Celebrating and Honoring Deb McNamara: A Fond Farewell to our Colleague

Deb and her family enjoying the great outdoors.

The staff here at Northwest Earth Institute experienced a tangle of emotions this week as we celebrated Deb McNamara’s tenure as our Director of Organizational and Higher Education Partnerships. Deb is stepping down from her role at NWEI to pursue a more local job as the Campaign Coordinator for 350 Colorado. Although we will miss her greatly, we are excited for Deb that she will continue her passion for catalyzing positive personal and societal transformation. We know she will continue to make progress toward a more sustainable world.

This week, we had a virtual lunch to celebrate Deb’s 12 years with NWEI and all of the ways in which she has shaped and expanded the organization during her time with us. Deb has seen NWEI through many strategic plans, engagement strategies, staff changes, and executive directors. She has increased NWEI’s impact by creating and nurturing dozens of partnerships over the past 12 years, with national partners, regional partners, and higher education partners. As her colleagues, we have had the privilege and pleasure of Deb’s mentorship, leadership, and friendship.

Deb has embodied the heart, values, and mission of NWEI in her demeanor, as well as in her actions. Deb’s articulate communication, compassionate listening, and complex understanding of sustainability have enabled her to create authentic relationships around the world. We know many of you join us in celebrating her time with NWEI and wishing her well in her new path.

In addition to her work with NWEI, teaching yoga, and parenting three young boys, Deb just published her first book, The Invitation of Motherhood: Uncovering the Spiritual Lessons of Parenting.

Thank you, Deb!

NWEI staff in 2010 – Deb has always been a formidable voice carrying our mission forward.
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