The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is comprised of nine citizen members, each appointed by the governor.
Serving on the Commission
Commission appointees are subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Members are official upon appointment and serve as voting members while awaiting Senate confirmation.
Under current state law, the Commission must include three members from west of the Cascade Mountains, three members from east of the Cascade Mountains and three “at-large” members who may reside anywhere in the state. No two Commission members may reside in the same county (RCW 77.04.030).
Each commissioner is appointed to serve a six-year term. If a member resigns before the term expires, the governor appoints a replacement within 60 days to complete the remainder of the term. Incumbent commissioners may be reappointed by the governor to serve additional terms.
Commission members typically work two or three days a month attending public meetings, most of which take place in Olympia, and participating in telephone conference calls.
In addition to regular Commission meetings, each member serves on one or more Commission subcommittees, focusing in-depth on individual fish and wildlife issues. These committees, each comprised of four Commission members working with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff, generally meet in conjunction with regular Commission meeting dates or via telephone conference call.
Commissioners are paid $100 per workday, and are reimbursed for travel expenses (meals, mileage, and lodging) in the same manner as state employees on work assignment. The Commission elects a new chair and vice chair every other year.
If you are interested in serving on the Commission, visit the Governor’s Office website for more information and access to the online application tool or contact the governor’s Boards and Commissions Office by telephone at 360-902-4110.
Larry Carpenter, Mount Vernon
(Western Washington position, Skagit County)
Occupation: Retired business owner
Current Term: 01/2017 - 10/31/2020
Larry Carpenter was appointed to the Commission in December of 2011. He was elected as vice chair of the Commission in January 2015 and was elected as chair in January 2019. He brings to the Fish and Wildlife Commission both a commercial and recreational interest as a lifetime outdoor enthusiast and the retired President of Master Marine Services, Inc.
He has participated in the North of Falcon process, for over 20 years, setting annual salmon-fishing seasons. Carpenter served on the Southern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission, founded by Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Also, he has been a member of The Board of Trustees for the Northwest Marine Trade Association since 1991 and served as Chairman of the Board in from 1998-2001.
From 1966-1969 Carpenter served in the Naval Branch of the United States Armed Forces. He was primarily located at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.
Commissioner Carpenter holds one of the 3 Western Washington positions. He resides in beautiful Skagit County where he is an avid gardener and enjoys trying his hand in the kitchen frequently.
Barbara Baker, Olympia
(At-large position, Thurston County)
Occupation: Attorney/Retired Administrator
Current Term: 01/17/2017 - 12/31/2022
Barbara Baker was appointed to the Commission in January 2017 and was elected as vice chair January 2019. She is an attorney who retired from a long career in the state legislature in order to devote the time and energy necessary to fulfill the requirements of this important appointment. Barbara’s most recent job was as an administrator, serving as Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives for 10 years. Prior to that, she was Policy Director to the House Democrats and also functioned as a researcher on policy and state budget issues. Her professional career began working at McKinley (now Denali) National Park in Alaska and also on the Alyeska pipeline. She comes from a ranching family in Texas and for many years raised Haflinger horses and Romney sheep as well as two daughters, now grown with children of their own.
Commissioner Baker is an avid outdoorsperson, spending all of her free time hiking, camping, biking and especially kayaking in Alaska, BC and Washington. She loves music and currently lives on a houseboat on Puget Sound.
James "Jim" R. Anderson
(At-large position, Pierce County)
Occupation: Retired Administrator
Current Term: 07/24/2019 - 12/31/2024
James "Jim" R. Anderson was appointed to the Commission in July of 2019. Jim is a life-long resident of the state, and lives near Buckley in rural Pierce County, very close to land his grandparents bought in 1912 and that is still in the family today. He graduated from Washington State University in 1974 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Masters of Science in Environmental Science (Rural and Regional Planning option) in 1978. He worked 35 years in professional natural resource management. He was the Executive Director of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission from 1985 to 2005, before retiring in 2010.
Commissioner Anderson has been and continues to be an active fisher, hunter and outdoor recreationalist. He started fishing when he was 4, and hunted since he was 10, and has had fishing and hunting licenses every year since. He is an avid backpacker, having hiked all of the 508 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington. A former mountaineer, he has climbed all the major volcanoes in the state numerous times, as well as many other mountains.
He has served on numerous boards and committees at local, state and federal levels. He has been Secretary of the Board of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and the Washington Water Trust for many years. He was a member of the US Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. He served for over two decades on the Enumclaw Regional /St Elizabeth Hospital Board. He has worked with many federal, state and local agencies and understands our governing laws, including treaty rights. He is well connected to tribal communities and values the work they do and the roles they have played in our state. He was a key participant and leader at the Timber-Fish-Wildlife Process, the Chelan Water Agreement, Shared Salmon Strategy, Hatchery Reform Coordinating Committee, and many other efforts.
He and his wife, Dianne Meserve have two children, Katie and Erik.
David Graybill, Leavenworth
(Eastern Washington position, Chelan County)
Occupation: Business Owner, FishingMagician.com LLC
Current Term: 03/23/2015 - 12/31/2020
David Graybill was appointed to the Commission in March of 2015. He is a life-long resident of Washington State, a graduate of the University of Washington, and lived and worked in the Seattle area before moving home to the Wenatchee area in the early 1990s.
Commissioner Graybill is an active angler and also dedicates much of his time to management issues of the fisheries Eastern Washington and specifically WDFW Region 2, and the Columbia River basin. He has served on the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement Board since its inception. He is also on the Citizen Advisory Board for the Upper Columbia Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Board. Dave was a founding member and active with the Ad Hoc Committee on Upper Columbia Recreational Fishing Group. He also has served for many years on the boards of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival and Friends of Northwest Hatcheries.
He is also involved in wildlife organizations such as the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association, and the Lake Chelan Sportsman’s Association. Plus, he's engaged with conservation organizations such as the Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and has been a member of the Coastal Conservation Association since it formed a local chapter in Wenatchee.
Commissioner Graybill also founded and helped organize youth fishing events in Rock Island Washington, Leavenworth Washington and Moses Lake. He was named Volunteer of the Year, by the Wenatchee WDFW office and the board of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, for his outreach and education efforts.
His business, FishingMagician.com LLC, is dedicated to providing current information on sport fishing throughout Eastern Washington. He is featured weekly in newspapers in Eastern Washington and on a regular basis in the Seattle Times sports section. As a result, he has a close working relationship with a long list of Federal and State agencies that impact sport fishing issues in Washington State, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Colville Confederated Tribes; Chelan, Grant, and Douglas County PUDs; and others.
Robert “Bob” Kehoe, Seattle
(At-Large position, King County)
Occupation: Executive Director, Purse Seine Vessel Owners’ Assoc.
Current Term: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2020
Robert “Bob” Kehoe was appointed to the Commission in July 2013. Bob is the Executive Director of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA), a commercial fishing trade organization based in Seattle. Prior to becoming PSVOA’s Executive Director in 2009, Bob served as PSVOA’s General Counsel beginning in 1997. He is a member of the Washington and Alaska Bar, and has practiced maritime law for more than 20 years.
Since 2001, Commissioner Kehoe has been involved in the Pacific Salmon Commission process as the U.S. Industry Representative on the Fraser Panel. Bob also served as a Washington Advisor to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission from 2004 to 2008.
Commissioner Kehoe received his JD from the University of Denver School Law, and an MS in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before attending law school, Bob worked as a research scientist at the SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine.
Bob lives in the Seattle Ballard neighborhood with his wife Deb and has two daughters.
(Eastern Washington position, Douglas County)
Occupation: Cattle Rancher/Farmer
Current Term: 07/24/2019-12/31/2024
Commissioner Linville was appointed to the Commission in July of 2019. She is from a fifth generation wheat and barley farm near Reardan, Washington in Lincoln County. She attended the University of Montana where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. In 2000, she began working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife biologist and a wildlife refuge manager. She was attending WSU, to get a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, when her father-in-law unexpectedly passed away, leaving his 100 year-old, 6,000 acre cattle ranch, near Wenatchee, Washington to her and her husband, David. Molly left her master’s program to attend to the ranch and has been running the cow/calf and haying operation since 2011.
Molly has worked with state legislators on issues such as; fire suppression in communities not served by a fire district, fire impacts on rangeland, environmental laws that have become too cumbersome for small family farms, the mental health crisis in farming communities and predator/livestock conflicts.
She currently serves as the Planning Commissioner for Douglas County, and sits on the school board for the nearby two room school that serves 25 students in Palisades. She previously served as a member of the State's Wolf Advisory Group (WAG).
In 2018, she was awarded the Redd Fund Award from the Society for Range Management for excellence in range management for her work in creating a curriculum on the importance of range land that is taught at fire refreshers across the State of Washington and in parts of Oregon. Her roots run deep in the State and she’s spent a career serving the beautiful landscapes and wildlife populations found here.
Donald "Don" McIsaac, Ph.D., Hockinson
(Western Washington position, Clark County)
Occupation: Retired Executive Director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council;
Current Term: 08/14/2017 - 12/31/2022
Dr. McIsaac was appointed to the Commission in August 2017. He served as the Executive Director for the Pacific Fishery Management Council from 2000 to 2016. After beginning his professional career with the then-Washington State Department of Fisheries and advancing through several positions over the course of 15 years, he worked for 10 years for the Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife prior to coming to the Pacific Council. He received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and his Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University.
Commissioner McIsaac has broad experience in fishery conservation and management policy development and implementation. In his capacity as Pacific Council Executive Director, he worked extensively with representatives from Federal, State, and Tribal agencies in implementing the Magnuson – Stevens Act, the nation’s pre-eminent marine fishery law. He also has experience in various international fishery management organizations and Chaired the Klamath Fishery Management Council from 1991 to 1999. In 2016, Commissioner McIsaac was presented the US Coast Guard Meritorious Service Award from Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt. He currently consults on a part-time basis on fishery related matters.
Commissioner McIsaac lives in the rural Hockinson area east of Vancouver, Washington with his wife Claudia. He enjoys all outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting, spending time with his extended family, and coaching baseball.
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Bellingham
(Western Washington position, Whatcom County)
Occupation: Dean Emeritus, Environmental Science, Western WA University
Current Term: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2020
Brad Smith was reappointed to the Commission in January 2015 and has served on the Commission since June 2009. From 1994 to 2012, Commissioner Smith served as Dean of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and is currently serving as Dean Emeritus. Commissioner Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Commissioner Smith served as chair of the Commission from 2015 - 2019.
His career includes three years as the first Director of the Office of Environmental Education for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, service as a Special Assistant to the administrator of the EPA and as Acting Associate Administrator for the EPA.
Commissioner Smith is currently a Trustee of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, past President of the U.S. Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and past chair of the Washington State Sustainability Commission.
Commissioner Smith and his wife, Daria, live in Bellingham.
Kim Thorburn, Spokane
(Eastern Washington position, Spokane County)
Occupation: Retired public health physician
Current Term: 01/23/2017 - 12/31/2022
Kim Thorburn was appointed to the Commission in March 2015. A retired public health physician, she is a life-long outdoorswoman. Commissioner Thorburn has devoted much time to wildlife conservation as a volunteer with agencies and nonprofit organizations. She has considerable experience with policy development, including a short stint as chair of the Washington State Board of Health. Commissioner Thorburn continues to pursue her interest in bioethics as a member of the Washington State University Institutional Review Board.
Commissioner Thorburn and her husband, Terry Allen, reside in Spokane and enjoy hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, bird watching, and wildlife photography.