About

Staff

Meet the staff of the Audubon Center at Seward Park

Joseph Manson, Center Director

After serving in multiple capacities at the Seward Park Audubon Center Joey become the Center’s director in 2015. His vision as director is to make nature-based education available to all students in local schools and provide programs for all that facilitate positive experiences in Seattle’s wild spaces. A native of Washington, DC, Joey is a life-long Maryland Terrapin, but cherishes the woods and water of the Evergreen State. Joey has also served on National Audubon’s Strategic Plan Committee and is a member of Audubon’s Diversity & Inclusion Cohort.

Charley Wilkinson, Development Director

Charley serves as Development Director for Audubon Washington and the Seward Park Audubon Center. She brings a multidisciplinary professional background and love of the natural world to her work creating funding opportunities for Audubon’s conservation and education initiatives throughout Washington. 

She has worked for Audubon in a variety of roles since 2009, when she got her start as a conservation intern for Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary in New York, where she went on to serve as their Education Manager. Before moving to Seattle in 2016, Charley spent four years as the Development and Finance Associate for Audubon Vermont and The Green Mountain Audubon Center, securing essential funds for their landscape conservation work, endangered bird species monitoring, and environmental education initiatives.

When Charley's not in the office, you might find her reading, hiking in the mountains, running or riding her bike, or exploring Seattle with her husband. 

Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist 

A native of Mount Shasta, Ed obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from California State University. Growing up in the southern Cascade Range, Ed was introduced to the plants and animals of the mountains at an early age by his father. Knowledgeable in geology, trees, wildflowers, and mammals,  Ed particularly enjoys birding and bird songs. He is passionate about environmental education and leads owl prowls, bat walks, nature hikes, and presents evening programs on a variety of naturalist topics. When not working at the Center, Ed plays music and leads climbs with the Seattle Mountaineers. He lives in the Madrona neighborhood just north of Seward Park.
 

Courtney Straight, Volunteer Coordinator

 

Sean Adair, Naturalist

Sean is a University of Washington graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies and two related minors. He loves climbing tall trees to sway with the breeze, riding his bicycle around Puget Sound, reading books, writing poetry, philosophy, and spending quality time with loved ones. Sean believes in the importance of getting people in touch with the wisdom, beauty, and abundance of the nature outside our doors and within ourselves. Seward Park is an amazing place to spread your awareness, so come on down and spend some time here! There’s magic in these woods.

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