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Guy Norman, Chair, Washington
email | 360-816-1173
Guy Norman was appointed to the Council by Washington Governor Jay Inslee in September, 2016. His term expired January 2020, and he was reappointed through January 2023. He has worked with the fish and wildlife resources of the Columbia River basin since 1977. He retired in 2016 after 33 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) where he had been the Southwest Washington Regional Director since 2004. Guy also spent three years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) as the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Director during 1999-2002 and was a private consultant for two years working on Columbia basin fish recovery projects before returning to WDFW in 2004.
For over 20 years he represented either WDFW or ODFW on the U.S. v. Oregon Policy Committee and the Columbia River (fishery) Compact. He has also been a state representative in domestic and international fisheries forums, including the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and the North Pacific Anadromous Fishery Council. Guy has also been a state participant in several NOAA ESA forums, including the FCRPS BiOp Regional Implementation Oversight Group. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology.
Jeffery Allen, Idaho
email | 208-947-4080
Jeffery C. Allen was appointed to the Council in March 2019 by Idaho Governor Brad Little. Prior to his appointment, he directed the Idaho office of the Council for 10 years, where he established and continues to maintain relationships with the people and organizations in Idaho that deal with issues the Council addresses in its planning activities, including protecting and enhancing salmon, steelhead, and resident fish affected by hydropower dams, water allocation, and ensuring the Northwest has a reliable and affordable electric power system.
Before managing the Council’s Idaho office, he worked for the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, where he advised Idaho’s effort to coordinate all state policies relating to the Endangered Species Act and led Idaho’s efforts to delist the wolf and establish a compensation fund to pay for livestock lost to wolves. Earlier, Mr. Allen served as the State Director of Natural Resources for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo. Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Brigham Young University. He lives in Star with his wife, Annette, and four children.
Ginny Burdick, Oregon
email | 503-229-5171
Ginny Burdick, a fourth generation Oregonian, grew up in Portland and attended Chapman and Bridlemile elementary schools and Woodrow Wilson High School (now renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.
Burdick worked for 10 years as a reporter and editor in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C., specializing in environmental and energy policy. She switched from journalism to policy work in Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s and worked in the energy industry as a consultant and employee in Washington and Los Angeles for five years. Upon returning to Oregon in 1984, she continued her policy work and worked on political campaigns before starting her own business in 1989, specializing in crisis communications.
In 1996, Burdick was elected to an open Senate seat and has continued to serve in the Senate since 1997. She has chaired several committees, including Judiciary, Rules and, most recently, Finance and Revenue. She was elected Senate President pro tempore in 2011 and served until 2015, when she was elected Senate Majority Leader. She held that job until 2020. She was appointed to the Council in November 2021.
Burdick lives in Portland and has a grown daughter and a very spoiled cat named Tucker.
KC Golden, Washington
email | 360-816-1172
Golden was senior policy advisor at the non-profit public interest group Climate Solutions from 2002-2018. He directed Washington’s energy policy office as Assistant Director in the Department of Community Trade and Economic Development in the mid-1990s. In the late 90s, he served as special assistant to the mayor of Seattle, working on clean energy and climate protection initiatives at Seattle City Light. Prior to his public service, he was executive director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a broad-based organization formed to represent the public interest in the implementation of the Regional Act that established the Council. He was appointed to the Council in March 2022 through January 2025.
Golden is a leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of Evergreen Action and 350.org. His utility experience includes helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s and serving on the executive board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium.
Golden earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master's in public policy. In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for achievement in public policy based on his work in Northwest energy policy.
Golden lives with his wife Kristi Skanderup in the Methow Valley of North Central Washington. His adult daughter and son live in the region and often share the family home. The Methow is like a little bit of Montana in Washington, a landscape and community distinguished more by its place in the Columbia River Basin than by state jurisdiction – a good place to think and act regionally.
Douglas Grob, Vice Chair, Montana
email | 406-603-4014
Doug Grob was appointed to the Council by Governor Greg Gianforte in January 2021. Grob was born, raised, and educated in Montana. An honors graduate of the University of Montana, Doug intended to attend law school, but a chance encounter ended in an offer to teach high school as a landed migrant in Australia.
Arriving in Australia, Doug was sent to Nyngan, New South Wales, as a teacher. Following that, Doug hitchhiked west from Sidney to Perth, crossing the Nullarbor Plain. Then, in central Western Australia, he worked constructing earthen dams by bulldozer on newly acquired large homestead grants.
Returning to Perth, Doug contacted a friend and fellow American, and they both bought cruise ship passage from Sidney to Auckland, New Zealand. With only 10 days to cross the 2,500 miles from Perth to Sydney, they hitchhiked back across Australia, arriving 11 hours before the ship sailed.
Arriving in Auckland, they purchased an older VW Beetle and toured both Islands of New Zealand for the next seven months with just two rules: never go faster than 45 miles per hour, and never pass any road that either of them pointed to as the way to go. They toured both islands extensively, hiked across the Southern Alps twice, and generally had a fine time until money issues forced Doug back to Australia to replenish funds. Once again in Australia, he operated heavy machinery, working on the construction of Australia’s first freeway between Sydney and Melbourne, then moved to Adelaide to work and finish saving enough money to travel to London and there decide if he would return to Australia or the United States.
He hitchhiked up the center of Australia to Darwin, spending a week at Ayers Rock and Alice Springs and another month in Darwin, where he purchased a flight to Bali, and then traveled by boat to Singapore, where he began the overland trek to London by bus, railroad, and on foot.
Reaching Bangkok, he stumbled on the filming of the Deer Hunter movie, was hired as an extra, and spent a month living on a floating hotel on the River Kwai. Leaving Thailand, he traveled to Burma (Myanmar now), India, and Pakistan. He arrived in Afghanistan the day after the Russians had toppled the Afghani Republic and was stranded in Kabul for two weeks due to the Shah having closed the border into Iran.
Once in Iran, he crossed into Turkey and then traveled from Istanbul into Europe and on to London, with a one-month hiatus in Switzerland with a Swiss friend he had met in the Hill Tribe region of Thailand.
In London, desperately trying to decide whether to return to the United States or Australia, he went to the movie “Oh, God.” The theater included a short film about St. Ignatius, Montana, and the Moise National Bison Range. Given that the Bison Range is located just 70 miles from his family farm, he figured the question of where he should return to may have been answered. Leaving the theater, he got on the London Tube, got off at the Piccadilly exit, went above ground, and purchased a ticket from London to Seattle, leaving the next morning.
Returning to the United States, he started a home-building company. Shortly thereafter, a recession caused him to enter the Alaska fishing industry. He worked in many areas of Alaska managing the design, materials management, construction labor, and building needs of the remote Alaska salmon-freezing and canning industry. After 20 years in Alaska, his last and favorite place and plant sold out to the Kodiak, Alaska, town plant, and the remote plant was closed. Doug decided to retire young, move back to Montana, and travel again.
However, before that could happen a former Montana member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and a former Montana Governor egged him on and convinced him to get involved in his local electric co-operative, which was in distress. He did, and this led to his extensive involvement in the Northwest power industry.
Over the next 20 years, Doug spent a good deal of time at both his utility and in Portland on regional power issues, culminating in serving on many committees and regional boards and attending many trade meetings from a broad interest in the Northwest and West Coast power industry.
Mike Milburn, Montana
email | 406-603-4016
Mike Milburn was appointed to the Council by Governor Greg Gianforte in May 2021. Milburn is a Montana native who was raised on a family cattle ranch in central Montana. He graduated from Montana State University with a geology degree. He married his childhood sweetheart and has three children and seven grandchildren. He is a retired Air Force pilot, having served on active duty and in the Montana National Guard. He served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives, his last term as Speaker of the House. Most recently he was the Director of the Montana Department of Justice and then served on Governor Gianforte’s executive team until his appointment to the Council.
Louis Pitt, Oregon
email | 503-229-5171
Louie Pitt, Jr., is an enrolled member of the Warm Springs tribe. He was born at the Warm Springs Indian Hospital in Warm Springs, Oregon and currently resides on the Warm Springs Reservation with his wife Jolene. He has four children.
In his career, Mr. Pitt has served on many tribal government committees, including the timber, recreation, land use planning and natural resources fisheries committees. He was appointed by his Tribal Council and Gov. Goldschmidt to the Lower Deschutes Management Committee, and both the John Day and the Metolius River Wild and Scenic River committees. He served the US Forest Service as a tribal educator on off-reservation Treaty rights and was appointed by both Governor Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski to the Columbia River Gorge Commission. He worked with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Civil Rights Advisory Committee and served as an advisor on Governor John Kitzhaber’s transition team, including working with the Commission on Indian Services.
Mr. Pitt served the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as the Director of Government Affairs for 24 years. He was appointed to the Council in November 2021.
Jim Yost, Idaho
email | 208-947-4080
Jim Yost was born in Rupert, Idaho and raised in the Magic Valley of Southern Idaho where he learned and applied knowledge of water, agriculture and natural resources. He graduated from the College of Southern Idaho in 1968 with an Associate of Arts Degree and then Boise State in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.
He was elected in 1972 to the Idaho State Senate at age 24, the youngest Idaho Senator/Legislator ever elected and served two terms. He owned and operated a dairy distributorship for a number of years in Wendell, Idaho and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 10 years. In 1988 he was named Assistant Public Affairs Director for the Idaho Farm Bureau and in 1991 was promoted to Public Affairs Director. In 1995 he worked for a time for the Northwest Power and Planning Council.
Governor Batt appointed Jim as his Natural Resources Senior Policy Advisor. He was retained by Governor Kempthorne from 1999-2006. He was retained by Governor Risch for his term. In 2007 Governor Otter retained Jim until the appointment to the Council in October. Governor Little retained Jim on the Council. His term expires January 2021.