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. Preferred pronouns: 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. Preferred pronouns: 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.Preferred pronouns: he|him

Courtney Johnson
Board Member
Courtney studied environmental and natural resources law at Lewis and Clark Law School and joined the Crag Law Center in 2008 as a staff attorney working to protect the Pacific Northwest's natural legacy. Courtney's background teaching preschool allowed her to share her love of wild places with children and re-learn from them the ability to be awed by the smallest of nature's players. Courtney lives in Clackamas County, where she loves exploring Mt. Hood National Forest and the Clackamas River. Preferred pronouns: she|her

Jim Lockhart
Board Member
Jim is a video producer and community media activist. He has been utilizing television and the Internet to increase public awareness of environmental and social justice issues. Jim produces Bark’s award-winning “Bark for Mt. Hood” TV show, and is active with the Portland Indymedia Collective. See Preferred pronouns: he|him

Kyla Zaret
Board Member
Kyla returned to Bark after 11 years of organizing and conducting ecological research in the U.S. and southern Chile. She counts her time volunteering with Bark as an undergraduate as pivotal to the development of her interests in biodiversity conservation and in rural livelihoods. Most recently, Kyla worked as a GIS Specialist/Ecologist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program where she mapped and assessed wetlands across the state. Kyla is currently enrolled in a PhD program with the School of the Environment at Portland State University, and is on a leave of absence from the Board while researching in Patagonia, Chile. Preferred pronouns: she|her

Lola Goldberg
Board Secretary
Lola 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, Lola 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. Lola loves leading Bark hikes - sharing passion for the wild. Lola is a writer, dancer, performer, and educator engaged in dismantling oppressive systems and patterns, one heart at a time. Preferred pronouns: they|them

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


Alex P Brown
Executive Director
Alex is a lifelong Portlander who grew up hiking and camping in the Mt. Hood National Forest. He has a 16-year-long track-record of conservation victories for Mt. Hood’s forests and rivers, including work on the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, 2009 Mt. Hood Wilderness bill, and successfully canceling the Palomar Pipeline. He is most passionate about creating a new vision for Mt. Hood, which prioritizes clean water and quiet recreation. Preferred pronouns: he|him

Brenna Bell
NEPA Coordinator/Staff Attorney
Brenna brings to her work a lifetime of passion for the Pacific Northwest, twelve 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 young children, in Cedar Moon - the intentional community at TLC Farm. Preferred pronouns: she|her

Courtney Rae
Community Organizer
Courtney arrived in Portland four days later than planned after the beauty of Mt. Hood National Forest drew her off on a spontaneous trail seeking detour. Originally from east of the Mississippi, Courtney comes to Bark with five years of environmental advocacy with Environment Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper. As Bark’s Community Organizer she is excited to engage Portland’s urban population in protecting Mt. Hood. In her off time you’ll find her in a hammock reading or biking around town. Prefered pronoun: 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 message shortly after moving to Oregon and seeing for himself the splendor of its intact forests. While a student at PSU, Michael volunteered with Bark extensively, and helped kick-off Bark’s fledgling post-logging monitoring program, BMP2. His desire for 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

Russ Plaeger
Restoration Coordinator
Russ comes to Bark after 12 years with the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council where he helped negotiate an agreement to blow up two dams and led hundreds of volunteers to restore habitat for endangered salmon on private land and in Mt. Hood National Forest. In the 1990s Russ worked with other activists to pass a Portland schools bond measure and lobbied the Oregon legislature to increase school funding statewide. He has built coalitions of diverse groups and brings extensive experience in non-profit management, in-depth knowledge of the Forest Service and a passion for our public lands. Russ enjoys leading hikes to help people of all ages connect with our natural areas. Over the past 34 years Russ has explored many of the Northwest's trails and Wilderness Areas in all seasons and enjoys Mt. Hood as his home mountain. Preferred pronouns: he|him