To help implement the policies of the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the WDFW department director appoints agency region directors, a policy director and a deputy director. Assistant directors manage agency programs under the direction of the deputy director. This team works collaboratively to provide WDFW services.
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Deputy Director Amy Windrope has been with WDFW since 2010 and previously served as the North Puget Sound Regional Director, Acting Deputy Director, Ecosystem Services Division Manager and the Columbia Basin Policy Lead. Amy has worked for 20 years at the junction of science, community and environmental policy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from of UC Berkeley and master’s degree from Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. In her spare time, she travels backroads of Washington on her motorcycle, sails the open water of Puget Sound and is an avid reader.
Director of Conservation Policy
Jeff Davis is the Director of Conservation for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jeff has served the program in multiple capacities for the past 18 years, most recently as the Habitat Program Director. He has a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Management from Central Washington University. Jeff also attended University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, where he studied Wildlife Management. Jeff has a deep passion for the outdoors. He is an avid outdoor recreationist and strongly believes in conserving nature for future generations to enjoy. Jeff has focused his recent efforts on recovering habitats important to listed species while working diligently to ensure that we adequately protect the healthy habitats we have today. He firmly believes that success must include a healthy environment, healthy people and a healthy economy.
Nate Pamplin serves as the Policy Director, and oversees public affairs, policy coordination, and positions associated with Southern Resident killer whale recovery, social science, and natural resource economics. He has been with the agency since 2006, and previously served for six years as the Program Director of the Wildlife Program as well as worked in policy positions in the Department’s Licensing Division and the Director’s Office. Nate has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a master’s degree in Wildlife Science, both from Oregon State University. Prior to joining WDFW, Nate worked as a wildlife biologist for the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona and as a marine mammal biologist for the Makah Tribe. In his spare time, Nate enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, shooting, watching wildlife, and landscaping.
Legislative Affairs Director
Tom McBride is the Legislative Director for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He joined the agency in 2019. McBride worked at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Later, he spent 25 years as the executive director of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Born and raised in Spokane, McBride attended Washington State University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Washington for law school. Between schools, he worked as an accountant and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. Tom is married to Jodi and has three children and a disreputable dog.
Eastern Region Director
Steve Pozzanghera is the Eastern Region (Region 1), Regional Director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Prior to taking the Regional Director position in Spokane, Steve served as the Department’s first Carnivore Section Manager working in the Wildlife Program in Olympia. He then became the Deputy Assistant Director of the Wildlife Program before making the move to Region 1. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science from the University of Tennessee. Steve enjoys hunting, fishing and preparing food to serve others – especially on a barbeque.
North Central Region Director
Brock Hoenes, the North Central Regional Director (Region 2), holds a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Sciences from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Brock started with WDFW in North Central Washington in 2008 and has worked as an ungulate section manager, an assistant district wildlife biologist, a district wildlife biologist, statewide WDFW elk specialist, and as the department’s deer and elk section manager.
Prior to moving to Washington, Brock worked for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on a variety of research projects focused on mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, cougars, black bears, and pronghorn.
South Central Region Director
Mike Livingston, the South Central Regional Director (Region 3) grew up fishing, hunting and playing in the forests of southeast Michigan. He received a bachelor’s degree in Conservation from Northern Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University and a master’s in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. Since 1996 Mike has worked in eastern Washington and held wildlife biologist positions with the Army’s Yakima Training Center, the Yakama Nation, and WDFW as District Wildlife Biologist in the Tri-Cities. In 2012, he was promoted to his current position as WDFW’s Region 3 Director. As Regional Director, he oversees operations in the region and gets to work on big collaborative conservation projects such as the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. When not working, you can often find him outside with his: family, friends, dog, shotgun, fishing rod, and/or backpack.
North Puget Sound Region Director
Brendan Brokes, North Puget Sound Region Director (Region 4), holds a master's degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1987. He served as the Habitat Program Manager in this region since 2015, after filling a decade-long role as the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager. Before arriving at WDFW in 2001, Brokes worked at Mount Rainier National Park as a researcher and biological technician in aquatic ecology. He also worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service monitoring foreign commercial fisheries compliance.
Southwest Region Director
Kessina Lee, the Southwest Regional Director (Region 5), joined WDFW in 2018. In her role as the Director’s representative in the region, Kessina works in close coordination with each program, as well as in collaboration with federal, Tribal, and local partners on implementing the WDFW mission of protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing opportunities for Washingtonians.
Prior to coming to WDFW, Kessina worked as the statewide aquaculture specialist for the Washington Department of Ecology. Before arriving at Ecology, Kessina was a Sea Grant policy fellow working on ocean and coastal issues with the Oregon Legislature’s Coastal Caucus and for the office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown. She also spent nearly a decade studying marine mammal strandings in the Pacific Northwest, as well as interactions between fish and sea lions on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Kessina holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in biology from Portland State University and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. In her free time, Kessina enjoys gardening, traveling, kayaking, and hiking with her German shorthaired pointer.
South Puget Sound and Coast Region Director
Larry Phillips has served as the South Puget Sound and Coast (Region 6) Director since 2016. Larry was first employed by the Department in 1996 as a Fisheries Technician collecting creel survey data on the Snake River.
In 1998 he was hired as a permanent employee by the Fish Program in Spokane and later transferred to Olympia to serve as the Area Fish Biologist for South Puget Sound. In 2007 Larry was promoted to District Fish Biologist. He remained in this position until 2015 when he was promoted to Inland Fish Program Manager with state-wide responsibilities. In 2016 Larry promoted to his current position. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston (Idaho) and a master’s degree in Fisheries Science from Eastern Washington University. Larry enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.
Wildlife Program Director
Eric Gardner has been the Assistant Director of the Wildlife Program since June of 2016. Prior to that, he held positions as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Wildlife Program and the Wildlife Diversity Division Manager. Eric came to WDFW in 2012 after retiring from a career with the Arizona Game and Fish Department where he held an enforcement commission while working in several different capacities in that agency. Eric has a degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Colorado State University. He enjoys many of the outdoor activities that are unique to the Pacific Northwest such as going out on razor clam digs, salmon fishing, and foraging for mushrooms, as well as turkey and waterfowl hunting.
Law Enforcement Chief
Steve Bear is the Chief of the law enforcement program. He has 29 years of law enforcement experience. A former Alaska State Trooper, he served over 10 years in the Director's Office as the Deputy Director and Director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Chief Bear is a graduate of the 219th session of the FBI National Academy and a U.S. Army veteran. He has been with WDFW since September of 2017.
Habitat Program Director
Margen Carlson is the Habitat Program Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, providing vision and direction for staff and operations in Olympia and throughout Washington. Margen has worked for the Department for nearly 18 years and has had the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation issues including salmon and recovery, maintaining habitat connectivity in developed areas, and marine nearshore protection and restoration in Puget Sound. She is passionate about collaborative and creative conservation approaches, and helping her teams and partners to be successful. Margen explores the outdoors with her husband and young daughter in Olympia, WA, and beyond.
Fish Program Director
Kelly Cunningham is the Director of the Fish Program where he directs and oversees all aspects of the program, including the Fish Management Division, Hatcheries and Science Divisions. Kelly began his career with WDFW in 2012. He brought with him over a decade of executive management experience. Kelly holds Masters degrees in Environmental Studies and Public Administration. He is a lifelong recreational fisherman and spent nearly 20 years as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, AK. Kelly resides in Olympia and enjoys fishing and spending time outside.
Chief Financial Officer
Morgan Stinson is the CFO, overseeing Licensing, Fiscal, Contracts and Purchasing, and Budget. He joined the state after leaving the Army, working in fiscal and budget roles at the Attorney General’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and at WDFW for over a decade in various roles. He has a Master of Accounting from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and is a Certified Government Financial Manager. He is thankful for the patience and good humor of his colleagues and works to repay it by supporting their efforts to preserve, protect, and perpetuate Washington’s fish and wildlife.
Capital and Asset Management Program Director
Tim Burns, the Assistant Director for the Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP). He has been with WDFW since October 2012 leads over 110 engineering and construction professionals in executing the agency’s $178 million capital budget development and management plan, engineering and construction services, public works contracting services, and asset preservation management. He previously served as the City Manager and Public Works Director for the City of Mill Creek from 2006 to 2012 managing the daily operations of a planned residential community over 18,000 citizens including public safety, public works, comprehensive planning, financial, and park and recreation.
Prior to his work with Mill Creek, Tim served 22 years as a U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer guiding engineering, construction, contracting and facilities management organizations supporting diverse military installations in the U.S. and overseas. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Washington, a graduate of the Leadership Snohomish County program, and holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree. in Civil Engineering from The University of Connecticut.