Executive Director Departure

(From Tony Brand, Board President, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides)


It is with a bittersweet mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Kim Leval's departure as Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), effective December 27, 2017.

Since 2009, Kim has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck as she seeks out new endeavors. We want to thank her for the nine years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including: 

  • Growing membership to more than 19,000 households and businesses across the region and nation
  • Helping re-brand the organization and grow the web and social media presence
  • Working to build the organization back after the economic downturn in 2009
  • Growing NCAP's regional footprint to place staff in the Portland and Seattle areas in addition to Eugene and Boise 
  • Strengthening the reputation of NCAP as a science-based organization
  • Winning on-going, no-spray buffers along waterways throughout the region to better protect salmon and their habitat from pesticide harms
  • Increasing NCAP's work to change policies at the federal, state, county and city levels
  • Launching efforts to increase and diversify revenue streams to successfully recruit more businesses and federal, state, county and city dollars to support NCAP's work
Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find the new NCAP Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. We will share the job announcement soon and ask for your help in identifying candidates who can help NCAP continue along this successful trajectory. 
Again, we cannot thank Kim enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given NCAP over the past nine years. She will be greatly missed by the staff, board, members and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of her career as she explores what's next and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of NCAP, as we continue to protect community and environmental health by advancing alternatives to pesticides. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at: [email protected]
Tony Brand, NCAP Board President

A Message from Kim Leval

Dear Supporters, Friends and Advocates,

I have been honored to serve as the Northwest Center for Alternative to Pesticides' (NCAP) executive director for nearly nine years. Together, with your committed support, we have advanced NCAP’s critical mission of protecting community and environmental health and inspiring the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides. We have protected wildlife, people and places, and we have changed policies. Thank you!

This past August, I informed the board and staff that I would be changing my relationship from executive director to dedicated cheerleader, mentor and supporter. It is time for me to pursue other endeavors. I strongly believe new leadership is healthy for organizations.

With our stellar staff and strong board, we’ve been planning for a smooth transition behind the scenes to bring us to this point of readiness to make my departure public. Together, with your help, we are confident that NCAP’s enduring work will continue to strengthen and blossom in new ways.

NCAP’s relationship with you – our supporters, friends and advocates – is of paramount importance and I ask for your continued support. The board, staff and myself are unified in our intentions that NCAP remain a strong and stable organization now and into the future.

My last day as executive director will be December 31, 2017. Following my last day, I will be available in a consulting role to the board, staff and new executive director, once hired, to prepare NCAP for continued success. Stay tuned for the forthcoming job announcement as we launch our search for the next leader of our team.

Please join me in continuing your support with a special gift to ensure the continuance of NCAP’s vision and legacy as we enter this next chapter in our 40-year history.

With much gratitude, 

Kim Leval
Executive Director (outgoing)


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