836 S Kenyon
After serving in many capacities at the Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC) for 20 years, DRCC
Superfund Manager James Rasmussen has announced his retirement and plans to relocate to sunny Las
Vegas to join his daughter and enjoy some much needed relaxation and family time. To celebrate his new
beginning, the DRCC invites you to James’ Retirement Celebration and Fond Farewell on Saturday, June 11
from 10 am to 1 pm at El Rio Events (836 S Kenyon St Seattle WA 98108).
Having represented the Duwamish Tribe on the organization’s Advisory Council for 10 years before joining the
staff as Executive Director/Coordinator, as a member of the Duwamish Tribal Council for 26 years, and as the
founding Director of the Duwamish Tribe’s Longhouse and Cultural Center, James has been a consistent and
active voice in environmental, habitat, and community issues along the Duwamish River and in the Seattle
region for over 30 years. He played a fundamental role in the Environmental Protection Agency’s formation of
the Duwamish Superfund Roundtable, which will inform the next phase of the Cleanup Plan, and is a beloved
and legendary figure within the community as well as further afield for his great depth of knowledge of the
River, its history, as well as the science of the Superfund cleanup. James is much sought-after as a public
speaker and allyship for his serene yet tireless advocacy for a clean and healthy River and River Valley. He will
be missed greatly and we wish him a peaceful and satisfying retirement—as Duwamish Valley community
members, we owe him a debt that can never be repaid. He has our deep gratitude for pushing policy-makers
and Responsible Parties to work towards a better environment.
The Duwamish River Community Coalition provides resources, knowledge, and action to build more just
environmental futures. Our mission is to elevate the voice of those impacted by the Duwamish River pollution
and other environmental injustices for a clean, healthy, equitable environment for people and wildlife. We
promote place-keeping and prioritize community capacity and resilience.