Sarah Bates

Deputy Regional Director and Senior Director, Western Water - National Wildlife Federation

Sarah has written and spoken extensively on western water law and policy over the past three decades through university research appointments, conservation advocacy positions, and consulting work. She served as president of the governing board of the Clark Fork Coalition from 2012-16, and from 2001-09 was a member of the advisory board of the Ruckelshaus Institute on Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

At the National Wildlife Federation, Sarah is leading western water program expansion, including an initiative focused on restoring beaver habitat as an essential component of ensuring resilient headwaters.

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.