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 from 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 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. In 2019, Graeme served on the Planning Committee for the sixth annual international ‘One River, Ethics Matter’ Conference and is a contributing member of the Columbia River Roundtable.
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.
M. Bailey Stephenson, Summer Communication Coordinator
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bailey grew up in Oklahoma where she observed and was personally affected by the overwhelming presence of the oil and gas industry. Driven by the disparity that she witnessed and a commitment to realizing more equitable environmental futures for all living beings, Bailey is a graduate student at the University of Arizona where she focuses on environmental history and anthropology. Her graduate work explores peoples’ relationships with water in Ottawa County, OK near Tar Creek and the Tar Creek Superfund Site. Although Tar Creek seems very far from the Snake and Columbia Rivers, Bailey is inspired by ecological connections. She is passionate about amplifying the importance of SOS’s work for honoring and respecting the sovereignty of Indigenous tribal nations and for protecting resident orca populations, lamprey, salmon, and steelhead. Outside of environmental justice work, Stephenson is a lover of hiking, playing music, and Scrabble.