Spencer is an environmental planner with 11 years of professional experience in environmental impact analysis, flood hazard management, and intergovernmental facilitation. He has extensive knowledge of the Puget Sound Floodplains by Design (FbD) initiative, collaborative intergovernmental floodplain planning, and integrated multiple-benefit floodplain management. He also is an experienced facilitator who supports collaborative initiatives on topics ranging from agricultural conservation, agricultural viability, climate change, and flood risk reduction.

Spencer holds a Bachelor of Art in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) versed in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System (CRS).