Johnny was born and raised in the Bay Area, California and moved to Seattle in 2017. He is currently enrolled at Edmonds Community College to complete his Associate of Science transfer degree in order to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science or Restoration Ecology. His love for plants and the outdoors led him to work in landscaping for the last three years. He hopes to combine his knowledge of horticulture with his passion for ecology to help steward and restore Seattle's urban forests. One of Johnny’s favorite things about interning with DNDA is working with volunteers at restoration events. It brings him a sense of community and he loves to see the progress after a day of hard work. When he isn’t in school or interning with DNDA, he enjoys cooking, trail running, and recently has picked up animal tracking.
Luke came to the Duwamish River Watershed from Oklahoma in 2015 to study at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He quickly fell in love with the land of the Pacific Northwest and devoted his masters project to understanding how different cultural ways of relating to watersheds impact our relationships with indigenous communities working for environmental justice. He recently trained with the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training (DIRT Corps) program focusing on riparian habitat and forest restoration as well as green stormwater infrastructure. Working with DNDA is an exciting opportunity for Luke to take these skills into a career that will deepen his love for the health of our watershed and the community within it. In his free time, he can be found traveling somewhere by bike or hunting for mushrooms.