Meet the Board of Directors
The Boundary Waters has played an integral role in fostering Ingrid's love of wild places. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ingrid led the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters' expanding fundraising program as Development Director from 2018 to 2021, and served on the Outreach team as Arrowhead Regional Organizer from 2015 to 2017. Between these positions, Ingrid attended the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where she received her graduate certificate in Nonprofit Governance and Management. She is also a graduate of Carleton College, receiving her degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Conservation and Development. Ingrid is an enthusiastic hiker, painter, and dog mom.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Lisa holds a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Campaign, Lisa led canoe and dog sled expeditions in and around the Wilderness for nearly 10 years. In 2016, while canoeing the magnificent Missouri-Mississippi River system from its source in Montana to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, Lisa realized just how unique and valuable the Boundary Waters really is. On that 200-day expedition, drinking water had to be hauled along and resupplied - filtering or chemically treating it wouldn't remove the agricultural and industrial pollution so commonplace in the river. Returning home to the clean, drinkable waters of Superior National Forest and the BWCAW was both a gift and a motivation to defend this precious resource for the generations to come.
Growing up in Alaska, Roberto enjoyed the ocean as his front yard and the mountains as the back yard. From kayaking, hiking, camping and most importantly skiing the Chugach Range, Roberto learned the importance of preserving these wild places. He studied Environmental Studies & Sustainability at Northern Arizona University and began his career as an organizer and environmental advocate. He worked across the country with U.S PIRG and Environment America, eventually landing in Minnesota where he's now dedicated to protecting this unique and irreplaceable Wilderness.
Maddie grew up at 9,000 ft elevation on Colorado’s Eastern Slope, where her passion and love for the outdoors was fostered. At 15, she was introduced to the BWCA and Quetico Provincial Park through a 10 day Girl Scout Destination trip, which led her to fall deeply in love with canoe country. She returned as a Girl Scout guide for 5 seasons and then worked at a local Ely outfitter as a guide and manager. In the off seasons, she attended Colorado State University, where she graduated with a BS Global Natural Resources Tourism, BA French Language, and a minor in Conservation Biology. Prior to becoming a staff member, Maddie volunteered for Save the Boundary Waters, served as an Ambassador, and participated in a Kids for the Boundary Waters D.C Fly-In.
Originally hailing from the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, Amanda developed a deep love and obsession for the outdoors early on. She is experienced in science communication, research, outreach, and teaching and holds a B.S and MA degree in Physical Geography. She fell in love with the Boundary Waters long before ever stepping foot in the woods, and had her first experience in the wilderness just before joining the Campaign. After canoeing in the beautifully still water, hearing the loons call at night, and catching her first 20-inch largemouth bass, she remains even more dedicated to protecting this special place. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her cat, hiking, playing ice hockey, and occupying the front row of a concert.
Levi was introduced to the Boundary Waters in 2009 when he moved to Ely, Minnesota to study Wilderness Management at Vermilion Community College. While attending Vermilion Levi lived on the shore of Fall Lake -- just a short paddle from the Wilderness boundary -- where he developed his passion for canoeing and the BWCAW. In the summer of 2013 Levi was part of a canoe expedition that began on Birch Lake (just downstream from proposed mining projects) and ended at Churchill, MB on Hudson Bay. The trip took 63 days and covered just over 1000 miles. Levi has also studied Natural Resource Conservation at the University of Idaho and worked as a wilderness ranger and wilderness guide. He runs the Campaign’s national headquarters in Ely and outreach efforts in Northern Minnesota.
Lucy grew up taking frequent trips to both the North Shore and the Ely area, and spent the last five summers working at YMCA Family Camps on Burntside and Bear Island Lakes, which has given her the opportunity to explore the Boundary Waters with family and friends. She loves to hike, walk, bike, canoe, hammock, entertain her two nieces, and curl up with a good book. From coaching youth soccer, volunteering with the Union Park District Council and the Advocates for Human Rights, she has always been community minded and passionate about helping others. Lucy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, and minors in Spanish and Technical Writing. Protecting the Boundary Waters means more to Lucy than simply preserving the space, but also ensuring barriers are removed so that it is a place for all.
Ethan, born and raised in Minnesota, attributes his lifelong passion for the outdoors to frequent visits to the Boundary Waters and the Superior National Forest. During those trips, he learned to love snowshoeing across a frozen lake as much as kayaking and canoeing in the warmer months. Ethan graduated in 2021 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science, and during that time he had a number of opportunities within newsrooms and communications teams to build a knack for storytelling and social media. He cherishes the opportunity to utilize those skills in defense of the Boundary Waters. In his free time, Ethan enjoys hiking with his dogs, rock climbing, and perfecting his from-scratch ramen recipe.
Originally from Colorado, Amy grew up appreciating wild terrain. She attended Mount Holyoke College where she studied English and Geology. She also attended Trinity College in Oxford and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel. After moving to Minnesota, she headed straight to the BWCAW and formed a deep love for this state and its open spaces. Amy brings a background in fundraising and communications, as well as a passion for the campaign. In her spare time, she rock climbs, does hot yoga, and scopes out restaurants across the Twin Cities.
Sam inherited her love of the Boundary Waters from her family -- her grandpa took multiple canoe trips for many summers and passed on that tradition. Prior to joining the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters in 2014, Sam worked on grassroots efforts to advance environmental conservation and social justice in Minnesota for many years, including leading the nonprofit organization Environment Minnesota. She studied biology and botany at Gustavus Adolphus College. Sam loves spending time outdoors with her young kids!
Megan was born and raised in Minnesota and took many trips to the North throughout her life. This fueled her love for the outdoors and passion for paddling, hiking, camping, rock climbing and snowboarding. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications with a minor in Design. Megan is passionate about storytelling, protecting the environment and planning adventures in the Wilderness.
Growing up swimming in the lakes of Minneapolis and Northern MN, Libby fell in love with the natural beauty of our region. Before joining the campaign, she led fundraising and digital strategy at a local food advocacy nonprofit and ran an organic farming education nonprofit where she focused on community engagement and communications. She studied Art and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota and is currently in a graduate program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Sydney is our Organizing Director and supports our Outreach Team in connecting with Boundary Waters defenders from Ely to the rest of the world. She started organizing with MPIRG while a student at the University of Minnesota and loves to have a job working with organizers to make the world a better place. In her limited spare time, Sydney can be found hiking, paddling, and biking our public lands.
Jeremy is a born and raised Minnesotan, who first experienced the power of the natural world canoeing Canada’s Bloodvein River before falling in love with the Boundary Waters. Jeremy has worked in strategic communications in New York City and Minnesota. Prior to joining the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters he served in Governor Mark Dayton’s administration in multiple capacities.
Niki attributes her appreciation for wide open spaces to having grown up in Montana. She has been with the Campaign almost since its inception, first as a contractor and most recently as an employee. She brings over 20 years of nonprofit accounting experience and has worked with a wide variety of organizations.
Before joining the Campaign, Matt worked as campaign director with Minnesota Environmental Partnership, and as forestry and wildlife advocate and staff attorney for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Matt is an avid wilderness hiker, paddler, hunter and angler, and enjoys few things more than introducing people to the BWCA.
A born and raised (and will never leave for any reason) Minnesotan, Alex has been in the outdoors, Northwoods, Northshore, Boundary Waters and beyond since before he could walk. He has the extreme pleasure of now introducing his children to the Boundary Waters and watching them dip their paddles, drink from a lake, and listen to the loons and wolves. Alex has worked on electoral, grassroots and issue advocacy campaigns for the past decade and looks forward to dedicating all his time and attention outside of his family to preserving the Boundary Waters for generations to come. Alex studied biology at St. Olaf College.