Board

John McGarry

President & Treasurer

John moved to Seattle several years ago after a 25-year career as an investment banker in New York, Hong Kong, and Chicago. His most recent role was as a senior banker raising capital for US companies in the Healthcare, Consumer Products, and Retail industries. John was a Fellow in the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship program in 2015 and serves on the board of Sightline Institute.  He is an active investor in early stage clean tech and sustainability companies and is a member of E8, an angel investing group focused on clean tech.

Outside of his environmental pursuits, John has a keen interest in music and the arts. He is a former chair of the board and Life Trustee of Interlochen Center for the Arts, an arts educational and cultural institution located in Michigan. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

Ross Macfarlane

Vice President & Secretary

Ross is a climate and clean energy advocate who is a Director for the Sierra Club (National Board) and Climate Solutions, as well as the Clean Energy Transition Institute.  He is an Instructor at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, where he is a founding member of the Advisory Board.  Ross was a Senior Advisor at Climate Solutions, where he managed the Business Partnership Program, advocated for strong climate and energy policy, and helped lead the successful campaign to stop coal export facilities on the West Coast. Ross also led Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest, the first stakeholder roadmap for cleaner fuels to power the next generation of flight, and has worked with aviation stakeholders on cleaner solutions in Brazil, Singapore, and around the world.

Ross brings more than 35 years of experience working on public policy and environmental issues. He was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he managed the environmental law practice and represented a wide range of public and private clients. Ross also has extensive public agency experience at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Seattle Monorail Project, where he directed legal and environmental activities. A Northwest native, Ross is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Washington School of Law.

Jabe Blumenthal

Director

A Seattle native and resident, Jabe graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and went to work for Microsoft, designing the first version of Excel and becoming the company’s first Program Manager. In 1994 he left Microsoft to teach mathematics and physics at his alma mater, Lakeside High School in Seattle, where he was the Head of the Science Department until the end of the 2003 school year.

Since then he has served on the board and as chair of Climate Solutions for over 10 years, as well as on the board of the Bullitt Foundation, the Washington Environmental Council, and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.  In 2006 he co-founded the Washington Progress Alliance, serving on the board and as board chair and most recently helped found the New Hampshire Progress Alliance. He remains active in climate and clean energy advocacy and investing.

Kathleen Hebert

Director

Kathleen left her position as Vice President at Microsoft in 2003 to devote her efforts to environmental issues.  She has been an active partner in Social Venture Partners, serving on grant committees, the Advocacy and Policy Committee, and as a Lead Partner.  She is on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Washington and was a 2015 Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellow with a focus on Water Sustainability. Kathleen is a member of E8, an organization of early stage investors who share a mission to accelerate the transition to a clean economy through supporting new innovation, where she has served on the Screening Committee since 2017.  

Kathleen was with Microsoft from 1988 to 2003, where she progressed through various roles from marketing and strategic planning to Vice President of software divisions. During her tenure in Microsoft Office, she was part of the leadership team that grew the Office product line from $100M to a business of over $5B in revenues. Prior to Microsoft, Kathleen was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, working with a number of Fortune 500 businesses including machine tool robotics and construction materials.  Born in a Midwest farming family, Kathleen received a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Bonnie Frye Hemphill

Director

Bonnie Frye Hemphill helps business leaders advocate for practical and profitable solutions to climate change.

Most recently, Bonnie has been opening new markets for solar in the northwest through policy, thought leadership, and business development. Bonnie’s career started at with the northwest nonprofit Climate Solutions, and has also included the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine.

When Bonnie isn’t on a roof or testifying for solar legislation, she’s outside pursuing adventures with friends, dogs, and her extremely cute toddler.

Bonnie holds a BA from Middlebury College and a masters from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale, she worked for the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and helped teach a masters-level course on grassroots campaigning.

Liz Thomas

Director

Liz is a partner in the K & L Gates Seattle office and a member of K&L Gates' Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice. Her national legal practice concentrates on a range of matters related to energy and water regulation, transactions, and project development.

She focuses on regulatory matters in mergers, asset acquisitions, and other transactions; licensing, re-licensing, and compliance for hydropower facilities; siting, permitting, and development of renewable and traditional energy facilities; conducting litigation involving energy facilities, water rights and rates, and advising clients on public policy issues.

Liz received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa, and her law degree from Harvard Law School cum laude. She received the Best Lawyers' 2012 Seattle Energy Law Lawyer of the Year award and is the author of numerous presentations and articles on a wide range of energy issues related to her law practice.