Who We Are
Bringing Idahoans together for economically and environmentally sustainable actions to address our changing environment and improve the quality of life for all residents. ISEC's focus is on technical solutions to address changing weather, water availability, land use, and pressures from a rapidly increasing population.
Board of Directors
Stephanie Walsh, President
Stephanie Walsh, president of the Idaho Sustainability and Energy Coalition (ISEC)
Linda Montgomery, Vice President
Linda Montgomery is a retired attorney who practiced environmental law for 30 years, 20 of which she was the head in-house lawyer for energy, construction, and government research and environmental clean-up firms. Linda worked on environmental contracts for the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Interior, Forest Service, and the Department of Energy.
Linda has served in Fortune 50 public companies, non-profit companies, government contractors, and start-up companies. She was named to Who’s Who in the Practice of Law, was awarded one of the National Law Journal’s 50 legal trailblazers in energy and environmental law, and was a 2019 winner of the Idaho Business Review’s ICON award. She serves on several non-profit boards, including the Museum of Idaho, where, as board chair, she oversaw the restructuring of the board, a $5M building expansion, and the search and hiring of a new executive director. Linda is well known for her practical advice, innovative ideas, and organizational skills. In addition to serving as the Vice President of the Idaho Sustainability and Energy Coalition, she is consulting and teaching part-time for the College of Eastern Idaho.
Karen Baker, Treasurer
Karen Baker is an experienced and highly respected nonprofit leader and community organizer. Karen recently retired as Executive Director of the Museum of Idaho, where she led the organization to become the state's premier history and science center Karen has also served as the Director of Community Education at the Vista Hermosa Foundation and the Executive Director of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and integrates economics and fiscal responsibility into all of her jobs and advisory roles.
Karen was recognized by the Idaho Business Review as one of the 25 most influential names in the non-profit sector in Idaho in 2022--the 25 Power List. She was also awarded the 2021 Woman of Influence (Idaho Statesman, Post Register) and the 2020 CEO of Influence by the Idaho Statesman.
Karen is an inspiring leader known for innovative, high-impact results across her multiple non-profit and for-profit organizations. With a unique blend of strategic insight, financial acumen, and emphasis on social responsibility, Karen has earned the deep trust and confidence of the communities she has supported.
Chris Ischay, Director
Keith Daum, Director
Joe Mitchell, Ex Officio board Member
Joe Mitchell was born in North Idaho and lived for 18 years on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. Joe was a design engineer for Argonne National Laboratory and Vice President of Engineering for Walsh Engineering Services.