The Director's Office provides strategic direction and operational oversight for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) employees throughout the state, working to turn policies adopted by the state Legislature and the Fish and Wildlife
Commission into action.
Kelly Susewind joined the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as director in August 2018, after spending 28 years
at the Washington Department of Ecology.
A lifelong outdoorsman and longtime resident of Washington, Susewind oversees 1,800 employees throughout the state, tasked with
fulfilling WDFW's mission of conserving fish and wildlife and providing sustainable recreational and commercial
Susewind grew up in Aberdeen, and graduated from Grays Harbor College with an associate's degree in engineering before
receiving his bachelor's degree in geological engineering from Washington State University. After spending several years working
in the private sector in Alaska and Seattle, Susewind joined the Department of Ecology in 1990.
Susewind served in numerous roles during his time at Ecology, including as manager of the Water Quality Program and, most
recently, as director of administrative services and environmental policy.