Agency leadership

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.  

Deputy Director

Photograph of Deputy Director, Amy Windrope.
Deputy Director, Amy Windrope

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

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Jeff Davis, 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, cost 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.

 

 

Director of Fish Policy

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Ron Warren, Director of Fish Policy

Ron Warren is the Director of Fish Policy where he oversees fishery policy, incorporating best available science, and sustainable practices covering the North Pacific, the Washington Coast, Puget Sound, and throughout the Columbia and Snake River Basins in Washington.

His administrative duties also include cooperatively managing fish and shellfish resources with the tribes across the state. He will also lead the department’s implementation of Fish and Wildlife Commission policies relative to fisheries management and hatchery operations. Ron began his career in 1979 and has served in a variety of positions in the hatchery division, human resources, regional management, and assistant director of the fish program prior to assuming his current role as Director of Fish Policy in 2019. Ron’s love for fish and shellfish came at the knee of his grandpa fishing for salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River every summer and digging razor clams with his dad and mom on coastal beaches. He enjoys camping across the U.S. and Canada and can be found walking golf courses with his wife everywhere they travel.

Director of Budget and Government Affairs

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Nate Pamplin, Director of Budget and Government Affairs

Nate Pamplin serves as the Director of Budget and Government Affairs, and oversees state and federal legislative affairs, public affairs, and the agency’s operating budget. He has been with the agency since 2006, and previously served for six years as the Assistant 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, kayaking, archery, sailing, shooting, and landscaping.

 

 

Eastern Region Director

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Steve Pozzanghera, 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

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Jim Brown, North Central Region Director

Jim Brown, the North Central Regional Director (Region 2) since 2013, has been with WDFW since 1992. He began his career as a Fisheries Patrol Officer for the former Department of Fisheries. He came to us with a background as a Deputy Sheriff having experience in fish and wildlife issues and crimes frequently encountered in the rural county where he had worked.

Since then, he served in 6 different geographic locations around the state with duties spanning from marine commercial enforcement work on the coast and Puget Sound, west side rivers, the lands and lakes of the Columbia Basin, and finishing his enforcement career as the supervising Sergeant assigned to Okanogan County. Jim is a native of Washington, having grown up in Clark County, and was raised to appreciate the outdoors and wildlife, learning to hunt and fish at an early age—hobbies he still participates in to this day. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington State University.

 

 

South Central Region Director

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Mike Livingston, 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

Alan Myers, the North Puget Sound Acting Regional Director (Region 4) has worked with WDFW in Enforcement since 2001.  He is currently the Enforcement Captain overseeing WDFW law enforcement operations and personnel in Region 4.  He has a bachelor’s degrees in biology and in sociology from the University of Washington.

 

 

Southwest Region Director

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Kessina Lee, Southwest Region Director

Kessina Lee, the Southwest Regional Director (Region 5), joined WDFW in 2018. As the policy lead and Director’s representative in the region, Kessina works in close coordination with each program, as well as 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 an aquaculture specialist for the Washington Department of Ecology. Before arriving at Ecology, Kessina was a Sea Grant policy fellow engaged in 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 a master’s degree in biology from Portland State University and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. In her free time, Kessina enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and her German shorthaired pointer.

 

South Puget Sound and Coast Region Director

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Larry Phillips, 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

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Eric Gardner, 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

 

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Steve Bear, 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

Currently vacant. Margen Carlson is serving as the Acting Director of the Habitat Program.

 

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.

 

Technology & Financial Management Director

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Joe Stohr, Technology and Financial Management Director

Joe Stohr, served as WDFW’s Deputy Director since 2007 as senior operations manager for the agency. He recently took on a new role as the Program Director for Technology and Financial Management. Joe manages about 260 staff involved in license marketing and sales, financial transactions and building a 21st century information and technology management system. . He also serves on the state’s Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.

Prior to his tenure at WDFW Joe worked for over 25 years at the Departments of  Ecology and Social and Health Services leading efforts in nuclear waste management, oil spill prevention and response, water resources, and as Senior Water Policy Advisor to the Ecology Director.

Joe received his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and his master’s degree in Radiological Sciences/Health Physics from the University of Washington. He was born and raised in Yakima Washington, and currently lives in Olympia.

 

Capital and Asset Management Program Director

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Tim Burns, 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.