Q&A with Alumna Kathleen Pozarycki

Alumna Kathleen Pozarycki graduated from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2008. She recently returned to campus during Prospective Student Visit Weekend, to serve on a Q&A Panel for students admitted to join the Class of 2021. We had a chance to catch up with Kathleen and hear about her career, and ask what advice she has for current SMEA students.

Can you give us a brief description of what you do?

I work for Snohomish County (WA) in Public Works, in Surface Water Management. I am a Senior Planner at Snohomish County. In this role, I serve as a staff liaison to a Council-appointed board of citizens appointed by Snohomish County Council to advise the County on marine issues.

What do you like best about your job?

It’s such an honor to work with a talented, motivated committee full of energy, ideas, creativity and motivation! They are always teaching me new things and new ways to move marine conservation forward in our local community.

If you had one piece of advice for current SMEA students, what would it be?

Soak it all in. Go to extra lectures. Introduce yourself to guest lecturers. Get outside your comfort zone. The people you meet at SMEA will be in your career network moving forward, and you have an amazing opportunity now to get to know them, pitch ideas, and help contribute to the body of knowledge and people working on a shared passion of marine issues.