Membership and Roster

UFC Membership

The UFC is composed of nine members, four appointed by the Mayor, four appointed by City Council, and the ninth member is elected by the eight commissioners. The UFC positions are as follows:

Position #1 - Wildlife biologist, preferable with expertise in ornithology (Council appointment)

Position #2 - Urban ecologist, preferably with expertise in the field of restoration ecology (Mayoral appointment)

Position #3 - Representative of a local, state, or federal natural resource agency or an accredited university (Council appointment)

Position #4 - Hydrologist or similar professional, preferably with expertise in the study of natural drainage, climate or air quality, or a combination thereof (Mayoral appointment)

Position #5 - Arborist (Council appointment), with one or more of the following qualifications:
a. Board Certification as a Master Arborist or Municipal Specialist from the International Society or Arboriculture; or
b. Certification by the American Society of Consulting Arborists; or
c. Background and experience in Tree Risk Assessment from a credentializing agency or a professional organization

Position #6 - Landscape architect, with certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (Mayoral appointment)

Position #7 - Representative of a non-profit or non-governmental organization whose mission is to advocate for preservation or enhancement of urban forests, wildlife habitat or similar natural systems (Council appointment)

Position #8 - Representative of either the development community, including developers, builders, architects, or realtors, with experience in projects developed under Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), or a representative from a non-city utility (Mayoral appointment)

Position #9 - Economist, financial analyst, Washington State licensed real estate broker, or any other similar professional, with expertise preferred in land use planning, environmental planning, or either residential or commercial development (elected by appointed commissioners)

All positions serve without compensation, are confirmed by City Council, and have three-year terms after the initial round of appointments, which were staggered.

UFC Roster

UFC PositionCommissioner Name
1. Wildlife Biologist Steve Zemke
2. Urban Ecologist Donna Kostka
3. Natural Resource Agency or University Representative Gordon Bradley
4. Hydrologist or Similar Professional Peg Staeheli
Chair
5. Arborist Leif Fixen
6. Landscape Architect Tom Early
Vice-chair
7. NGO Representative Joanna Nelson de Flores
8. Development Community or Utility Representative Jeff Reibman
9. Economist, Financial Analyst, Realtor or Similar Professional Erik Rundell