OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Mike Deller, a Mukilteo resident, to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.
The board awards about $94 million in grants statewide every biennium for the development of parks, trails, boating and other outdoor recreation facilities and for the conservation of wildlife habitat and working farms.
Deller recently retired from the Trust for Public Land, where he was the Washington State director. Before that, he had a distinguished career in the banking industry, serving as president of two banks in Everett. He also was the executive director of the Port of Everett and worked in the real estate industry.
"Mike will make an excellent addition to the funding board," Inslee said. "His experiences demonstrate an understanding about the need to conserve lands that help make Washington an outdoor destination for those who enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating, mountain biking and other outdoor adventures. In addition, I'm confident Mike will work to ensure we are making wise investments that are good for the businesses and families that rely on the state's natural resources for their jobs."
Deller is active in his community, participating in a variety of organizations focused on conservation, recreation, environmental, economic development, education, and health issues. Deller has served as director of many organizations, including the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, Everett Community College Foundation, YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett Golf and Country Club, and both the Everett Area and the South Snohomish County Chambers of Commerce.
"We're very excited to welcome Mr. Deller to the funding board," said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which supports the funding board in its work. "He is passionate about having public spaces for recreation and conservation and understands the importance of making investments today to ensure that Washington remains a great place to live, work and play."
Since 1964, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board has awarded more than $1 billion in grants for more than 5,000 projects in every county of the state. The grants have leveraged more than $822 million in local contributions, bringing the total investment to more than $1.8 billion in Washington's great outdoors.