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Associates

Heather Swift - Principal & Founder
Scott Brainard - Principal Wetland Ecologist, Wetland Resouces, LLC
Ben Kaufman - Owner, GreenWorks Development Group
Jason Knight - Wildlife Biologist & Founder of Alderleaf Wilderness College
Kimberly Leeper - Landscape Designer, Mariposa Naturescapes


Heather SwiftHeather Swift
Principal, Founder & Consultant

Heather Swift has worked in the green building industry for seven years. She founded Cohabitats to integrate wildlife habitat conservation, restoration, and stewardship education into green building and other land changing projects. She has done extensive naturalist training including animal tracking which she uses in her project work for sustainable site planning and regenerative design. Her clients include landowners, developers, homeowner associations, foresters, government, and conservation organizations.

Her recent projects include a comprehensive wildlife plan for a green cohousing project, pre-development site studies, wildlife plan development for a landowner through King Conservation District's Upland Wildlife Habitat program, a wildlife survey for Cascade Land Conservancy (as a member of the Cascade Tracker Team), and working with volunteers at Issaquah Highlands to prevent conflict with black bears and other wildlife. She assisted the Pearl River County Office of Planning and Development on creating a guide for conservation development.

Heather is a regular speaker for conferences and workshops including Built Green, the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, WSU Extension and Cascadia Community College. Prior to founding Cohabitats, she was a marketing professional for fifteen years. She is on the faculty at Antioch University Seattle where she teaches marketing at the Masters level and is a guest instructor at Alderleaf Wilderness College. She holds an M.S. in Management from Antioch University Seattle and B.A. from Scripps College of The Claremont Colleges. She holds certificates from Wilderness Awareness School and completed the WSU Extension Forest Stewardship program.