Bart joined the staff at Waterkeeper Alliance in 2014 and currently serves as the Organizing Manager in the U.S. He has close to ten years experience with the Waterkeeper Movement having started out in 2010 as the Spokane Riverkeeper in Spokane, Washington; which included a stint on the Waterkeeper Council. After four years as a Waterkeeper, he joined staff first to spearhead the then-new Affiliate Program. In 2016 he began coordinating Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates in the Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, and South Atlantic regions. His new role as Organizing Manager started at the start of 2019.
Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Bart has always been around rivers, and from a young age cultivated a sense of ecological and social justice in relation to clean water. Bart holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University. In 2011, Bart was recognized for his outstanding public service contributions with a Peirone Award, given by the Pacific Northwest Inlander. In 2013 he was recognized by both the Spokane Businesses Catalyst Magazine and by Eastern Washington University in their respective “20 under 40” lists. And in 2014 he was awarded the Inspirational Young Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Eastern Washington University.
Bart and his wife Sara and their sons Emmett and Arlo make their home in Missoula, Montana, having previously lived in Spokane, Washington for 14 years. They enjoy outdoor activities, live music and traveling.
In addition to his role at the Waterkeeper Alliance, Bart serves as the chair of the City of Missoula’s Energy and Climate Team.