Will Anderson Biography Will’s formal entry into environmental NGO work was with his 1978 founding of Greenpeace Alaska, in Anchorage, Alaska. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to the national board of directors of Greenpeace USA. Since then, he has had a long career in campaign management in both the environmental and animal welfare sectors for a number of organizations including Earth Island Institute and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. Additional national organizations financially supported and utilized Will as a consultant.
In the past thirty years there were times when he was self-employed as the founder of Ecology House and Ecology House Franchises, a small chain of six retail stores in three states at its peak.
From 2001 to 2003, Will was hired as the Project Director for Earth Island Institute's Orca Recovery Campaign out of his home office in Seattle. Under a one-time grant and at the request of the organization, he created the Orca Recovery Campaign and was responsible for establishing the goals and objectives, polling, website content, writing articles, building effective coalitions, giving grants to other organizations, creating educational materials and overall public outreach throughout his negotiated donation of 200 billboards posted in Seattle. His campaign product is still posted at Earth Island’s website.
This position required extensive work in creating collaboration and coordination between state and federal agencies, scientists, political representatives and other NGOs invested in the recovery of the Southern Resident Orca whales. The campaign co-produced a three day scientific symposium at the University of Washington in 2002 that was attended by Sen. Maria Cantwell, scientists, NGOs and agency leaders. Will also successfully revived an earlier effort to place the Southern Resident Orca whales on the Washington state endangered species list.
Though a significant amount of his environmental work revolved around marine mammals, Will has conducted numerous efforts spanning a wide variety of subject matter including, but not limited to, Steller sea lions, offshore oil and gas impacts in Alaska, the Alaska aerial wolf hunt, Pribilof fur seals, the squid driftnet fishery, mountain goat hunting in the Olympic National Park, writing comments for several environmental impact statements and hearings, tribal subsistence and take issues, industrial impacts in Mexican gray whale calving lagoons, California sea lions at the Ballard locks, environmental impacts of industrial food production, whaling and general human ecology. He has attended the International Whaling Convention meeting on two occasions as an advocate for cetaceans, and gray whales in particular.
As an organizer, Will has facilitated meetings, organized press conferences, engaged in litigation efforts, been a frequent public speaker on panels, created video documentation, initiated polling and built coalitions. Additional background includes: volunteering as wildlife rehabilitation volunteer; being appointed to federal Pinniped-Fisheries Interaction Task Force; recording and publishing humpback whale songs; and studying gray whales under Mexico Federal government permit.
Will holds a BS in Management and Communication. He has resided in Seattle for twelve years and continues to focus his interests on the larger questions of human ecology.