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NW Clean Air names new communications manager

Seth Preston, Sep. 1, 2016

The Northwest Clean Air Agency recently named Seth Preston as the new communications program manager.

Preston has 30-plus years of professional communications experience. That includes working for the past 10 years as the communications manager for the Washington Department of Ecology’s air quality and toxics cleanup programs. Before that, Preston spent 22 years as an editor and reporter at daily newspapers in Washington and Idaho.

Preston replaces Katie J. Skipper, Northwest Clean Air’s previous communications program manager.

“We’re counting on Seth to maintain the great work that Katie started, and to expand our efforts to communicate about how Northwest Clean Air protects and improves the area’s air quality,” said Mark Buford, Northwest Clean Air deputy director.

Preston is a Sedro-Woolley native. He is a graduate of Sedro-Woolley High School and Western Washington University. He began his communications career in 1984.

“I’m excited to work for the agency that leads local efforts to protect the air we all breathe, which in turn improves the public’s health,” he said.

At Ecology, Preston led communications efforts for air quality and climate change issues for 6 years (2006-2012). He also led communications about the cleanup of contaminated properties for his entire Ecology tenure.

Preston’s newspaper experience includes serving in newsroom leadership positions at the Skagit Valley Herald, The Chronicle in Centralia, The Idaho Statesman in Boise, ID, and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, ID.