Will Stelle, who joined the Land Trust in 2018, has been involved with natural resource issues throughout his career. He specialized in marine resource law, then spent more than a decade in Washington D.C. in a variety of roles, serving as staff counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and then with the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. Will later served as special assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to work on the Northwest Forest Plan, and then moved to the White House to referee interdepartmental issues and priorities for natural resources policy and budgets.
Will moved to the Puget Sound region in the mid-1990s and served two tours of duty as Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries. Will lives on an old farming homestead on the north shore of Penn Cove. He’s married to Claudia Stelle. They have had four sons.