Staff –

J.R. CARLSON
Executive Director

Mr. Carlson’s 30-year portfolio includes programs that influence decision-making in federal agencies; organization of local governments to reform administrative government; formation and execution of legislative strategies; technical, statutory, and historical research; environmental compliance; large-scale infrastructure project management; and, start-up of statewide associations.

His ability to merge reconnaissance, technical analysis, political strategy, and focused strategic directives into successful policy initiatives is recognized in government, policy, technical, regulatory, legal and industrial circles.

Mr. Carlson’s professional career began with 15 years of lower management experience in the electric utility sector.  During this period, he developed an appreciation for industry, gaining experience in energy, infrastructure construction, regulatory negotiations, energy, water research, and environmental policy.  He has participated in a number of leadership circles, notably the Steering Committee of the Utilities Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Mr. Carlson is presently is working on what he hopes will be a framework for a national association of county governments that will engage federal agencies on natural-resource and administrative policy issues from the bottom up.                                                                                                                                                           

Norman MacLeodNORMAN MACLEOD
Communications and Research Analyst

Norman MacLeod was born in Vermont, where he received his education in forestry at the University of Vermont prior to entering the Air Force, from which he retired in 1997. Combining his education and military experience, he launched Gaelic Wolf Consulting, specializing in natural resource policy and government relations.

Involved with projects around the nation, his concern for the quality of science used in the regulatory community led him to become one of the founders of the Environmental Sciences Independent Peer Review Institute, a non-profit that built capacity to perform rigorous independent peer review of the science used to inform public policy.

Norm has experience working with state legislators and members of Congress as part of his work for his clients. He played a key role in the development of first-of-kind scientific integrity legislation in the State of Washington.

His work with local governments focuses around the full exercise of their inherent role, power, and authority through the exercise of the Tenth Amendment’s principle of reserved powers. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring protection of both the natural and human environment to achieve productive harmony between the two in full support of vibrant local economies. Mr. MacLeod’s practice areas include issues involving water resources, fisheries, agricultural and ranching practices, energy production, and Endangered Species Act listing and recovery processes.

Norm joined KNRC as a communications analyst in November, 2016.