Meet the Team

Coalition Staff Members



Christine Mahler

Executive Director

A Montana native, Christine relocated to the Seattle area after more than 8 years in the “other” Washington. She started at the Coalition as the Director of Philanthropy, and was appointed to the role of Executive Director in February 2018. Christine has led fundraising efforts for causes ranging from international affairs to money-in-politics reform, with a special emphasis on relationship management and working with broad ranging coalitions and boards. In her free time, Christine enjoys reading, playing and watching soccer, and exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, hiking and running with her dog by her side.

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Robert Sendak

Director of External Affairs

Rob graduated from DePauw University with a focus on Communications and Mass Media. He completed his Masters coursework at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington in June, 2014. With a broad range of professional experience including leadership roles in Major League Baseball, REI, Outdoor Camp Administration, and nonprofit management, Rob joins the Coalition staff with a passion for getting people outside recreating on our public lands and waterways. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a zest for exploring the natural resources that Washington State has to offer with his wife Jenn and new daughter Scarlett. Favorite outdoor location: Patos Island up in the San Juan Island National Monument.

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Danica Johnson

Communications Manager

Olympia-raised and UCLA-educated, Danica brings eight years of communications experience and a deep passion for outdoor recreation to the Coalition. After graduating, she spent four years working on low-income federal policy and communications in Washington DC. Since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, Danica has worked at the Washington State Legislature, as Public Relations Manager for an international vegan protein powder company, and as a yoga instructor. In her spare time, Danica enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, writing about social justice, and hanging out with friends and her dog General Gao.

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Program and Operations Associate

A Skagit Valley native, Betsy comes to the Coalition with a background of federal policy experience and a deep passion for the outdoors.  She began her career running a political campaign in Northwest Washington then spent six years in the ‘other’ Washington as a policy advisor in the US Congress.  After moving home to the Pacific Northwest, Betsy worked as a chef and a yoga instructor before making her way back to policy and advocacy work.  In her free time she loves to explore the mountains through hiking, backpacking, skiing, and climbing.

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