Meet our new president

Posted by Renee Magyar on December 21, 2015

The Sustainable Northwest Board has chosen Greg Block to be their new president

The Sustainable Northwest Board announced today that they have selected Greg Block to be the new president of Sustainable Northwest. Mr. Block will start at Sustainable Northwest on February 1, 2016.

“We had many excellent candidates, and it was a unanimous decision to offer the position to Greg,” says Elaine Albrich, interim chair of the Sustainable Northwest board. “Mr. Block has nearly three decades of experience in regional and international conservation policy, market-based strategy, and management practice in government, private, and not-for-profit sectors. He shows a clear passion for our mission and is dedicated to healthy rural economies as well as healthy ecosystems. The board believes he is the right visionary leader for the job.”

Greg shared his thoughts on the new role, “This is a time of extraordinary opportunity for advancing sustainable economic development and conservation objectives in our region. I am excited to join forces with the talented team of this innovative and entrepreneurial organization, and work with our rural partners on community-led strategies to sustain healthy natural systems and local economies.” 

Greg comes to Sustainable Northwest from Wild Salmon Center where, since 2004, he has successfully lead conservation programs and developed new sources of funding. Prior to this, for two years he was the Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar at Lewis and Clark Law School. From 1994 to 2002, he was director of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation based in Montreal, Canada, where he managed senior staff working in the areas of international conservation of biodiversity, trade and environment, pollutants and health, and law and policy. 

Greg’s previous work experience also includes two years as a visiting professor of law in Mexico under a Fulbright Lecturer Grant, and various roles in environmental law since 1986. Mr. Block holds a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento, California, and a B.A. with honors in political science from University of California, Los Angeles.

Upon Greg's start at Sustainable Northwest, Interim President Tom Tuchmann will reassume his duties as Sustainable Northwest Board Chair and Elaine Albrich will reassume her duties as Vice-Chair.

The board and staff would like to extend Greg a warm welcome to the team, and we anticipate exciting things to come in 2016. 

To reach Greg Block at Sustainable Northwest, please email