Our Team


Howard Sharfstein

Howard Sharfstein is a retired environmental attorney and former corporate sustainability leader. Howard has been an environmental professional serving in policy, technical and legal roles for 40 years. As a practicing attorney, he served as counsel to the Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Sustainability Advisory Board, and helped its Global Energy Services team develop effective strategies to reduce the company’s carbon emissions. More recently, Howard has been adjunct professor at Western Washington University since 2019 where he taught both Environmental Law & Policy and Energy Policy & Politics. Howard is currently the Climate Planning Team Leader for Peak Sustainability Group. He is thrilled to launch the Kulshan Carbon Trust and accelerate a national carbon conservation trust movement.   

Steve Hollenhorst

Steve Hollenhorst is a Professor and Dean of the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, founding director of UI’s award-winning Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, founding director of the UI McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), and co-editor of the international academic journals Society and Natural Resources and the International Journal of Wilderness. Steve also founded the West Virginia Land Trust where he gained experience in conservation easement management. He now brings his expertise in land use policy and environmental leadership to the Kulshan Carbon Trust. 



Jessa Clark is a Sustainability Consultant at Peak Sustainability Group, raised in Bellingham, WA. She graduated from Stanford University with her B.S. in Earth Systems and M.S. in Sustainability Science & Practice. Her aim is to equip leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to create meaningful change in their sphere and beyond. Jessa uses systems mapping and sustainability analysis to identify key leverage points for positive impact, engages diverse stakeholders in collaborative solutions, and works with businesses to integrate sustainability into corporate values and operations. She believes that a collaborative and holistic approach to solutions has the power to spark systemic change on the many critical challenges society is facing. Jessa brings this belief to her work with the Kulshan Carbon Trust.  



Dana Ringler is a Kulshan Carbon Trust Fellow assisting with grant writing, community outreach, and nonprofit formation. Dana graduated from The George Washington University in 2019 with her Bachelors in International Affairs, concentrating in International Development. Dana has experience as a legal assistant for the City of Bellingham, currently manages The Red SEA Collective’s blog, and brings four years of outdoor industry experience to KCT. Leveraging her writing and organizing expertise, she works to build community connections and gather support for carbon conservation trusts. Dana grew up playing outdors in the Pacific Northwest, where she gained her passion for environmental conservation.



Emily Pittis is a Kulshan Carbon Trust Fellow assisting with business planning, regenerative agriculture programming, and nonprofit formation. Graduating in 2020, Emily double-majored in International Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, with a certificate in Sustainable Business Practices. During college, Emily interned on the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society farm. Now, Emily works for KCT remotely while putting her academic expertise into practice on the Clark Fork Organics farm in Missoula, Montana. Her dedication to sustainable farming and practical business management experience brings meaningful perspective to the carbon conservation’s mission.