Alex Conley
Executive Director

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.

Bridget Wood
Operations Manager

Bridget joined the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board in January of 2024. She grew up on the coast of Washington in the small fishing town of Westport. Growing up in a rural area on a farm provided ample time to enjoy the outdoors and sparked the passion of conservation of our natural resources.

Bridget spent four years in San Diego attending college and working as an Emergency Medical Technician. She eventually graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She worked in research and development for 11 years at a biodiesel refinery in Grays Harbor and moved east in 2017. Most recently, she was an Executive Director for a Hospice nonprofit serving Kittitas County. Bridget serves as the Washington State Chair of Mule Deer Foundation along with several other committees with WDFW and Kittitas County involving recreation, conservation, and public lands.

As an avid outdoorsman, you are likely to find Bridget and her family recreating in the Cascades during her time off or volunteering her time with habitat and conservation projects around Central Washington.

Cheyne Mayer
Lead Entity Coordinator


Cheyne joined the Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board in early 2024. He grew up in Olympia, WA, and had the good fortune of having parents and other mentors who nurtured his curiosity about nature and love of the outdoors.

Cheyne earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies (Sustainable Forestry) from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Afterward he moved to Pullman with his fiancee for her graduate school at WSU. While there, he worked as a program coordinator at a food access nonprofit, Backyard Harvest, for two years, and served as a Board Officer for the Moscow Food Co-op for four years before moving to Yakima in 2022. Most recently, he worked at the Yakima Training Center as a field technician performing erosion control and revegetation of shrubsteppe habitat.

Cheyne enjoys thinking about systems and how to find new efficiencies and create the greatest positive impact, which matches up swimmingly with the complex work of restoring our endangered fish and wildlife populations! In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, gaming, and reveling with family and friends over delectable food.