Welcome to CascadiaNow!

CascadiaNow! was founded in 2005 as a community organization to help raise awareness of Cascadia and bioregionalism and as a social movement organization to empower every person to be active about the issues they care about. After more than ten years, and watching great ideas struggle not because they weren't great ideas, but rather because every person has some needs they don't have access too - CascadiaNow! finally took the jump to becoming a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2015. In 2016, we launched our fiscal sponsorship program (which in non-profit terms means extending our tax status), making CascadiaNow! one of six umbrella non-profits in Washington state. Since starting in 2015, we have grown to an amazing team of seven, work with an incredible network of chapters and ambassadors across the Pacific Northwest, each raising awareness of Cascadia and working to shift our impacts locally, and have adopted more than 17 programs that each help the Cascadia bioregion in their own special way. 

Right now, we are excited to be exploring the transition of our organization to an entirely democratically run, non-profit co-operative, where supporters, ambassadors, chapters, and member programs all take leadership and mentor roles in building the movement we want to see. We hope you join us!


Our Mission

is to cultivate a resilient and inclusive Pacific Northwest community.

together, we envision

 a positive social movement for the unified Pacific Northwest with a recognizable culture of bioregional sustainability.

CascadiaNow! was formed as a 501(c)3 social movement organization to create a central hub of services and support that many ideas, and groups need, but very few have access too; and provide a transparent and accountable infrastructure that allows for democratic and horizontal self organization, and can build in an exponential growth curve as the movement grows.

Our work:

  • Educates and raises awareness of Cascadia & Bioregionalism, by giving presentations & building resources
  • Supports Ambassadors and Chapters that educate, build partnerships and affect change in their local communities.
  • Supports Project Leaders who host programs and events that helps improve the well being of the Cascadia bioregion and its inhabitants.
  • Provide a hub for communications and services for large scale mobilizations or campaigns that support the efforts outlined in our principles within the greater Seattle region.
  • Tables and Partners with other organizations, causes and events in line with our principles.

Board and Staff

Our board of directors is a voluntary board made up of awesome and caring folks driven by their motivation and love of Cascadia. Thank you for all your work!

Nate Jensen

Vice President

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Nathan is a special needs educator in Ephrata, Washington.  He has a B.A. in philosophy from Central Washington University and has been involved in Cascadia Now and Cascadia related events since 2010.  He has lived his entire life in the Cascadia bioregion and has a passion for cheering on athletes with connections to the area in many sports, also serving as the board treasurer for the Cascadia Association Football Federation. 

Tanner Colvin

Secretary

Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Tanner Colvin is a Computer Animation and VFX student living in Seattle.  While considering Seattle as his next place to go after studying at MSU for a Bachelor’s in History, Tanner started to uncover the uniqueness of the Cascadia bioregion and social movement.  Since relocating to Seattle in 2014, he has pursued an increasing interest in a positive, non-political, all-inclusive community in Cascadia and hopes to represent the bioregion by seeking out animation styles that are unique to its diverse culture.

Gwendolyn High

Treasurer

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Gwendolyn is dedicated to building effective and accountable teams and sustainable organizations through challenging, collaborative, and supportive leadership inspiring individuals to their highest
productivity and initiative. She co-founded Community Alliance to Reach Out & Engage and  is the Operations Manager for the American Heart Association - Puget Sound. Gwendolyn is passionate
about individuals' and communities' active engagement and collaboration in crafting public policy that builds the best possible future for Cascadia.

Jason Mical

Fiscal Sponosrship Officer

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Jason is a Creative Director with more
than 15 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and public
relations. He's worked for Cascadian brands like WizKids, REI, and
Microsoft, and global brands like Johnny Walker and PUMA. He moved to
Seattle in 2003; after two years living abroad he moved back for good
in 2009, realizing Cascadia was where he belonged. Jason is an avid
hiker and camper, an Eagle Scout, and active in local parks advocacy. He's currently sleeping very little due to a growing family, and can't wait to take his new baby on his first hike.
 

Nic Bowcut

Programming & Outreach Officer

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Nic is an avid Cascadian and engaged community member living in Spokane, WA. He is a founder of the Northeast Farmers Market, served as Chair to the Whitman Neighborhood Council, the Community Assembly and Transportation Advisory Board, and is the current Facility Services Coordinator for the NE Community Center in Spokane. He is a hockey enthusiastic, film and music buff, and has a wonderful wife Tiffany, a daughter Cassidy and a pit bull mix named Cody. He is passionate about creating awareness of Cascadia, and working to improve issues affecting the quality of life for Cascadians, and hopes that through his participating in the CN! Board, that he can allow for greater representation and action for Eastern Washington organizing.

Sammy Castonguay

Board Affairs Officer

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Sammy and his family currently live in Ontario, Oregon where he is the Integrated Science instructor at Treasure Valley Community College. Originally from South Dakota, he stumbled upon Cascadia through receiving his Master’s at the University of Oregon. Bioregionalism has interested Sammy for many years and is what led him to follow the development of CascadiaNow! movement over the years, even after taking his first teaching job across the country at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Having returned to the Cascadia region around a year ago, Sammy jumped at the opportunity to become a founding member of CascadiaNow! and take on a more active role by enthusiastically educating others about bioregionalism and seeking collaboration with other local groups to create a positive impact on the southeastern Cascadia community and beyond.  

 

Staff

Our staff is a part time team of friendly and kind people with a full time passion for non-profit organizations and Cascadia.

Brandon Letsinger

Executive Director

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Brandon Letsinger is the founder and director for CascadiaNow! He performs the day to day operations and works closely with the board of directors, outreaching with awesome people and building relationships with organizations and individuals throughout the region. It's his goal to build Cascadia as a powerful tool  for positive change in the Pacific Northwest.

Naomi Botkin

Associate Director

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Naomi grew up in Poulsbo, WA, and values her citizenship both of Cascadia and the whole world. She has studied in France, lived in an orphanage in Nepal, worked for the UN in Belgium, and written songs about all of it. Naomi holds a Masters of Public Administration from UW's Evans School of Public Affairs as well as a UW Certificate in Fundraising Management. She loves culinary adventures, reading long, classic novels, cycling, travel, and singing lead vocals with Seattle band Tigers in the Tank.

Joel Selling

Member Engagement Manager

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Rob Noble

Wholesale Manager

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Joel Selling, a Pacific Northwest native, has been involved with non-profits for over 25 years.  He has been a marketing instructor, whitewater rafting guide, park and recreation commissioner, consultant, and advertising account executive. His MBA and French degrees have helped restore a salmon-spawning creek running through his property. Joel has an irreverent, sometimes odd, sense of humor.  Farm chores, science fiction and classical music lower his blood pressure.

Rob Noble has a background in Sales, Marketing, and Product Development but is best recognized as a DJ/ Event Producer. For the past 15 years, Rob has been promoting music and multi-media art events throughout the Pacific Northwest. He’s a lover of all that is Cascadia and the communities that call it home.

Adri Hennessey

Store Manager

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Adri Hennessey

Adri is a Seattle transplant from Idaho and lover of all things Cascadia. She has a B.S. in environmental science from Seattle University and will soon begin candidacy for a master's degree in public administration. You can usually find her hiking the beautiful Washington mountains, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or playing with her sweet kitten Rhea!

Morgan McClanahan

Programming Manager

morgan@cascadianow.org

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Morgan is a midwestern transplant to Cascadia, which makes her appreciate and love the mountains, trees, and water even more. She has experience as a social justice activist, a grassroots organizer, and a coordinator of a local homeless shelter. She is working on her first documentary that centers on the Seattle homelessness and affordable housing crisis, which will attempt to reframe the way we see development, and captures the lived experiences of those within the Seattle community. Her passion lies in community mobilization and finding ways to get people active, passionate, loud, and creating change within their community through various mediums. 

 

Interns

Our awesome volunteer interns proudly learn about working at a small non-profit in their chosen field while fostering a deeper connection with their bioregion and their fellow Cascadians.

Mikey Callan

Sustainability Intern

 

Mikey is a sophomore at the University of Washington studying business and planning to Minor in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Born in the Cascadia region, he is interested in solving a wide range of inefficiencies and fostering sustainable business activities. Mikey's hobbies include: snowboarding in the winter, wakesurfing in the summer, and longboarding every day in between. At CascadiaNow!, Mikey will asses and quantify the environmental impact of all operations as well as develop new strategies to maximize sustainability and ensure ethical sourcing.