Lynn Palensky joined the Council in October of 2000. She worked as Subbasin Planning Coordinator until 2005 helping to support the regional effort to develop subbasin plans under the 2000 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Currently Lynn works on program development and implementation, leading the process to review and recommend over $230 million in program funding to implement projects benefiting fish and wildlife in the Columbia Basin. Lynn comes to the Council from Washington State, Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), where she was the Riparian Habitat Grant Program Coordinator, and staff to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Lynn has experience working with fish and wildlife restoration, acquisition, and conservation easement grant programs for over 17 years. Prior to RCO, she worked for Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife as a fish habitat biologist for state/federal restoration grant programs and as a shellfish biologist and research diver. Lynn earned a B.S. degree from the University of Washington School of Fisheries, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Troy State University, Alabama while living in Spain.