Debbi and her husband Paul co-founded IslandWood in 1999, after learning that Washington State mandated environmental education but only half of Puget Sound schoolchildren had access to environmental education programs. She is an active volunteer whose primary philanthropic interests include conservation, improving access to environmental education, and supporting sustainable community development. Debbi and her husband, Paul Brainerd, are also the founders of The Headwaters in Glenorchy, New Zealand, a sustainable tourism and community development project currently slated to open in late 2017. Debbi has served as Board Chair of IslandWood, as well as Board Chair of the Bloedel Reserve, an award-winning public garden on Bainbridge Island, WA. She and Paul were recognized by Cascade Land Conservancy with a Lifetime Achievement Award and received the University of Washington College of Education’s Distinguished Service Award.
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300
IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
A Special Thanks to our corporate sponsor
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