Alex Conley
Executive Director

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Alex has been the Executive Director of the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board since 2006. He grew up poking around the woods and coast of New England and has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Williams College in Massachusetts.  He spent four years in Senegal, West Africa as a Peace Corp volunteer and trainer working on agroforestry projects in small villages in the Sahel, before meeting a fellow volunteer (now his wife) who somehow convinced him to move west and away from salt water. During his five years in Tucson, he worked with and conducted research on collaborative groups addressing rangeland and forest management issues, and received a Master’s of Science in Renewable Natural Resource Studies from the University of Arizona.  He then spent five years running the North Fork John Day Watershed Council in eastern Oregon, where he worked with ranchers and other landowners to design, fund and implement fish habitat and watershed improvement projects. 

Alex enjoys learning about complex landscapes and the human livelihoods they support, and strives to bring together technical experts, stakeholders and policy makers to forge sound approaches to managing and restoring the river systems of the Yakima Basin. In his time off, Alex can be found tending to a project house and a few bee hives, reading too many books, or wandering the Cascades and the Blues with his family.

  Tricia Snyder
Lead Entity Program Coordinator

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Tricia Snyder joined the Board as Lead Entity Coordinator in March, 2017. She has a B.S. in Geography from New Mexico State University, with a focus on human-environment interaction and an M.S. in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management from Central Washington University. A self-proclaimed desert rat, Tricia grew up along the (often dry) banks of the Rio Grande and the water resource challenges of the Southwest sparked a life-long interest in finding solutions for demand conflicts in the arid and semi-arid American West. She spent five years working for a regional conservation non-profit focused on protecting and restoring the wildlife and wild places of the Southwest borderlands. She moved to Ellensburg, WA in 2015 to pursue graduate school and fell in love with the rugged beauty of Central Washington. She lives in Ellensburg with her dog Mardy (pictured), named for Tricia’s favorite woman in conservation, Margaret “Mardy” Murie.

  Angus Brookes
Operations Manager

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Angus joined the Board as Operations Manager in January 2020. After growing up near North Bend, Washington, he moved to Ellensburg to pursue an education at Central Washington University. Angus has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a specialization in geography, as well as a GIS certificate. His time spent in the beautiful shrub steppe of Central Washington has served as a stark contrast to Angus’ rainforest upbringing and highlighted the issues surrounding water and ecology in our region. He enjoys spending time in the mountains as well as playing the mandolin.




Bull Trout
Photo Credit: Y. Reiss