DONNA SANDSTROM

Founder and Executive Director

Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director of The Whale Trail. Concerned about the decline of the endangered southern resident orcas (J, K and L pods), Donna founded The Whale Trail in 2008 with support from a core team of partners. From 16 inaugural sites in Washington there are now more than 100, spanning the west coast from California to British Columbia. Donna recently served as a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Task Force on SRKW Recovery.

Prior to founding The Whale Trail, Donna had a 14-year career as a project and team manager at Adobe Systems. In 2002 she was a citizen participant in the successful effort to return an orphaned orca, Springer, to her pod and native waters. She is the author of a middle grade non-fiction book about Springer, scheduled for publication by Kids Can Press in Spring 2021. She also co-authored a teaching curriculum based on Springer’s story for NOAA Fisheries.

Donna attended UC Santa Cruz 1974 to 1979 where she studied psychobiology. She lives in West Seattle.

Contact: donna@thewhaletrail.org, 206-919-5397

WHALE TRAIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Claudia Berg
Margaret (Peggy) Cummings
Kris Cooper, CPA
Bob Livingston
Pia Van Hanen

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