We are so excited to introduce Teddy Wingo as our first-ever Development Director! Teddy joined the ECOSS team in late October and brings a depth of knowledge around development work and relationship-building with the donor community.

How were your first two weeks at ECOSS? Any standout moments?

– My first two weeks were busy! I arrived the week of the Gratitude Gathering so I joined the all-hands-on-deck effort from the jump to help make sure we hosted a great event. The following week I attended the Front and Centered Environmental Justice Summit in Ellensburg. I feel as though I’ve hardly had the opportunity to think about my role to this point but in a way it has been the perfect start because I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many members of our community and learn about the importance of the work at hand.

What excites you about development work at ECOSS?

– I’m excited for development work at ECOSS because the organization has very few individual, unrestricted donors. This means we have the opportunity to tell stories, expand our reach, and grow the community that supports ECOSS’ programs and their work. The efforts of our programmatic staff are so important and so impactful. My goal is to share their stories with the greater Seattle community so we can gain far-reaching support which can help their programs achieve an even greater impact without any restrictions.

Can you share a little bit about your background working in development?

– I have been working in development for a number of years now. I previously worked as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, as well as the Development Manager at Columbia Land Trust – an organization that does conservation and restoration work throughout the Columbia River Gorge Region.

What are some things you like to do for fun?

– I love to travel. Whether that is going on a road trip or flying to another country, I try and take every opportunity I can to get out and see the world. The mountains bring me peace. I try and hike and backpack as much as I can during the summer months and snowboard during the winter. I grew up playing soccer and still have a deep love for the game, I don’t play as much as I used to but recently I’ve been intentional about doing so more often. I also just love to work in our yard and walk my dog. As long as I’m outside, I’m happy!