YEAR | 2012

Annie Sieger

Annie is a Senior Associate who focuses on policy and financial analysis, including economic impacts analysis and needs assessments, and stakeholder engagement and facilitation. Her experience includes projects for libraries across the country, as well as regional and local government agencies in the Puget Sound Region and the State of Washington. She enjoys working with communities and organizations to design processes that help answer complex policy questions. Her diverse skillset allows her to marry quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, achieving nuanced answers that respond to the question holistically.

Annie received her B.A. in Political Economy and Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington, earning the Sharon Redeker Award for Exemplary Public Service. She is a 2011 graduate of the National Education for Women’s Leadership Puget Sound Leadership Academy and a 2012 graduate of the Center for Women and Democracy’s Leadership Institute. Annie is the Chair of the City of Kent Parks and Recreation Commission.

Community Center for Education Results: The Road Map Project Baseline Report

Community Center for Education Results: The Road Map Project Baseline Report

Community Center for Education Results: The Road Map Project Baseline Report

The Road Map Project/CCER Local Race to the Top Application Development

The Road Map Project/CCER Local Race to the Top Application Development

The Road Map Project/CCER Local Race to the Top Application Development

City of Kent Cost Efficiency Study

The Road Map Project/CCER Local Race to the Top Application Development

WSDOT Road User Charge Study

The Road Map Project/CCER Local Race to the Top Application Development

City of Kent Cost Efficiency Study

Community Center for Education Results

Race to the Top – District Application

BERK managed development of the winning 2012 Race to the Top – District application, helping bring $40 million in federal grant funds to benefit our region’s most challenged students. The award will strengthen connections among pre-school providers and districts; support student learning in math and science; promote college and career readiness; increase access to online learning and counseling tools; and bolster data reporting capabilities.

Seven school districts – Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton and Tukwila – as well as the Puget Sound Educational Service District collaborated in the grant proposal as the Road Map District Consortium. BERK worked closely with administrative and union leaders from the districts, as well as regional education reform partners to develop the winning investment proposal focused on the region’s highest need students.

Washington State Ferries Reservations Process & Facilitation

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Faced with a major rezone of the South Lake Union neighborhood, the City of Seattle wanted a more comprehensive understanding of the changes occurring in the South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood and to see the lessons learned from the SLU example. Our report focused on the broader context and community impact resulting from various public actions and infrastructure investments in the neighborhood, and evaluated the ways that public actions around land use and infrastructure influenced private investment decisions in South Lake Union. Our study revealed that City actions lined up with market and private interests, helping to encourage a significant amount of neighborhood change—change that helped to advance broader neighborhood, City, and regional goals.

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Evaluation of Public-Private Investments in South Lake Union

Faced with a major rezone of the South Lake Union neighborhood, the City of Seattle wanted a more comprehensive understanding of the changes occurring in the South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood and to see the lessons learned from the SLU example. Our report focused on the broader context and community impact resulting from various public actions and infrastructure investments in the neighborhood, and evaluated the ways that public actions around land use and infrastructure influenced private investment decisions in South Lake Union. Our study revealed that City actions lined up with market and private interests, helping to encourage a significant amount of neighborhood change—change that helped to advance broader neighborhood, City, and regional goals.

Teachers United

BERK worked with Teachers United to create a strategic plan that will guide this upstart organization over the next three years. BERK worked in close collaboration with Teachers United staff to identify appropriate goal areas and strategic actions to guide the organization’s work, and also examined similar organizations across the country to determine best practices. BERK facilitated meetings between Teachers United staff and TU’s Advisory Committee and Board of Directors to more thoughtfully refine the plan’s goals and actions as well as create the organization’s mission and outcomes for the plan.

City of Seattle Public & Private Investment in South Lake Union

Community Center for Education Results: The Road Map Project Baseline Report

Greenwich Library Strategic Plan

Greenwich Library Strategic Plan

Port of Tacoma

BERK worked with the Port of Tacoma to create their Strategic Plan for 2012-2022. The strategic planning process engaged Port staff, Commissioners, customers, and key stakeholders, through a comprehensive outreach effort involving interviews, surveys, web-based outreach and public meetings. That input, together with rigorous analysis and thoughtful dialogue, served as the basis for plan development.

The Strategic Plan will guide the Port’s future decision-making and investments and has served to refocus the organization on the Port’s mission and its potential in the marketplace.

Port of Tacoma

Port of Tacoma

Ferguson Library

BERK is working with the Ferguson Library to design and implement a web-based survey of residents, employees, and others who currently use or do not use this library system based in Stamford, Connecticut. The survey has been designed to explore perceptions of and priorities for library services during a time of significant change in how people access information and communicate with one another.

The results of the Community Survey will inform immediate operational response and a subsequent strategic planning effort to be undertaken by the library’s Board of Trustees.

Greenwich Library

BERK was the primary architect of The Greenwich Library’s Strategic Plan. For this work we leveraged our understanding of the library’s key issues and opportunities surfaced in our previous work on a Community Survey and separate Staff Survey.

Working with draft material produced by library staff and members of the Board of Trustees, we structured the Plan around five Topic Areas and ten Strategic Initiatives. We collaborated with a core team of staff and Trustees to draft final text and create a compelling document to communicate the library’s strategy to members of the public, stakeholders and decision makers in the Town of Greenwich, and the library’s internal staff audience.

Greenwich Library

Seattle Public Schools PreK-3rd Partnership Action Plan and Implementation

Port of Tacoma Strategic Plan

Community Center for Education Results: The Road Map Project Baseline Report

Ferguson Library Community Survey

Puget Sound Regional Council

BERK supported the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growing Transit Communities (GTC) program by developing an Excel-based model to analyze past and present tax increment financing (TIF) tools specific to Washington State. A key goal of the GTC work is to provide the groundwork necessary to develop meaningful funding and financing tools to meet affordable housing goals in light rail station areas.

BERK specifically used the model to analyze a case study of the proposed 130th Avenue NE Station in Bellevue to address how much money could be available from potential tax increment financing mechanisms for affordable housing.

Puget Sound Regional Council Tax Increment Financing Case Study & Model Development

BERK supported the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growing Transit Communities (GTC) program by developing an Excel-based model to analyze past and present tax increment financing (TIF) tools specific to Washington State. A key goal of the GTC work is to provide the groundwork necessary to develop meaningful funding and financing tools to meet affordable housing goals in light rail station areas.

BERK specifically used the model to analyze a case study of the proposed 130th Avenue NE Station in Bellevue to address how much money could be available from potential tax increment financing mechanisms for affordable housing.

Port of Tacoma

Strategic Plan 2012-2022: People. Partnership. Performance.

BERK worked with the Port of Tacoma to create their Strategic Plan for 2012-2022. The strategic planning process engaged Port staff, Commissioners, customers, and key stakeholders, through a comprehensive outreach effort involving interviews, surveys, web-based outreach and public meetings. That input, together with rigorous analysis and thoughtful dialogue, served as the basis for plan development.

The Strategic Plan will guide the Port’s future decision-making and investments and has served to refocus the organization on the Port’s mission and its potential in the marketplace.

City of Issaquah

Central Issaquah Planned Action EIS and Fiscal Impacts Analysis

BERK led preparation of a Planned Action and Infill Exemption Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to facilitate mixed-use growth in the core of the community, transforming its suburban and auto-oriented character. BERK provided State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) strategies, helped develop a range of alternatives for EIS study, provided a public services analysis, and guided the preparation of the EIS which addressed a range of natural and built environment topics. BERK also prepared the planned action ordinance and SEPA amendments allowing the infill exemption.

In a related effort, BERK created: 1) a policy framework for City-initiated local area infrastructure investment; and, 2) an evaluation of different infrastructure funding tools available to cities in Washington.

City of Bremerton

Gorst Creek Watershed Plan, Gorst Subarea Plan and Planned Action EIS

As part of a larger consultant team, BERK is supporting efforts by the City of Bremerton and Kitsap County, as well as Tribal, federal, and state agencies, to promote sustainable growth, restoration, and protection activities in the Gorst Creek watershed. BERK’s role is to facilitate the development of the watershed framework plan, UGA subarea plan and regulations, and a planned action EIS. The Watershed Plan includes guiding principles and a planning framework that identifies areas of development, restoration, and protection. The effort also includes a Gorst Urban Growth Area Subarea Plan intended to establish a cohesive vision for a livable district and to encourage investment. A Planned Action EIS and permit pathways with tailored best management practices are intended to facilitate desired growth and restoration.

City of Burien

Provision of Police Service Assessment

Through this assessment, the City of Burien explored alternatives to its current contract with King County Sherriff’s Office for public safety services. BERK provided analytic support to the City-formed Steering Committee as they assessed the differences in costs and staffing levels between continuing to contract with the County versus bringing police services in-house.

To help accomplish this, BERK conducted a comparative cost analysis focusing on the short and long-term fiscal implications (costs and benefits) the City would likely incur if it were to transition to a city-run department. BERK compared the City of Burien’s current contract with King County to four other police departments of similar size and with similar socio-economic and demand characteristics.

Community Center for Education Results

The Road Map Project Baseline Report: Sparking Collective Action from Cradle to College & Career

BERK was instrumental to the creation of The Road Map Project Baseline Report, working in close collaboration with the Community Center for Education Results (CCER). BERK completed tasks ranging from outlining the structure of the document, editing content developed by CCER, creating the overall design look and feel, developing key and beautiful infographics and maps, and crafting the final product.

The Road Map Project is a collective impact initiative to dramatically improve education outcomes in South King County and South Seattle, and to close achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. The Baseline Report describes where things currently stand in the Road Map Region and charts a course for attaining ambitious yet achievable goals. The Report describes the urgent need for collective action, and turns the spotlight on efforts that are already making a difference.

Washington State Department of Commerce

Designing and Developing the Small Business Credit Initiative Program for Washington State

The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) was created through the federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and funded with $1.5 billion to support state programs that increase capital access to small businesses. Under SSBCI, Washington was eligible for $19.7 million in federal funds. Since Washington did not have an existing program that would be eligible for the funds, this project involved the design and development of a new small business credit program.

Working closely with the Department of Commerce, BERK served as the project manager for the application to the U.S. Treasury. In this role, we convened and facilitated two Advisory Committees, one representing small business interests and the other representing credit providers, focused on identifying lending programs to meet the SSBCI eligibility requirements.

Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

BERK assisted the Confederated Tribe of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians in completing a community needs assessment using the Center for Disease Control’s CHANGE Tool. The Tool is designed to identify and understand the status of health needs, to assist with prioritizing community needs and allocation of available resources, and to aid in development of population-based strategies to create a healthier environment.

BERK integrated the Tribe’s data with the CHANGE tool and prepared results for submission to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board as well as summaries for use by the Tribal community.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

BERK facilitated a Workgroup charged by the Washington Legislature to develop a new approach to employment and day services that maintains optimum choice and meets the needs for adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The Workgroup consisted of approximately 25 participants, and included a mix of legislators, service providers, self-advocates, and parents of individuals with developmental disabilities.

While the topic was highly charged and emotional for many participants, we produced a set of recommendations that satisfies the Legislative Charge, addresses the burdensome fiscal climate, and was supported by a majority of the Workgroup. We created a process where every participant felt heard and contributed to the final product.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

BERK facilitated a quality assurance panel chaired by the State of Washington’s Long-Term Care Ombudsmen designed to examine issues around inspection, investigation, public complaint, and enforcement of adult family homes. Adult family homes are residential homes licensed to care for up to six adults not related to the individual(s) providing the services.

The panel was made up of more than 20 participants representing state agencies, service providers, advocates, and residents, many of whom had competing ideas of how best to ensure quality care in adult family homes. BERK designed implemented an effective facilitation plan to bridge differences, reach consensus, and present agreed-upon recommendations to the Legislature.

University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

BERK is in the final stages of developing a strategic business plan that will align program offerings with organizational missions, constituent needs, and financial sustainability. This process is helping the Northwest Center evaluate its academic program mix, delivery options, and target audiences in the face of the potential loss of federal funding. DEOHS Continuing Education program is also a part of this process, exploring criteria for new course offerings, training modalities, and potential new funding sources. Representatives from four academic programs and continuing education are working collaboratively on determining the future of the Northwest Center and ways to cross-leverage their capabilities.

The project includes facilitation of four Project Team meetings (the Team is comprised of staff, faculty, students, and alumni); design of an information-rich map of the various programs offered by the centers; stakeholder engagement, including interviews and focus groups; financial analysis; and overall strategic business plan development.

King County Housing Authority

BERK is helping the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) coordinate the comprehensive provision of housing, academic, and social service supports to its resident families. The goal of the Educational Initiative is to help children and youth living in KCHA housing properties to overcome the existing educational achievement gap and be better positioned for success in school and later in life.

BERK is designing and implementing outreach strategies to better understand the education needs and desires of the diverse populations that live within the area and to inspire family members to play active roles in the education of their children from birth to third grade. This outreach includes work with immigrant and refugee families from Somalia, Russia, the Ukraine, and elsewhere.

Bellevue Fire Department

Bellevue Fire’s strategic plan establishes four goals that will focus the Department’s efforts related to public safety, organizational development, infrastructure investment, and public engagement for the coming years. The planning process drew on surveys of residents and staff, interviews with local businesses and contract cities, a review of trends in regional demographic and economic conditions, and discussions with Department staff and leadership to map out a plan for advancing key issues facing the Department. Given the fluidity of the Department’s operating environment, the Plan does not establish an rigid sequence of next steps according to an absolute timeline, but identifies decision points and choices to evaluated when key indicators are seen in the environment or when performance tracking indicates change is necessary.

Coquille Indian Tribe

BERK assisted the Coquille Indian Tribe Community Health Center Administration with conducting a community health assessment using the CDC CHANGE Tool and developing a three- to five-year health promotion and chronic disease prevention action plan based on assessment results. This project involved evaluation of the Tribe’s social, economic, and policy infrastructure as it related to Tribal members making health choices; stakeholder committee facilitation; and Action Plan development.

Kitsap County

The project examined how to reduce or reconfigure approximately eight urban growth areas (UGAs) to meet a decision by the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board (CPSGMHB). The CPSGMHB required that the County re-examine its UGAs, focusing on two key questions: 1) What is an appropriate minimum urban density in Kitsap County? and 2) What density should Kitsap use when calculating the amount of urban land necessary to accommodate population growth through 2025? BERK prepared a growth trends analysis to help answer these questions. BERK also prepared 2010, 2018, and 2025 countywide (urban and rural) population estimates at small analysis zones to support land use, public service and capital facility planning. BERK managed the preparation of a Supplemental EIS addressing three UGA and land capacity alternatives. BERK led the update to Kitsap County’s Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) addressing a new six-year period, and demonstrated an ability to serve growth through the year 2025 within new UGA boundaries.

City of Issaquah

BERK led preparation of a Planned Action and Infill Exemption Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to facilitate mixed-use growth in the core of the community, transforming its suburban and auto-oriented character. BERK provided State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) strategies, helped develop a range of alternatives for EIS study, provided a public services analysis, and guided the preparation of the EIS which addressed a range of natural and built environment topics. BERK also prepared the planned action ordinance and SEPA amendments allowing the infill exemption.

In a related effort, BERK created: 1) a policy framework for City-initiated local area infrastructure investment; and, 2) an evaluation of different infrastructure funding tools available to cities in Washington.

Clark County

BERK assisted Clark County’s commitment to protect rural and resource lands and promote economic development associated with agriculture and forest products. BERK evaluated economic and land use trends, and the effectiveness of existing land use policies, and other policy alternatives regarding minimum parcel sizes for agriculture and forestry lands, homesteading, clustering, transfer of development rights program, agricultural protection district, rural reserves, and current use tax program in furthering the County’s goals in rural and resource lands.

Thurston Regional Planning Council

As part of three-year process to develop a Thurston County Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, BERK worked with the TRPC on a regional commercial market study. The TRPC and regional policy makers are wrestling with a disconnect between adopted plans for future growth and the way growth in the region actually occurs. Much of the county’s recent growth has occurred in rural areas with less than expected growth occurring in urban activity centers and corridors.

The Study analyzed market conditions in Thurston County and identified drivers and constraints that are causing the observed patterns of commercial development. It also assessed the ways in which the public sector can encourage desired concentrations of development in urban centers and corridors. The Study will assist the TRPC in developing reasonable future development scenarios.

King County Department of Transportation Marine Division

The King County Marine Division operates the West Seattle Water Taxi between downtown Seattle and Seacrest Park in West Seattle. The current terminal at Seacrest Park is under a five-year lease with an additional five-year option to extend the lease. BERK, in collaboration with KPFF Consulting Engineers, assisted the Marine Division in analyzing the feasibility of alternative West Seattle sites as long-term terminal solutions for the Water Taxi.

BERK analyzed the ridership potential at each alternative site taking into account demographic trends, the availability of alternative transportation modes, various shuttle service configurations, and the impact of on-site parking.

Bonnie Berk

The BERK lore goes that Bonnie started the firm in 1988 at her kitchen table, in pre-Internet era, making cold calls and explaining how innovative public-private partnerships could be designed to accomplish much more than the sum of their parts. Her concept was that the public, private and nonprofit sectors could be brought together to implement impactful projects that would not otherwise be possible. For the next 25 years, she worked across the spectrum of major public policy issues, developing long range strategies and facilitating agreements among diverse communities.

In 2013, Bonnie retired from the firm, transferring full ownership to Allegra Calder, Michael Hodgins, and Brian Murphy. She’s enormously proud of the consequential work that BERK continues to lead, while she enjoys a completely different life chapter, traveling, and experiencing the richness of new challenges and experiences.

Community Center for Education Results: The Road Map Project Baseline Report

Michael Hodgins

Michael joined BERK in 1992, eventually becoming a Principal and the firm’s Finance + Economics practice manager. Over the years, he worked for municipalities across the state and agencies such as Washington State Ferries, the State Department of Health, and the King County International Airport. In 2017, Michael sold his ownership in the firm to serve in an “of counsel” capacity. He served as a trusted advisor to many senior managers and elected officials working in state and local agencies.

Michael is interested in mid-century modern architecture, furniture, and design. He works many weekends on his circa 1958 house, one room at a time

Brian Murphy

Brian is a Principal at BERK. His expertise includes strategic and business planning, facilitation, economic development and market analysis, and management consulting. His practice includes strategic planning for organizations and communities, emergency management, and work for libraries across the country, including strategic plans, return on investment studies, and staff and community surveys. Brian joined the firm in 2002, after graduating from the University of Washington with an MBA. Previously, he was a program director for Volunteers in Asia, a non-profit cross-cultural exchange organization based at Stanford University. He received a B.A with Honors from UC Santa Cruz and is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

Lisa Grueter, AICP

Lisa is a Principal and senior land use planner with more than two decades of experience in policy planning for the public and private sectors. Her expertise includes comprehensive and subarea planning under the state’s Growth Management Act, customized programmatic and planned action environmental documentation under the State Environmental Policy Act, shoreline master programs under the Shoreline Management Act, and the integration of these laws into cohesive, implementable planning policies. Lisa has worked with counties and cities across Washington State and spent seven years as a senior planner for the cities of Sumner and Renton. She received a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Allegra Calder

Allegra is a Principal at BERK. She is a policy analyst and facilitator with a background in community development, real estate, housing, and land use policy. She has extensive research and writing experience and focuses on transportation, education, and health and human services policy projects. She is a skilled facilitator and enjoys working with committees to develop recommendations on complex policy questions. Prior to joining BERK, she worked at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She has published research on housing policy and finance and served as a consultant and faculty to NeighborWorks America. Allegra received her B.A. with distinction from McGill University and her M.A. in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University. She is on the Board of the Seattle Parks Foundation, a member of the YMCA of Greater Seattle Education Steering Committee, and a member of King County’s Parks Levy Oversight Board. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts is a senior policy analyst and facilitator with a wide ranging professional background including knowledge of federal, state, and local government systems, as well as a deep understanding of regional and local government policy issues. After serving in Washington D.C. as Chief of Staff for Congressman Norm Dicks, he spent over 20 years in city management as the Director of Planning and Community Development in Everett and as the Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager in Marysville. While in Everett, he was responsible for the implementation of the Growth Management Act, the Shoreline Management Act, and the State Environmental Policy Act. Paul currently serves on the Everett City Council, the Sound Transit Board, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board. Paul is an outstanding listener, which greatly benefits his work as a facilitator, writer, and project leader.

Alex Krieg

Alex Krieg is a policy analyst with a background in community development and urban and regional planning. He supports the firm’s work through his research, policy analysis, and strong writing skills. Alex received his B.A. in sociology from New College of Florida and his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, where he wrote his thesis on the impact of light rail construction on neighborhood business activity in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood. Prior to joining BERK, Alex worked for the Puget Sound Regional Council, several affordable housing and community development non-profits, and the U.S. Census.

Dawn Couch

Dawn is a policy analyst specializing in strategy development, evaluation, and public engagement, with a focus on integrating disparate information to support effective decision-making. Her passion for interweaving people’s lived experience with an understanding of economic forces has led her to focus on community-building processes and ensuring economic resilience. Dawn received a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Washington. Prior to joining BERK, she served as a research associate in the Social and Economic Values team of the U.S. Forest Service, as an independent consultant specializing in qualitative research, and as a program and research consultant to municipalities and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Emmy McConnell

Emmy is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Finance + Economics practice. She specializes in data modeling, including cost, revenue, and historical trend analysis, and has extensive experience in municipal finance and fiscal analysis. Emmy has worked extensively with Washington State and local government clients to develop state-of-the-art financial plans, cost estimates, and dynamic models across a broad spectrum of subjects. In her life before BERK, she was a safety escort supervisor with the Transportation Department at USC and interned as an actuarial analyst for Farmers Insurance Group. Emmy received her B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Southern California, graduating summa cum laude. An Oregon native, she participated in community organizations such as 4-H, which helped shape her passion and optimism for helping communities and organizations achieve their highest goals.

Erica Natali

Erica Natali is a senior economic analyst specializing in municipal finance analysis, economic analysis, and economic impact model development. She translates complex concepts and messy data into clear economic analysis and implementable policy options for projects such as annexation feasibility studies; economic assessments for libraries and other public spaces; capital funding analysis, and municipal service planning. A talented artist, Erica contributes the creativity from her independent photography business to the information design and layout of BERK products. Erica received her B.A. in Economics from Seattle University, graduating summa cum laude.

Fauna Larkin

Fauna is a senior policy analyst and Grove-trained graphic facilitator with a background in public health, education, and tribal government. Fauna helps community based organizations and government agencies address complex policy challenges and develop thoughtful strategies through technical analysis, advisory group facilitation, and community engagement. Fauna has B.A. in Communication from Lewis & Clark College. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Health from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health. A member of the Coquille Indian Tribe, Fauna has served as a board member on the Coquille Indian Tribe Health Advisory Board for more than 7 years. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2012.

Gary Simonson

Gary Simonson is a policy analyst with a background in geography and urban/transportation analysis. He supports the firm through his research, analytical, and GIS skills. Gary received his B.A. from the University of Arizona and his M.A. in Geography from the University of Washington. His thesis examined the effects of urban redevelopment on low-income residents in South Seattle. Gary has served as a consultant for Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, and as an intern for the Seattle Department of Transportation. He has also worked as a teacher for at-risk youth at Job Corps, and spent a year teaching English in Japan. These experiences shaped his passion for improving transportation and urban infrastructure, fostering strong local communities, and advocating for social justice.

Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers is a senior financial and policy analyst with experience in the non-profit, private, and public sectors. She is a skilled project manager and has significant experience working with fee structures and funding mechanisms for Washington State agencies and local government entities. Prior to joining BERK in 2007, Heather worked in microfinance and community development as a senior loan officer for ACCION Chicago. She has also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, quantifying financial liability resulting from government contract disputes and helping clients improve procurement practices. She received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, where she was both a Chancellor’s and James Scholar. She received her M.P.P from the University of Chicago’s Harris School.

Jennice Bradley

Jennice Bradley is BERK’s resident graphic designer. She is a passionate graphic artist and information designer who creates compelling communication materials for BERK and our clients. Her work translates complex ideas into graphically original and targeted design products of all media types. She is involved in all stages of product development, including key concept and project brand development, layout and design, and press production, to ensure that our products are both beautiful and broadly accessible. Prior to joining BERK, Jennice held marketing and graphic design positions with Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami, Entranco, and AMEC Earth & Environmental. She attended the University of Washington’s School of Art for graphic design, and received a B.S. in Natural Health Science and a M.S. in Science and Acupuncture from Bastyr University.

Michele Eakins-TeSelle

Michele is the firm’s Marketing Coordinator. She manages business development efforts and the procurement process for the firm, which includes leading proposal development and various marketing campaigns. Michele works closely with the firm’s management team and practice groups to develop marketing collateral and materials for presentations, conferences, and other public relations events. Michele has been with BERK since 2008, starting as the Office Coordinator and later transitioning into the marketing position. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a Certificate in Marketing Management from the University of Washington Foster School of Business Extension Program.

City of Bremerton

As part of a larger consultant team, BERK is supporting efforts by the City of Bremerton and Kitsap County, as well as Tribal, federal, and state agencies, to promote sustainable growth, restoration, and protection activities in the Gorst Creek watershed. BERK’s role is to facilitate the development of the watershed framework plan, UGA subarea plan and regulations, and a planned action EIS. The Watershed Plan includes guiding principles and a planning framework that identifies areas of development, restoration, and protection. The effort also includes a Gorst Urban Growth Area Subarea Plan intended to establish a cohesive vision for a livable district and to encourage investment. A Planned Action EIS and permit pathways with tailored best management practices are intended to facilitate desired growth and restoration.

Snohomish County Tourism Strategy

Washington State Legislature Joint Transportation Committee

The purpose of the study was to recommend the best-fit fare media and fare structure to support interoperability with Good To Go! and potential new technologies and implementation of Washington State Ferries’ (WSF) vehicle reservation system. It also considered legislative goals around fare setting such as demand management, ferry customer needs, and simplification. BERK analyzed WSF’s current fare structure, fare media, payment systems, and level of interoperability and described the rationale, history, and legislative direction behind each component. Our assessment also included analysis of ridership and revenue trends and discussed how pricing and fare structure relate to the composition of WSF’s customer base.

BERK and the consultant team worked with the Transportation Commission on a survey to assess household use of fare media and interest in interoperability options. We also developed white papers on Interoperability, Fare Media, and Fare Structure to identify options and implementation costs, customer impacts, and impacts to WSF systems and operations.