Board and Staff

Coordinating Staff

Courtney Rae (she/her)

Associate Director

Courtney joined Bark in 2015 after five years of environmental advocacy and public education work with Environment Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper. Courtney focuses her efforts at Bark on the big picture transformation of traditional environmentalism, conservation, and forest defense tactics, culture, and goals toward environmental justice that respects, centers, and serves IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Color) cultures, needs, and wisdom over the white supremacist status quo that traditional environmental work is built upon. She organizes Bark’s programmatic work, volunteer opportunities, and communications.

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Daniela del Mar (they/them)

Communications Coordinator

Bringing a background in traditional letterpress printing, visual communication, and its power to activate the individual, Daniela has served as Bark’s Communications Coordinator for 2+ years to create strong web + print materials that inspire and engage the public in regional forest advocacy. Daniela is a transdisciplinary artist and educator whose practice blends print processes with bilingual poetry to create socially- and environmentally-engaged work that centers and serves BIPOC communities. When not at Bark, Daniela can be found admiring/eating plants from their garden or on Mt. Hood.

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Jessie M. (she/her)

Operations Manager

Jessica has been working in office administration and management for over a decade. She studied geography and political science at Portland State University.  As a long-time organizer, Jessica has been active in several groups working towards social, environmental, and climate justice. Jessicas work is committed to supporting and centering Indigenous rights and BIPOC communities. Jessica coordinates operations and administration at Bark.

Michael Krochta (he/him)

Forest Watch Coordinator

While working as a seasonal wildlife biologist and participating in several local community-based science efforts, Michael began volunteering with Bark in 2011, and was brought on staff in 2013. As a student at Portland State University, Michael helped kick-off Bark’s fledgling post-logging monitoring program and has subsequently seen a positive change in the way the Forest Service plans timber sales.  During his time at Bark, Michael’s work has contributed to thousands of acres of positive changes to proposed land management projects and has brought hundreds of volunteers and students into the forest to learn about and watchdog federally proposed activities surrounding Mt. Hood. Michael has started a variety of new programs at Bark including seed collection for Mt. Hood National Forest’s first pollinator nursery, Bark’s annual summer Base Camp, and Mt. Hood’s first beaver habitat survey effort.

Misha VanEaton (they/them)

Forest Watch Assistant

Misha joins Bark after working as a wilderness guide and administrator on Bark’s neighborhood volcanoes. Misha studied sociology at Portland State where they researched ways that commodification propels traditional conservation movements. These studies led to Misha’s investment in environmental advocacy that is rooted in racial and economic justice which they bring to their work at Bark. In their free time, you can find Misha searching for the smelliest plants, the friendliest birds, and the coldest swimming holes.

Nakisha Nathan (she/her and they/them)

Executive Director

A leader in Portland’s Environmental Justice movement, Nakisha is a well-traveled, creative, leadership cultivator and activist. Her background in environmental science, environmental law, and community organizing inform her practice of transformational movement building. She joins Bark after working at the Coalition of Communities of Color, Sierra Club, Neighbors for Clean Air and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. Nakisha is dedicated to building power for a Just Transition and racial justice and serves on the boards of OPAL and the Portland African American Leadership Forum. When not at work, Nakisha can be found gaming with friends and family; hiking with her partner and two dogs; photographing Oregon’s natural landscapes, or gleefully pursuing her quest to find every member of the Araucaria araucana species in Portland.

Cara Christofferson (she/her)

Forest Policy Advocacy Coordinator

Cara joins Bark with 5 years of interdisciplinary background in biological science, monitoring, and federal regulations compliance of diverse ecosystems across Oregon and Idaho. While studying environmental science at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon she became passionate about landscape ecology, fish and wildlife conservation, and the intersection of environmental law and policy with indigenous lead conservation movements. As Bark’s Forest Policy Advocacy Coordinator Cara maintains meaningful engagement with agencies and the public regarding land management decisions on Mt. Hood National Forest and adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands. When not deep diving into land management policy or forest ecology literature you can find her planning for her next backpacking trip or finding ways to keep her Australian cattle dog entertained.

Outreach Team

Brandon Bojanowski (he/him)

Outreach Field Coordinator

Originally hail from Pennsylvania, but fell in love with Oregon’s beautiful nature and and his first visit to Mt. Hood helped to inspire the move here. Brandon has worked with Bark for over three years.

Colin (he/him)

Outreach Specialist

Colin brings to Bark a long history of grassroots fundraising and organizing for various progressive causes. His relentless optimism and cheery disposition are an inspiration to his colleagues. When he’s not working hard to inspire members of the public, Colin enjoys pop music, short shorts, and rotisserie chicken.

Stephen M. (he/they)

Outreach Field Coordinator

Stephen has been working in the field of environmental Outreach for over 17 years, having approximately a quarter of a million conversations about environmental issues that face Oregonians, joining Bark in 2015. Stephen has a passion for the environment, disability rights, economic and environmental justice, and Indigenous- led Governance. Stephen has been a Bark supporter and follower for over a decade.

Benjamin Ayer (he/him)

Outreach Specialist

I am proud to be following in my elders’ footsteps of environmental protection and social change. I have found serenity and purpose in the forest. Hailing from the Great Lakes, I have borne witness to much loss and destruction from the legacy of clearcuts dominating the landscape, but I have witnessed protection and regeneration as well. In making the Pacific Northwest my home, I feel a responsibility to ensure that both the ancient and young forests can grow, mature, burn, and decay. I am honored to do this work with Bark. The dominant culture often makes us feel small and isolated, to focus on ourselves. We know that the antidote is to act in community, which is why I canvass: to find and identify people that desire to protect the forests around Mt. Hood and beyond.

Board Members

Color photo of Edin on the Hawthorne Bridge during a rally. An individual to her left is taking a photo of her.

Edin Cook (she/her)

Edin Cook is an artist, art educator, and climate justice organizer. As a K-12 art teacher and interdisciplinary artist, Edin is passionate about empowering youth to explore their creativity. Edin is a co-founder of SunrisePDX, where she has volunteered for the last two years. She also works on the Action Art core team in Sunrise National to train young people around the country on how to use visual strategy and storytelling as a central component to their actions and efforts to win a Green New Deal.

Nicki Dardinger (she/her)

Bringing a background in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, environmental education, scientific research, and community engagement, Nicki is honored and grateful to serve on the Bark Board. She has a lifelong passion for birding and can often be found out and about introducing people to the birds of the Pacific Northwest. She also volunteers on Bark’s Free Mt Hood Campaign Committee and is committed to advocating for an updated Mt Hood Forest Management Plan that incorporates climate change, habitat protections, and the voices of people who have been historically ignored and silenced in decision-making processes.

Kari Koch (she/her or they/them)

City of Portland, Office of Community & Civic Life, Program Coordinator. Bark volunteer since January 2018. Kari brings a wealth of experience as a labor organizer, organizational development, planning and implementation. Kari is past President of the Board of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, former Director of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee and leader with Showing up for Racial Justice Portland.

Caleb Mammen (he/him)

Caleb is a Portland attorney representing Unions and workers. He was formerly an English teacher who taught environmental justice research and writing. He has experience with labor and employment law and representing low-income clients in family, housing, and employment matters. He spends his free time with his partner and one-eyed dog – hiking, kayaking, reading, and scuba diving.

Matt Mavko (he/him)

Scientist/consultant, Air Sciences, Inc. Bark volunteer since 2006. Matt has volunteered for more than ten years on the Forest Watch and other committees, served as a hike leader and spent many days groundtruthing. Matt brings scientific knowledge and analytical thinking to Bark’s board.

David Osborn (he/him)

Teacher, Portland State University. Bark volunteer since 2013. For five years, David has partnered with Bark for his community-based forests/social movements courses at PSU. David is a consultant for social-change non-profits, around process, structure and governance, and has been involved in climate justice movements for almost a decade.

Abigail Singer (she/her)

Abigail Singer is the Executive Director of Rogue Farm Corps, a co-founder and past organizer with Rising Tide North America, a member of the Work That Reconnects Facilitators Network, and a community herbalist. She has been active in movements for social, environmental and climate justice since 1998, and has a depth of experience with community organizing, nonprofit fundraising and organizational development. She joined the Bark board in 2020.