WWU's Salish Sea Institute

Ginny Broadhurst, Natalie Baloy, et. al.
Director, Assistant Director, Salish Sea Institute


Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 4:30pm

The mission of the Salish Sea Institute is to foster responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea, inspiring and informing its protection for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Institute:

  • Promotes dialogue and partnerships among people, organizations and agencies throughout First Nations and tribal communities, Washington State, and British Columbia
  • Serves as the administrative home of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
  • Hosts gatherings to cultivate collaborative governance and protection of the Salish Sea
  • Develops place-based curriculum, research and events for students to explore the environment, history and communities of the Salish Sea
  • Fosters a sense of place and raises awareness of the value of the Salish Sea and the issues that threaten its health
A geographical map of Salish Sea region from Vancouver BC region to Olympia region

Ginny Broadhurst is the first Director of the Salish Sea Institute at WWU. She started in June 2017. From 2007 to 2017 she was the Executive Director of the Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC); prior to that she held staff positions at NWSC and at the Puget Sound Action Team in Olympia, WA. She has expertise in stewardship, protection and restoration of the Salish Sea. She’s served on numerous regional and international advisory groups related to marine debris, ocean acidification, marine protected areas and coastal ecosystem health. Ginny earned a BS in Environmental Conservation from University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Marine Affairs from University of Washington. She and her family live in Bellingham, WA. Ginny has many favorite places on the Salish Sea, including Shaw Island Marine Preserve and South Beach at American Camp on San Juan Island.


Originally from Ohio, Natalie Baloy has lived on the Pacific Coast for over ten years. She completed her Masters and PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and she lived on Orcas Island while writing her dissertation. From 2014-2016, she moved to California for a postdoctoral fellowship with the UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California. Natalie is excited to be back in the Salish Sea region to serve as Assistant Director of Canada House Programs, which includes the Salish Sea Institute, the Border Policy Research Institute, and the Center for Canadian-American Studies. She is committed to facilitating place-based learning and connecting across borders and boundaries. Her favorite places on the Salish Sea include Yellow Island, Mountain Lake on Orcas Island, and Yek-o-Yek Deli in Vancouver.


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The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

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Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.


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