Tools to Keep Farm in Farming

Tools to Keep Farm in Farming Panel:



Spencer Easton   

                                 
Title: Planner
Organization: Environmental Science Associates
Spencer is an environmental planner with over eight years of professional experience in environmental impact analysis, flood hazard management, and intergovernmental facilitation. Spencer currently facilitates the Pierce County Strategic Conservation Partnership and the Puyallup Watershed Farming in the Floodplain Project Technical Advisory Group. He also facilitates and supports collaborative initiatives on topics ranging from agricultural conservation, agricultural viability, climate change, and flood risk reduction.           

Brian Cochrane

Title: Habitat and Monitoring Coordinator
Organization: Washington State Conservation Commission
Brian Cochrane is the Habitat and Monitoring Coordinator for the Washington State Conservation Commission.  He graduated from UC Davis with a Wildlife and Fisheries bachelor’s degree and has since worked in the natural resources field for Idaho Fish and Game, private consultants in California, Idaho DEQ, US Army Yakima Training Center, and Yakima County’s Flood Control and Stormwater programs.  Brian brings his habitat monitoring and restoration experience to the CREP program, coordinates salmon restoration efforts, GIS, and stormwater activities. 

Ricky Adams

Title: Relationship Manager/AVP
Organization: NW Farm Credit Services
Ricky is a Relationship Manager in Northwest Farm Credit Services’ AgVision program, which provides loans to young, beginning, or small farmers, ranchers, and commercial fishermen. Northwest Farm Credit Services is a customer-owned cooperative and the largest agricultural lender in the state of Washington.

Doug St. John

Title: Financial Advisor
Organization: Waddell &Reed
Doug supports people in living expansive lives by developing financial strategies for families, individuals, and small businesses.  Listening is the start of a solid understanding and Doug begins conversations by listening to each person’s unique situation, whether it’s about saving for a child’s education, planning for a vibrant retirement, or thinking about one’s legacy for following generations.  Doug engages with his clients to develop sophisticated yet understandable strategies, so clients can be confident in the direction they’re headed in pursuit of their financial goals. 

Doug applies what he has learned from his career experience with strategic planning, investment evaluation, asset due diligence, technology research, construction engineering, and business development.  He has worked with small, family companies and large Fortune 500 companies.
 
Doug is a native of Seattle, and as a graduate of the University of Washington, a third-generation Husky.  He lives with his family in Seattle.  He enjoys the natural surroundings of Seattle as a bicyclist, hiker, kayaker, and amateur photographer.




Facilitators:
Jordan Rash, Forterra
                     Ryan Dicks, Office of Sustainability, Pierce County