Board of Directors

Steph Taylor (they/she)

President, Program Co-director

Steph grew up in southeast Idaho’s “cattle-country”–just two hours away from Yellowstone National Park. As a 20+ year grassroots animal activist, Steph has worked on forest and wildlife policy issues in Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. Steph joined the Speak for Wolves Board in 2017 with the explicit goal of incorporating equity into SFW’s mission.

When not working for wolves, Steph enjoys traveling to watch wolves in the wild and hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains with their life-partner and dog.

Amanda Ferguson (she/her)

Treasurer, Technical Director

Originally from North Carolina, Amanda now lives in St. Johns, Oregon and spends as much time as she can in nature. Always an animal lover and activist, she got involved with wolf advocacy in 2014, not long before Oregon delisted wolves from the state ESA. She loves to track wildlife and fight for conservation in the Pacific Northwest. 

Amanda works as Director of Scientific Journals for a nonprofit scientific society and spends much of her free time reading and volunteering.

Rachel Bjork (she/her)

Secretary, Program Co-director

Rachel lives in Seattle, WA and has been an animal activist since 2000.  She loves getting out into nature and seeing animals in their natural habitat.  She started attending the Speak for Wolves Conference in 2016.  She was honored to be able to join the Board in 2019, and is excited to be working on making the Conference more representative of all wolf advocates.

Rosie Sanchez (she/her)

Board Advisor

Alma “Rosie” Sanchez is a Latina activist with roots in Coalcoman, Michoacan Mexico and Guatemala City, Guatemala.  Rosie has dedicated her personal and professional life to conservation, environmental activism, and community engagement. As an organizer, she works to empower Colorado communities, uplifting principles of equity and inclusion supporting wildlife, headwater protecting, and climate justice work across the state. A graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife sciences, specializing in conservation biology, Rosie’s activism includes wildlife rehabilitation and spearheading the campaign to reintroduce wolves in Colorado, as well as holding multiple leadership roles within the BIPOC conservation community.  When she’s not rabble-rousing, you can find Rosie birding, learning how to rock/ ice climb, or hiking the 17 million acres of public lands in Colorado with her dog, Rascal.

Interested in volunteering on our Board?

The Speak for Wolves Board is volunteer-run and is responsible for hosting and organizing Speak for Wolves’ Annual Conference, as well as year-round communications and outreach to our supporters. There are currently two Board positions available: Partnerships & Outreach Director and Social Media & Communications Director.

Speak for Wolves exists to empower activists with Indigenous and Western science to challenge existing wildlife management practices and to influence policies that will benefit large predators. We are currently seeking Board applicants who are committed to both wildlife advocacy and environmental justice, and we highly encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply.

Contact Us

Speak for Wolves
PO Box 83273
Portland, OR 97283

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