Interim Executive Director
Duane Woods is Senior Vice President emeritus for Waste Management Inc., the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America with over $14 Billion in annual revenues. Mr. Woods served as Senior Vice President for Waste Management from July, 2004 through his retirement effective November 30, 2012. In that role he was responsible for over $3.4 Billion Dollars in revenues and more than 10,000 employees in Western Canada, Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Mr. Woods played a key role in the Waste Management’s sustainability strategy, initiatives and business transformation. He was an executive sponsor for many of the Company’s most innovative pilots into renewable energy and conversion technologies and led the Company’s clean fleet initiative with over 1,100 natural gas trucks in the West alone.
Prior to accepting the position of SVP, Mr. Woods served as Vice President & General Counsel for Waste Management’s Western US operations. Before joining Waste Management in 1998, Mr. Woods was also an owner and executive of several successful environmental, solid waste and recycling companies in the Pacific Northwest.
Before joining Waste Management in 1998, Mr. Woods practiced environmental and land use law for over 18 years, based in Seattle, Washington. He was a founding partner of Summit Law Group, LLC located in Seattle Washington and a senior partner in the national law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe.
Mr. Woods has had a long history of government and civic involvement. Graduating from the University of Washington in 1973, he ran several successful congressional and local election campaigns and then joined the Seattle City Council as a legislative and policy director. In this role, he was integrally involved in some of Seattle’s most transformative land use and development initiatives. In 1975, he accepted the appointment as the State’s Assistant Secretary of State, managing the Corporations, UCC and Elections Departments. Throughout his career in Seattle, Mr. Woods was involved in Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Leadership Tomorrow, United Way and other local charitable foundations.
Duane and his wife Teri, reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona. In addition to GPEC, he serves on the Board of the Thunderbirds Charities. Duane is also the immediate Past-Chair and Executive Committee member of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and Arizona Sports Foundation where he led a difficult investigation and reform of the organization that was key to its survival as a key economic contributor in the State.