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Sustainability Leadership Opportunities with the NBIS

Join NBIS’ outstanding team of volunteers! All volunteers are rewarded through the mentorship, training and connections they receive during their time with us. Working alongside our Executive Directors and Board members, volunteers benefit from our reputation and network as we engage a wide community of business, public-sector and non-profit professionals.

Current Volunteers

NBIS is pleased to introduce the outstanding volunteers and interns who are making significant contributions to our programs and projects.


Quintin headshotQuintin Barnes

Quintin Barnes is dedicated to promoting the Materials Exchange and By-Product Synergy that will help businesses compete while also reducing their environmental impact. He contributes experience and insight with environmental products, services, and public policy. Currently, Quintin manages the Washington Business Alliance’s Low Carbon Prosperity project. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science and a graduate degree in International Relations, where he focused on waste streams and international carbon offset markets in the Latin American landfill gas sector.

Nathaniel Blair-Stahn

Nathaniel Blair-Stahn is a member of the CRM project team, helping NBIS design and implement their Customer Relationship Management system. Nathaniel has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Washington, a background in computer science, and a permaculture design certificate. He is a founding board member of Salish Sea Cooperative Finance, a Seattle-area cooperative that refinances student debt and keeps capital invested locally. Nathaniel is passionate about creating a better world, solving problems, and designing systems that work.

Laura Lee Dootson

Laura Lee Dootson has joined the NBIS’ Marketing & Communications Committee with a special focus on marketing and event planning. Laura Lee is currently working as a Digital Marketing & eCommerce Manager as well as Corporate Communications Manager at Pacific Market International, while also planning and executing various events for the Seattle Seahawks. She earned her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington and has since gained experience running and facilitating a wide number of marketing campaigns and events centered around sustainability.

Joanne Frank

Joanne Frank is working on various NBIS marketing efforts, including website content development, and serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee. Joanne is an experienced marketing professional who has worked primarily in the high tech sector. She has extensive non-profit experience including: heading a student-run charity to raise funds for Special Olympics, volunteering with Conservation NW’s wildlife monitoring project, and with Taproot Foundation as a marketing manager on project teams providing pro bono consulting to local non-profit organizations tackling society’s most pressing issues.

Namitha Kumarswamy

Namitha previously worked as a sustainability advisor with Novozymes, a sustainability leader in the biotechnology industry. She worked with sustainability reporting and communications to various reporting frameworks (GRI, CDP, UNGC etc.), research houses (Vigeo, Sustainalytics) and investor groups (Dow Jones). She has also worked with customer and supplier scorecards, and modeling a framework for feeding sustainability trends into sustainability strategy. Namitha has a background in environmental management and has experience working with Life Cycle Assessments using SimaPro at Siemens Wind Power. She is passionate about the place for sustainability in business and how it can be integrated and managed to yield highly positive results for both business and the external environment at large. Namitha brings her experience and educational background to support NBIS’ events such as Breakthrough Seminars and the Sustainability Champions Roundtable.

Michael B. Maine

Michael Maine is another member of NBIS’ Marketing & Communications Committee. Founder and Creative Director of Menrva Labs, Michael helps develop strategic marketing strategy for socially conscientious initiatives. A true proponent of social entrepreneurship, he aims to merge business analysis with social objectives to make a positive impact on various communities. Before coming to Seattle to pursue his MBA at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Michael developed and implemented the international marketing strategy for an international law firm in Santiago, Chile. His experience encompasses work with a number of non-profit organizations to maximize their effectiveness.

Michael Martin

As a technology maven and trained listener, Michael Martin brings a passion for simplifying the complicated and implementing processes without incurring technical debt. Michael has an educational background in Psychology and quantitative research methodology (B.Sc.) and is excited about the future of data science inspired solutions. In his volunteer role with NBIS, Michael is acting as a technical project manager in the implementation of a CRM project, developing business process, data life-cycle and reporting metrics.

Karen Stockert

Karen Stockert helps NBIS with event scheduling and email newsletter creation, and serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee. Karen combines deep experience as a qualitative researcher and graphic designer with a passion for helping businesses understand the benefits of operating sustainably. She currently works as a Senior Research Analyst in social media with Visible Technologies, and prior to that, conducted ethnographic research for the Hartman Group and Ethnographic Insight. She recently earned a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.