The mission of the Salish Sea Institute is to foster responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea, inspiring and informing its protection for the benefit of current and future generations.
- promotes dialogue and partnerships among people, organizations and agencies throughout First Nations and tribal communities, Washington State, and British Columbia
- serves as the administrative home of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
- hosts gatherings to cultivate collaborative governance and protection of the Salish Sea
- develops place-based curriculum, research and events for students to explore the environment, history and communities of the Salish Sea
- fosters a sense of place and raise awareness of the value of the Salish Sea and the issues that threaten its health
Ginny Broadhurst is the first Director of the Salish Sea Institute at WWU. She started in June 2017. From 2007 to 2017 she was the Executive Director of the Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC); prior to that she held staff positions at NWSC and at the Puget Sound Action Team in Olympia, WA. She has expertise in stewardship, protection and restoration of the Salish Sea. She’s served on numerous regional and international advisory groups related to marine debris, ocean acidification, marine protected areas and coastal ecosystem health. Ginny earned a BS in Environmental Conservation from University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Marine Affairs from University of Washington. She and her family live in Bellingham, WA. Ginny has many favorite places on the Salish Sea, including Shaw Island Marine Preserve and South Beach at American Camp on San Juan Island.