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Joseph Bogaard, Executive Director
Seattle, Washington

jb.kidsJoseph began working for Save Our Wild Salmon in 1996. He first got hooked on Northwest salmon restoration efforts while in graduate school where he authored a paper in the early-1990s, exploring the then-relatively recent Snake River salmon listings under the Endangered Species Act, and how it might impact the region and its federal lands and dams. Before joining the SOS team, Joseph spent many years teaching and working in the forests and mountains of the West. Today, Joseph lives on Vashon Island with his wonderful wife Amy and two children Liesl and Jeremiah.

Gilly Lyons, Policy Director
Portland, Oregon

gilly.bio2Gilly Lyons began her tenure with SOS as Washington, DC Representative in October 2003. After five years in our nation's capitol, she returned to Portland, OR and served as SOS' Senior Policy Analyst. Prior to joining the SOS staff, Gilly spent six years as grassroots coordinator for the Oregon Natural Desert Association (an SOS Coalition member) in Bend and Portland, OR, and two years as legislative advocate for the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign in Washington, DC. Despite all those years as a terrestrial activist, she has been enchanted by Columbia Basin salmon since working on the Oregon Clean Stream Initiative in 1996. Gilly, who hails from New York City, holds a masters of science in environmental studies from the University of Montana. She's not much of an angler, but keeps intending to take lessons. Gilly lives in Portland with her beau, Alan, and her trusty co-pilot Gracie.

Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director
Spokane, Washington

sam.staff.pageSam learned to love rivers and salmon growing up in the Oregon Coast Range, perhaps pre-ordained by being given the middle name of Anne. She first got involved in conservation work graduating Reed College. Sam first got involved in efforts to protect Snake River wild salmon and steelhead 15 years ago working for the Idaho Wildlife Federation. She’s worked for SOS since 2004. Sam lives in Spokane with her dog and her sweetheart, and spends her free time fishing, hiking and gardening.

Save Our wild Salmon is a diverse, nationwide coalition working together to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams and marine waters of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of our region's ecology, economy and culture.



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