Russ Lehman, Executive Director

Seattle, Mt Vernon 360-336-9694 (office) 360-556-1564 (mobile)

Russ became the Executive Director of the Network in June 2016. As a place where there is alignment of experience, passion, commitment and values, Russ is both extremely excited and incredibly optimistic upon joining the Network. Russ brings his experience as an attorney, policy adviser, nonprofit creator and leader, and graduate faculty to the Network where his passion for truly sustainable communities can flourish… and be impactful. Russ spent 2013-2015 in Amsterdam, a truly magnificent place. When not working Russ is most often on a bicycle.




Clara ProfileClara Duff, Development Associate,
La Conner | 360-336-9694

Clara Duff joined WSFFN as Development Associate in 2010. She has enjoyed fundraising and alumni & donor relations since 1994, working for 16 years for Fountain Valley School of Colorado. Prior to that she had a career in education and administration in the U.S., England and Colombia. In past years she served on the boards of the Colorado Women’s Lobby and the national Alumni Program Council; currently she is on the board of the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, where she resides with her husband. They have two daughters. Clara sees this Network opportunity as the perfect marriage of two sides of her Hungarian family heritage, blending her mother’s life on a large farm overlooking the Danube with her paternal ancestry that was devoted to public health. She counts herself lucky to have a daily drive to The Network office that takes her through the beautiful, rich Skagit farmlands.


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Joan Qazi, Farm to Schools Coordinator
Wenatchee | 509-881-9182

Joan Qazi is the Central Washington Coordinator for the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network’s Farm to School project and an adjunct faculty teaching Geography and Climate Change coursework at Wenatchee Valley College in central Washington. Her doctoral research focused on the Washington State apple industry and post-doc work has highlighted local food systems. Joan is a parent, community food system advocate, and geography instructor who is dedicated to helping kids eat well and understand where their food really comes from. Joan is most interested in exploring the meaning of sustainability both intellectually and empirically, whether through facilitating a College course discussion or through building a school garden and maintaining its institutional support.