Campion Advocacy Fund Names Neil Kornze as New CEO

Campion Advocacy Fund Names Neil Kornze as New CEO

Kornze Served as Director of Bureau of Land Management for President Obama

SEATTLE – Tom and Sonya Campion, founding trustees of the Campion Advocacy Fund and the Campion Foundation, announced today the selection of Neil Kornze as the new Chief Executive Officer of both organizations, which work to protect public lands, end homelessness, and build nonprofit capacity.

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Neil to Seattle and the Campion team,” said trustees Tom and Sonya Campion. “Our nation’s public lands and our most vulnerable communities are facing unprecedented threats. We’re up for the fight and we’re excited to have Neil’s leadership take our work to a new level of impact and leverage. Together, we will execute a bold vision into the future for wild places, people experiencing homelessness in our communities, and advocacy in the nonprofit sector.”

The Campion Foundation and Campion Advocacy Fund were established to preserve the last remaining wild places across the West. Through this work, Campion has directed substantial support to the protection of vital landscapes like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness in Idaho, and numerous other wild places throughout the western United States and Canada.

A second major focus for the Foundation and Fund is working to end homelessness in Washington state and across the country. Campion has supported critical efforts including the establishment of the Washington State Office of Homeless Youth and the creation of innovative public-private partnerships to end youth homelessness like A Way Home America and A Way Home Washington.

Kornze, who started as CEO at the beginning of January, brings extensive experience in public administration to these important programs. From 2014 to 2017, he served in the Obama Administration as the Senate-confirmed Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the nation’s largest public lands agency. The BLM has more than 10,000 employees and responsibility for more than ten percent of land in the United States. Prior to his time at the BLM, Kornze spent nearly a decade working as a policy advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. After leaving the Obama Administration, he founded his own strategy firm to help clients protect land and wildlife, and focused on expanding the outdoor economy.

“I am proud to join the stellar team at the Campion Advocacy Fund and the Campion Foundation. The majestic land, water and wildlife that define us as a nation are under assault. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Americans lack a safe place to sleep, and the problem is getting worse in many communities. We will be working tirelessly to bring attention to these urgent issues and to support those who are fighting for change,” said Neil Kornze.

Under Kornze’s leadership at the BLM, protections were added to an unprecedented fifty-five million acres of public land to support the recovery of umbrella species like the Greater Sage Grouse and to preserve treasures like the ancient Native American sites found in Bears Ears National Monument. Kornze also led major reforms of our nation’s energy programs, including halting massive federal coal sales, dramatically reducing emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands, and authorizing the largest wind and solar projects in North America.

The Campion Foundation was founded in 2005 by Tom and Sonya Campion following Tom’s success in co-founding and leading Zumiez, a Washington-based company that is the world’s largest action-sports retailer with 700 stores on three continents. Tom and Sonya took their efforts a step further in 2013 when they established the Campion Advocacy Fund, a separate but affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works on similar issues to the original 501(c)3 foundation.

Raised in Elko, Nevada, Kornze earned his undergraduate degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


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A Way Home Washington, First Lady Trudi Inslee, and Pearl Jam Announce Anchor Community Initiative

Photo Credit: Jim Bennett

Last week, Campion Foundation grantee A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) joined with Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee and Pearl Jam to launch a major statewide campaign to end youth and young adult homelessness in four communities by 2022. The campaign, called the Anchor Community Initiative, will be a key part of creating a statewide system to ensure that every young person in Washington has a safe place to sleep.

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Read Sonya Campion’s Guest Editorial in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Read Sonya Campion’s Guest Editorial in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Dear Colleagues,

With daily negative headlines and community dialogue about the lack of progress to prevent and end homelessness in the Seattle area, I’ve been dismayed that no one is talking about the major steps forward in Washington’s 2018 legislative session. Thanks to the work of our amazing grantees and the leadership of Washington’s elected officials, this year’s session had the most substantive policy victories to end homelessness in the past decade. So we at the Campion Advocacy Fund decided to collect the recent successes in a guest editorial published this week by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Please share it far and wide to increase the discussion of positive solutions and the leadership needed to move forward!

Read and share our Guest Editorial in the Puget Sound Business Journal here!

In these dog days of summer, when your legislators and candidates are in your community, I hope that you will show up and speak up to let them know that we expect this caliber of leadership and momentum to continue until we finally end homelessness both in Washington and across the country.

Thanks for your leadership — we can do this.

Sonya Campion

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Read Tom Campion’s Letter to Ryan Zinke on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Right now, hundreds of thousands of letters from people all across the United States are pouring into the Department of the Interior as it takes public comment on its plans to drill in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists, teachers, conservationists, Native leaders, elected officials and countless others are expressing their disapproval of Ryan Zinke and Donald Trump opening the Arctic Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

The full text of Tom Campion’s letter to Zinke is below. Thank you for all that you do.

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Campion Advocacy Fund Announces Departure of CEO Lisa Jaguzny

Today we are announcing the impending departure of Lisa Jaguzny, long-time leader of the Campion Foundation and founding CEO of the Campion Advocacy Fund.

Jaguzny will begin work as the new Executive Director for Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, a living laboratory for sustainable agriculture, outdoor environmental education, native plants, and environmental stewardship in Carnation, Washington.

Lisa Jaguzny first joined the Campion Foundation nearly 10 years ago. In the past decade she has worked closely with Campion’s trustees to refine our mission and strategy to focus on advocacy, culminating in the establishment of an advocacy-focused 501(c)(4) nonprofit in addition to the original 501(c)(3) foundation.

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