Commissioner Franz Executive Team
Carlo Davis is the Chief of Staff at the Department of Natural Resources under Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.
Carlo joined DNR as the agency’s Communications Director in 2017. In 2020, he was promoted to Chief of Staff. Prior to joining DNR, Carlo was a Senior Adviser to the mayor of Seattle. While there, he led on initiatives such as the $15/hr minimum wage. In 2016, he took a sabbatical from the mayor’s office to manage the campaign of an initiative (I-1433) that raised the state’s minimum wage and provided every employee with paid sick leave. Carlo has a BA in Political Science from Western Washington University and a law degree from the University of Washington.
Katy Taylor is the Chief Operating Officer at DNR under Commissioner Franz.
Prior to joining DNR, Katy served as Director of Employee Engagement Programs for Alaska Airlines. From 2007 to 2015, she was the Assistant Secretary for Strategic, Enterprise, and Employee Services at the WSDOT. And Katy has experience in the timber industry, having worked at Weyerhaeuser Company from 1995 to 2007. At Weyerhaeuser, she held positions such as Business Safety Manager and Manager of Disaster Relief Programs.
Katie Rose Allen is the Deputy Chief of Staff to Commissioner Franz.
Prior to joining DNR in February 2022, Katie served as Legislative Director for Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06), where she worked to advance federal policy and funding priorities focused on protecting and enhancing Washington’s environment and natural resource dependent economies.
Marissa Aho, AICP, is the Policy Director/Chief Resilience Officer for DNR.
Marissa previously served as the first Chief Resilience Officer for the cities of Los Angeles and Houston. She led the development and implementation of the cities’ resilience strategies (Resilient Los Angeles and Resilient Houston) that are focused on preparing for catastrophic events and addressing chronic stressors. Prior she was an urban planning and land use consultant at two private firms in Los Angeles for 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) from American University in Washington D.C. and a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California.
Glenda Breiler is the Director of Tribal Relations for DNR.
Glenda is Colville Tribal member of the Okanogan band, she was born and raised on the Colville Reservation. Prior to joining DNR, Glenda was the Director of the Evergreen Longhouse at Evergreen State College, where she led strategic efforts to: promote indigenous arts and cultures. Her accomplishments include establishing and securing funding for a Sen. John McCoy scholarship program for MPA-Tribal Governance students. As former Deputy Director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association she advocated for WA Tribes before local, state, and federal agencies and legislatures. She received her Master of Social Work, with an emphasis on Indian Child Welfare, from the University of Washington in 2009.
Brian Considine is the Legislative Director for DNR.
Brian previously was the Legal and Legislative Manager for the Washington State Gambling Commission and an Assistant Attorney General for Washington State Attorney General's Office. His undergraduate degree is from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and he has a law degree from Seattle University School of Law.
Sarah Ford is the Communications Director for DNR.
In previous roles, she was the Deputy Communications Director for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, Communications Director for a New York gubernatorial campaign, Deputy Press Secretary for Sanders 2016 campaign, and a Senior Associate at BerlinRosen Public Affairs, where her portfolio included national issue advocacy for unions and nonprofits. She received her BA in public relations, advertising, and American politics from DePaul University in Chicago.
ELISEO “EJ” JUÁREZ
Eliseo “EJ” Juárez is the Director of Equity and Environmental Justice for DNR.
Previously, he was the Public Policy Manager for the Group Health Foundation where he worked to accelerate efforts to improve health equity and advance community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future. He has also served as the Community Partnerships and Government Relations Manager for the Seattle Public Library.
Bevin McLeod is the Director of External Affairs and Community Engagement for DNR.
Bevin’s background spans a diverse array of projects through an equity lens in economics, healthcare policy reform, community outreach, non-profit management, and agricultural and economic development in minority farming communities throughout WA State.