Sarah Bates

Deputy Director - Northern Rockies & Prairies Regional Center National Wildlife Federation

Sarah brings diverse experience from university appointments, conservation advocacy leadership, and consulting work with nonprofits and tribal entities. She is passionate about building organizational capacity and working strategically to achieve lasting conservation goals, and is a frequent writer and speaker on western water and public resource law and policy.

Sarah has written and spoken extensively on western water law and policy over the past two decades through university research appointments, conservation advocacy positions, and consulting work. She is the president of the governing board of the Clark Fork Coalition and provides patient and family support as a volunteer with Rocky Mountain Hospice. She enjoys working with colleagues throughout the West, serving as a member of the advisory board of the Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at Colorado Law and as a member of the planning team of the Carpe Diem West network on climate change and water policy. From 2001-09 she was a member of the advisory board of the Ruckelshaus Institute on Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Sarah earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Political Science at Colorado State University, and her J.D. from Colorado Law, in Boulder, CO. Sarah has been a Carpe Diem West core team member since 2008.