpersonal communication, strategic approaches to problem solving, and over a decade of working with non-profit boards.