Christopher Wally Wright

Junior Fellow, Fall 2015

Christopher Wally Wright is a researcher and analyst, specializing in the fields of development, social, and environmental policy, program, and financial/data management within the public and private sectors. Christopher is particularly interested in how policy, behavior, and citizen engagement strategies can promote resource conservation. He currently works as a Research Analyst with the Washington State Department of Commerce, where he supports the Business Services Division, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness through research and economic and demographic reports and analysis. 

During graduate school at University of Washington in Seattle, Christopher worked as the Social Science/Policy Teaching Assistant for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. He is a recipient of a George Wright National Park Fellowship for the San Juan Island National Historical Park where he worked as a researcher on citizen science engagement strategies for water quality monitoring. Prior to the University of Washington, Christopher taught environmental and wilderness education, guiding mountaineering, backpacking, and kayaking expeditions throughout the US. He also spent time working in higher education and nonprofit administration.

Christopher earned his Master's of Public Administration (MPA) degree, with graduate certificates in Environmental Management and International Development Policy, from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed his thesis on the ecological and policy dimensions of Puget Sound aquaculture, with additional research focused on program evaluation on international development public-private partnership projects, sustainability reporting, GIS and spatial analysis, resource management, and water use and utility economics. Prior to earning his MPA, Christopher earned his BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.