Cascadia Law Group
Jay rejoined Cascadia Law Group in 2011 after more than six years as Director of the Department of Ecology and Governor Gregoire’s Chief of Staff. His practice focuses on environmental and energy matters, providing consulting and legal services to clients involved in significant issues of public policy, major projects seeking government approval and/or funding and other legislative and policy challenges. As Chief of Staff from 2009 to July of 2011, Jay worked closely with the Governor and her Cabinet and Senior Staff to address budgetary and public policy challenges facing state government. As Director at Ecology from 2005 to 2009, Jay’s primary areas of focus were managing the state’s water resources, including implementing the new Columbia River Water Program, guiding the effort to bring Puget Sound back to good health by 2020, and addressing the challenge of climate change. In 2012, Jay co-chaired the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, which led to an Executive Order directing the state’s implementation of the panel’s recommendations for a coordinated, regional response. Jay earned his JD from the University of Oregon School of Law.