Joseph Bogaard, Executive Director
Joseph 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.
Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director
Sam 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.
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 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 place. 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. In 2019, Graeme served on the Planning Committee for the sixth annual international ‘One River, Ethics Matter’ Conference and is an contributing member of the Columbia River Roundtable.
Oakley Wurzweiler, Summer Engagement Intern
Oakley is an avid outdoors-woman and fisherman, which ultimately got her interested in Save Our wild Salmon’s purpose and mission. Oakley is a recent graduate of Gonzaga University with a BA in environmental studies and hopes to continue learning and fighting for the environment. She is from Colorado so most of her time is spent in the mountains or on rivers, exploring new places and learning about our natural world. Outside of work, Oakley loves backpacking, fishing, and skiing, as long as a good playlist is provided.