Photo courtesy of the Methow Valley Citizens Council Brian de Place, his wife, Hannah, and their son  Felix have relocated to Twisp.

Photo courtesy of the Methow Valley Citizens Council

Brian de Place, his wife, Hannah, and their son Felix have relocated to Twisp.

The Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC) has hired Brian de Place as its new executive director. He will join MVCC on June 20.

“Moving to the Methow Valley and working at an organization that has been so instrumental in preserving this place is like a dream come true,” said de Place, a lifelong visitor to the valley.

The new executive director’s professional background includes over 10 years with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), most recently as director of that agency’s Street Use Division. According to an MVCC press release, de Place “learned the intricacies of a complex regulatory environment, advanced legislative reforms and worked to establish partnerships with many different interest groups affected by SDOT actions. Brian takes great pride in successfully bringing together local residents, businesses and advocacy groups to develop and execute a plan for uses of Seattle shoreline property.”

Prior to his role with the Seattle Department of Transportation, de Place served as business and operations manager for the Family and Adult Service Center, a Seattle nonprofit homeless shelter.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Brian to our staff,” said MVCC board chair Maggie Coon. “He’ll be a terrific fit for our mission to raise a strong community voice for protecting the natural environment and rural character of the Methow Valley. He has exactly the mix of knowledge, enthusiasm and interest in advocacy that we were looking for. Plus he’s an all-around great guy.”

The new executive director joins Lorah Super, MVCC program director, and Raechel Youngberg, communications intern, on the MVCC staff.

De Place holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and a master’s degree from the Catholic University Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. He and his wife, Hannah, and their 4-year old son, Felix, have recently relocated to Burgar Street in Twisp.