Katya (they/them) is CLF's Associate Program Director for Colorado and Utah. Originally from Bend, Oregon, Katya moved to Colorado in 2018 to continue public lands conservation work. Their deep appreciation for the outdoors grew from exploring the old-growth juniper and towering ponderosa landscapes of central Oregon where the Great Basin’s sagebrush steppe meets the Cascade Mountains. 

Katya has over a decade of experience advocating for public lands conservation. Inspired by nature’s wonders, they developed a diverse knowledge of ecosystem science and natural history via a BS in Environmental Science from Oregon Institute of Technology and caught the grassroots organizing bug working for Oregon Natural Desert Association and Great Old Broads for Wilderness on various Wilderness and monument campaigns.

Katya has a special place in their heart for insects, botany and creating pollinator habitat. When not channeling their inner-geek, they enjoy camping, hiking, birding, stand up paddle boarding and snuggling up with their cat Luna and a good book.