Dean FinnertyWild Steelhead Initiative Manager
JOHN MCMILLANWild Steelhead Initiative Science Director
Jonathan StumpfWashington Advocate
Jonathan is the Washington Advocate for the Wild Steelhead Initiative, working on advocacy, policy, and communications throughout the state, with an emphasis in Western Washington. Before joining Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative, he spent three years advocating for wild rivers and working on hydropower reform for American Rivers, a national river conservation organization. Prior to that, he spent three years managing advocacy campaigns and communication efforts for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He also volunteered for 10 years on the board of directors for the Wild Steelhead Coalition, in the role of president for seven of those years. Growing up fishing and floating the high country trout streams and rivers of Colorado, he landed for a brief spell in Missoula, Montana for grad school, before finally settling in Seattle in 2008, where he was quickly seduced by the mystique of steelhead and the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. When he’s unplugged, Jonathan is usually standing in a river with a fishing rod in hand and family in tow.
Kyle SmithOregon Field Coordinator
Kyle is the Oregon Field Coordinator for Trout Unlimited's Sportsmen's Conservation Project. His efforts include advocating for public lands protections at both the state and federal levels, as well as working with state agencies to protect wild steelhead, trout, and salmon. Kyle earned a BS in environmental science from Washington State University, a masters in public administration from Columbia University, and a law degree from the University of Oregon. Kyle serves as co-chair and a wild fish advocate for the board of the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. He lives in Corvallis with his wife, young son, and bird dog.
Michael GibsonIdaho Field CoordinatoR
Eric CrawfordNORTH IDAHO FIELD COORDINATOR
Born in northeastern Pennsylvania and cutting his teeth on whitetail deer and the brook trout streams of that region, Eric developed a deep appreciation for all things wild. With a stint in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York for college and a return to Pennsylvania, Eric earned a degree in Fisheries Biology. For the last twenty years Eric has worked as a Conservation Officer in Idaho before coming to Trout Unlimited. With a diversity of experiences as a Conservation Officer from apprehending mulit violation poachers to everyday interactions with sportsman Eric brings a deep appreciation and passion for fish and wildlife and TU’s mission. As the North Idaho Field Coordinator Eric works on issues affecting salmon and steelhead in Idaho including the four lower Snake River dams. No matter the time of year you’ll likely find Eric on the Snake or Clearwater chasing a variety of opportunities or on public lands pursuing big game.
Jenny WeisAlaska Communications Director
Sam DavidsonCalifornia and Nevada Communications Director
Mark HieronymusAlaska Science Coordinator
We steelheaders share a common vision of the future of wild steelhead and know what has to be done to bring them back. Together, we can make that vision a reality. With millions of dollars, countless staff and volunteer hours invested in restoring wild steelhead habitat, Trout Unlimited has launched the Wild Steelhead Initiative to make sure those investments (along with the efforts of countless other organizations) pay dividends. For more information please visit tu.org.