From the Climate Impacts Group to King County – A new adventure for CIG’s Lara Whitely Binder

It is with both sadness and pride that we announce the departure of long-time Climate Impacts Group team member, Lara Whitely Binder. Lara will be starting her next adventure as the Climate Preparedness Specialist with King County, where she will continue to make significant contributions in building climate resilience across the region.

As a key member of the Climate Impacts Group for 16 years, Lara has become a regionally recognized leader in helping communities consider climate impacts as part of their operations and decision-making. She has assisted a wide range of municipalities, counties, state agencies, federal land managers, and tribes as they seek to embed climate thinking into their management of natural resources and infrastructure. Through these efforts, the projects she has led, and her tireless communication across the region, Lara has been instrumental in building long-lasting partnerships that define our success today.

Legend has it that Lara began her career at CIG by approaching one of our lead scientists after a guest lecture in graduate school and suggesting that she could help improve our communication and outreach. Whether or not the story is true, we know that you’ll agree that Lara succeeded!

We extend our gratitude to Lara for her monumental contributions to our organization and to the University of Washington community. We wish her well in her next endeavor with King County. Lara’s last day in the office is today, June 30th


While we plan how best to fill her shoes, Lara’s responsibilities have been distributed across our team: 

  • Communications and engagement (including media and presentation requests): Heidi Roop, Strategic Communications Lead,
  • Northwest Climate Conference: April Huff, Administrative Specialist,
  • CIG’s work with Tribes: Meade Krosby, Research Scientist,
  • All other questions or requests: Joe Casola, Deputy Director, or Harriet Morgan, Research Consultant,