Kelli Bush

Kelli Bush

SPP Co-Director
The Evergreen State College

After more than six years as SPP’s Program Manager, Kelli became the third SPP Director for The Evergreen State College. She is responsible for leadership and oversight of SPP’s ecological conservation and education programs, and for strengthening the educational emphasis for all SPP programs.

Kelli’s long-time passion for all things growing has inspired her professional, academic, and personal pursuits.  Her earlier 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.