Joseph Bogaard, Executive Director
Joseph began working for the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition 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 partner Amy and two children Liesl and Jeremiah. He is a former commissioner of Water District 19 (King County) and currently serves as a board member with the NW Energy Coalition and Braided River.
Tanya Riordan, Policy and Advocacy Director
Martha is a queer, non-binary person of color and her ancestral roots are in Mexico. Martha was born and currently resides on Kizh/Tongva ancestral lands in California, where she witnessed environmental injustice first-hand, and it fueled her passion to learn about environmental justice and social justice. Martha has a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and two minors: Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning and Climate Science and Policy from the University of California, Davis. In the fall of 2020, Martha started working at SOS, where she spent time learning about advocacy that strives for community and ecosystem resiliency. Martha is dedicated to working with communities to connect and practice reciprocity with nature, along with advocating for transformative changes to better our world for the present and future generations.
Marc Sullivan, Western Washington Coordinator
Abby Dalke, Outreach Coordinator
Abby has bounced around the Pacific Northwest her entire life which has instilled in her a deep appreciation and love for the cohabitants of the region. She recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and had the opportunity to research the effects of anthropogenic stressors on freshwater ecosystems. Studying the effects of climate change and microplastics on amphibians was eye-opening and has propelled Abby to take action to protect the ecosystems that she loves so dearly. She currently lives in Portland where she enjoys trail running with her pup, fly fishing, and cooking with friends.
Britt Freda, NWAAE Creative Director
Vashon Island, Washington
Britt Freda is an artist and the Creative Director for Northwest Artists Against Extinction (NWAAE), a project of Save Our wild Salmon Coalition. Britt’s paintings focus on endangered species and extinctions, environmental impact, interdependence, and social justice. Her work can be found in museums, galleries, public spaces, and private collections. Britt finds herself most inspired, joyful, and at home when she is outside—whether skiing, backpacking, cycling, fly fishing in alpine streams, or sea kayaking and paddle boarding around the Salish Sea among harbor seals, otters, orcas, osprey, and eagles. Britt grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, ancestral lands of the Kapuuta Nuuchi Ute Tribes, and in Northern New Mexico, surrounded by the prominent culture of the Tiwa Pueblo people who have continuously inhabited the mountains around sacred Blue Lake since approximately 1000 AD. Britt and her family currently live on the ancestral lands of the sx̌ʷəbabš or Swift Water Coast Salish People (Vashon Island).
Graeme Lee Rowlands, Columbia River Treaty Project Coordinator
The Columbia Basin
Graeme Lee Rowlands studied at Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia where he completed an interdisciplinary degree in Water Resource Sciences with a special focus on the Columbia River Basin and the Columbia River Treaty. His work has since been published in more than 50 journalistic and academic outlets including the Seattle Times, Maclean’s Magazine, and the official journal of the International Water Resources Association. Graeme has also traveled extensively throughout the watershed to learn directly from people and places. Most notably, in 2017 he followed the entire length of the Columbia from sea-to-source by bicycle and kayak while reading key texts and engaging with local residents and experts. Graeme has served as an organizer, speaker, moderator, and/or advisor for the sixth, seventh, eight, and ninth annual international ‘One River, Ethics Matter’ conferences and facilitates the Columbia River Roundtable. Alongside Dr. John Osborn, Graeme co-leads the Sierra Club's volunteer Columbia River Team. He is dedicated to education and youth empowerment.
Maanit Goel, Youth Organizer
Maanit is a senior at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington.
Since 2019, Maanit has coordinated various local, national, and global environmental initiatives, and in late 2021, he directed his focus locally toward one of the Pacific Northwest's most pressing conservation crises: the stark decline of the Southern Resident orcas, driven largely as a result of Chinook salmon decline on the Snake River and across the region. Since first getting involved, Maanit has facilitated educational outreach and youth mobilization across six Seattle-area K-12 schools, drawn in activists from four cities, coordinated collaboration across two states, and directly reached an audience of 1,300+ students - and counting.
Maanit currently serves on the EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Council, Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council, and is returning Chair of the Sammamish City Council's Youth Board.
He joined the SOS team in Sept. 2022.
McKenna Shultz, Community Engagement Intern
McKenna recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, and is currently in the final stages of completing a master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. As McKenna nears the end of her graduate program, Snake/Columbia River restoration has consistently been the primary environmental issue of our time that inspires her the most. McKenna’s academic and professional interests include environmental justice, energy equity, and food system resilience—all of which are intricately intertwined within the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition’s work. McKenna is from a small, rural town south of Portland, OR, where she is residing while she finishes her studies. She is excited to see how she can help serve as a liaison between rural stakeholders throughout Oregon and SOS. When she is not working or studying, McKenna spends the majority of her time dancing as a pre-professional ballet student.