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David Brownell

Board Member

Executive Director, North Olympic History Center

Favorite local wildlife: Roosevelt Elk
Favorite native plant: Lomatium Nudicaule (Barestem Biscuitroot)
Favorite local place: Qatay Prairie, Port Townsend


David Brownell holds a BA in History from Hanover College and an MA in Public History from Wright State University. After serving as Research Coordinator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office, David moved to Washington in 2015 to take a position as Cultural Resources Specialist for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, and in 2018 he was designated as Jamestown’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer by Tribal Council. In the fall of 2021, he became Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center. During David’s tenure with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, he worked extensively with Jefferson Land Trust’s conservation team to secure and protect the Tamanowas Rock Sanctuary, and to educate and train Land Trust staff members on cultural resource identification and inadvertent discovery protocols.

In addition to serving on the Board of Jefferson Land Trust, David is a member of the Clallam County Heritage Advisory Board and the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Trustees.

During his tenure working with the indigenous Tribes of the Olympic Peninsula and the Land Trust staff, David found inspiration in the shared mission of preserving our unique and fascinating landscape for future generations. He has joined the Land Trust’s board to help integrate cultural resource awareness and preservation into the conservation of this ancient and irreplaceable landscape.