Amy Harwood
Board Member
Amy has been involved in forest conservation and public lands advocacy since 1998. She recently served as Bark Interim Executive Director and is the co-founder of Signal Fire, an organization that provides opportunities for artists of all disciplines to engage in the natural world. She has led hundreds of hikes and backpacking trips, educating people on the threats that face our ancient forests. In addition, she has developed and led trainings for activists to learn how to engage in public land decision-making and hold federal agencies accountable to environmental laws. She|Her

Carolyn Sweeney
Board Member
Carolyn likes nothing better than a swim in a wild river, preferably preceded by a hike through a healthy forest. She has volunteered with Bark since 2005: leading hikes, protesting at Northwest Natural shareholder meetings, organizing dance performances for Summer School, and teaching a drawing class for ecologists. As a board member Carolyn is honored to apply her love of numbers and enthusiasm for broad structural thought to further strengthening the unique culture of Bark. When not in the forest Carolyn can usually be found drawing, sewing, or cooking at home while simultaneously trying to remember her role in the pretend game her daughter is orchestrating. She|Her

Chet Lee
Board President
A long time Bark supporter, much of Chet’s outdoor consciousness and growth has centered upon human-powered activities on Mt. Hood. He has served as an officer with the Oregon Mycological Society and sees fungi as a lens to evaluate forest health and further our ecosystem understanding. Chet has volunteered as a fungal field guide through Lewis and Clark University and the Tillamook State Forest and also as a Mazamas mountaineering instructor. He brings deep experience in the semiconductor industry and expertise in scientific experimentation, manufacturing systems and business processes. He|Him

David Osborn
Board Member
David Osborn first connected with Bark almost a decade ago on a Bark-About hike on the Palomor Pipeline. He later joined Bark as their Board facilitator from 2014 - 2017. David has been a long time participant in climate movements and is excited to more actively engage in supporting all the communities - human and non-human - connected to the Mt. Hood National Forest. He is a faculty member at Portland State University where he teaches course about place, identity and social change. His class on forests and social movements has partnered with Bark since 2013. David lives with his partner, two children and friends in Corbett, Oregon, where he grows vegetables and cut flowers on land overlooking the Sandy River Gorge. He|him

Kari Koch
Board Member
Kari is originally from Oklahoma where mountains involve mythical journeys and adventures far away. She came here with no real experience of being outdoors and quickly felt alienated by outdoors culture. Kari stayed this path through a decade of organizing and movement building throughout Oregon until she began to build relationships with people who love the outdoors. This community introduced her to the joy of meandering through the woods foraging for herbs, mushrooms, fruit, and, eventually, (glamour) camping. These experiences helped her become aware of how nature often feels impenetrable and distant until we have relationships in our lives that help bring them close and make them accessible. She proudly considers herself an #UnlikelyHiker, and is a part of the Bark community to keep Mount Hood as place where all the unlikely outdoor adventurers can feel welcome and run free. She/They

Lo Goldberg
Board Secretary
Lo grew up enthralled by the beauty and wisdom of forests backpacking in Tennessee and California, and their passion for protecting wild places took root while exploring Pacific Northwest national forests. Since 2007, Lo has dedicated time with Bark to speak for trees and native plant communities, wildlife, and watersheds, including work to stop the Palomar Pipeline, groundtruthing, canvassing, and serving the Forest Watch and Events Committees. Lo loves leading Bark hikes - sharing passion for the wild. Lo is a writer, dancer, performer, and educator engaged in dismantling oppressive systems and patterns, one heart at a time. They|Them

Matt Mavko
Board Member
Matt went on his first Bark hike to the Eight Mile Meadow Categorical Exclusion Sale and has been hooked ever since. He has volunteered with Bark as a Forest Watch committee member, hike leader, and occasional GIS wastrel. Matt has explored the outdoors his entire life, with his family, the Tucson climbing community and lately with his young son. He is currently an environmental science professional, whose projects include assisting government agencies in understanding the air quality impacts of wildland fire and creating decision support systems for restoration and other prescribed burning. He|Him

Sarah Wald
Board Member
Sarah Wald first joined Bark as an undergraduate volunteer in 2000, and she later became one of Bark’s earliest employees. Now an Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, Sarah remains passionate about protecting the ecosystems of Mt. Hood National Forest and engaging the public in public land management decisions. She brings to Bark a commitment to community organizing as well as experience institutionalizing sustainability practices and working with diverse stakeholders. Sarah’s scholarship focuses on the intersection between place and identity in U.S. culture, including the relationships among race, gender, citizenship status, class, sexuality, and the environment. Preferred pronouns: she|her


Brenna Bell
Policy Coordinator/Staff Attorney
Brenna brings to her work a lifetime of passion for the Pacific Northwest, twenty years of organizing experience, and an extensive background in environmental law and education. Her involvement with Cascadia Forest Alliance and the campaign to save Eagle Creek led her to Lewis & Clark Law School, where she graduated cum laude. Brenna has worked with numerous non-profits and is a co-founder of Tryon Life Community Farm - a community sustainability education center. She also lives, and is raising her two children and many goats, in Cedar Moon - the intentional community at TLC Farm. Preferred pronouns: she|her

Courtney Rae
Associate Director
A life-long activist and organizer, Courtney works to build community resilience by educating and empowering concerned community members to take direct action and engage in policy making to achieve social change. As Bark’s Associate Director she is excited to engage Portland’s urban population in protecting Mt. Hood. When she's not at Bark or in the forest, you’ll find her organizing with other groups in Portland focused on confronting racism, fascism, sexism and the exploitative economies that harm her communities. Originally from east of the Mississippi, Courtney joined Bark in 2015 after five years of advocacy with Environment Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper. she/her

Enoch LaVelle
Canvass Director
Enoch found Bark after moving across the country with the intention of finding a home in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Enoch has been canvassing since 2005 and came to Bark with ten years of experience in public outreach, data management and fundraising, including five years with TakeAction Minnesota. When he’s not leading Bark’s stellar team of outreach professionals, Enoch is likely hanging out with his family, playing music, or practicing Tai Chi at his home. Preferred pronouns: he|him

Jenny Leis
Development Director
Committed to the importance of social change groups communicating and working together, Jenny has been a longtime cross-pollinator between many groups and individuals. In addition to over seven years as a contributor to the City Repair Project, she has played an integral part in the beginning and continuing work of the Tryon Life Community Farm in Portland. In 2007, Jenny travelled to Africa as a Community-Supported Activist learning about other social change movements and attended the World Social Forum. Preferred pronouns: she|her

Justice Hager
Office Manager
Justice has spent the last twelve years canvassing, organizing, and fundraising for a plethora of environmental and social justice organizations, including four years at Bark. They have also been active in a number of different arts projects and organizations as both an artist and a curator for the last five years both in Portland and internationally through on-line exhibitions. They have always had a not-so-secret love affair with systems thinking and are excited to put that love to work in their new role as Bark's Office Manager. Preferred pronouns: they | them

Michael Krochta
Forest Watch Coordinator
Michael was magnetically attracted to Bark’s work shortly after moving to Oregon and seeing for himself the splendor of its intact forests. As a student at PSU Michael was a dedicated volunteer with Bark and helped kick-off Bark’s fledgling post-logging monitoring program, BMP2. His committment to protecting healthy ecosystems in perpetuity has played itself out in a number of ways, from field checking timber sales for the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project to working each spring to document the Portland area’s native turtle populations. Michael firmly believes that meaningful participation in public land management starts with getting out to the woods and enjoying oneself. Preferred pronouns: he|him