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Brent Lyles.

Contributed photo Brent Lyles.

Meet Brent Lyles, New Executive Director at Friends of the San Juans

  • Fri Dec 11th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans

You are invited to a virtual town hall at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The town hall meeting will be led by Brent Lyles, Friends of the San Juans’ new Executive Director. Brent will introduce himself, share some highlights of Friends of the San Juans’ activities, and open it up to the audience to learn about what you are interested in most. While this conversation would ideally take place in person, he is excited to meet you virtually and answer your questions. Register at, and feel free to submit questions for Brent in advance to

Brent comes to Friends with over 20 years of experience leading environmental protection and education efforts. “In my first couple of months on the job, as I’ve really dug in and learned about the Friends’ programming and impact, I’ve been so impressed, not just with the quality and rigor of the work, which is amazing, but also with the strong sense of community and collaboration,” said Brent.

“This is not work that happens in isolation. We can’t do it alone, and we don’t. Here at Friends of the San Juans, not only do we have a long list of organizations and agencies that we are actively partnering with, but we also collaborate with our community,” continued Brent. “This town hall is a chance for Friends of the San Juans to launch a new and open dialogue with our neighbors, and I’m really looking forward to the conversation.”

Friends of the San Juans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature. Founded in 1979, the organization has become a leading proponent of safe shipping, clean water, healthy forests and farmlands, natural beaches, and resilient communities. Through innovative programs, Friends harnesses science, education, and advocacy to help protect what you love about the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea. For more information, visit