The Evergreen State College
Kelli Bush has been the Sustainability in Prisons Program Manager since 2010. She has helped to build and expand the SPP and is responsible for the daily operation of the program. Her long-time passion for all things growing has inspired her professional, academic, and personal pursuits. Kelli’s previous professional experience was with Washington State Parks, where she demonstrated her dedication to stewardship of natural resources through grant writing, ecosystem restoration, arboricultural consultation, and environmental planning. During her time at State Parks she routinely worked with incarcerated individuals to accomplish various conservation projects; an experience she found very rewarding. After receiving an A.A.S. degree in Horticulture from Spokane Community College, Kelli transferred to the Evergreen State College where she received her B.A. in Agriculture Ecology in 2002. She is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, and Certified Tree Risk Assessor, Master Gardener, and has over 15 years of horticulture related experience. Originally from Spokane, Kelli has made Olympia her home for the past 10 years. She is pleased to bring her education and experience to the Sustainability in Prisons Project; a unique opportunity to tend to and grow an organization that simultaneously addresses social and environmental issues.