For over 30 years, James Rasmussen has been an active voice in environmental, habitat, and community issues along the Duwamish River and in the Seattle region. In 2018, James received the Expert Award for Environmental Justice and Equity from the Urban Waters Learning Network (a partnership of River Network and Groundwork USA). He represented the Duwamish Tribe on the organization’s Advisory Council for 10 years before joining the staff as Executive Director in 2011. James served as a member of the Duwamish Tribal Council for 26 years, and as the founding Director of the Duwamish Tribe’s Longhouse and Cultural Center.
Prior to serving as Director, James was a member of the non-profit board for the tribe that located the land, raised funds for its acquisition, and finally raised funds for construction of the Longhouse. He has served on the WRIA 9 (Green-Duwamish) Salmon Habitat and Recovery Board since it was founded in the 1980s and was a small business owner for ten years in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square.