Stephanie Buffum Retires From The Friends of the San Juans

Posted March 3, 2020 at 4:58 am by

Stephanie Buf­fum — Paul Ander­son photo 

Start­ing this month Stephanie Buf­fum has retired from her posi­tion of nine­teen years as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Friends of the San Juans.

Our local com­mu­ni­ties and the Sal­ish Sea ecosys­tem have ben­e­fit­ed from Stephanie’s lead­er­ship,” said Friends Pres­i­dent Janet Alder­ton. “The Board is enor­mous­ly grate­ful for her near­ly two decades of ded­i­cat­ed ser­vice.” Alder­ton will lead the search for a new Exec­u­tive Direc­tor while Board Vice Pres­i­dent Toby Coop­er will serve as Act­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor until a new direc­tor is hired.

Said Buf­fum, “It has been my great hon­or to have served this orga­ni­za­tion and this region. One of my favorite parts of this job has been the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work shoul­der-to-shoul­der with count­less vol­un­teers who share our vision of island and marine con­ser­va­tion. It has been an amaz­ing jour­ney, and I feel blessed to have had the priv­i­lege to work on behalf of peo­ple and nature at all lev­els of deci­sion-mak­ing.”

Under Stephanie’s 19 years of lead­er­ship, Friends has become cen­tral to the pro­tec­tion of what is loved by many about the San Juan Islands and the Sal­ish Sea, includ­ing the health of marine ecosys­tems, frag­ile shore­lines, for­est and open space habi­tats, and the tran­quil­i­ty of com­mu­ni­ties that thrive in San Juan County.

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