Public Lands Coordinator
(541) 330-2638, ext. 306
Gena joined ONDA as the Badlands Wilderness Coordinator in 2007. After the Badlands Wilderness Act passed in 2009, her role grew to cover more desert terrain in Central Oregon. Today she serves as our Public Lands Coordinator, engaging ONDA’s members and supporters to help protect wild desert public lands and waters.
Growing up in Portland, Gena enjoyed exploring the wetlands and rivers around her home. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College with a focus on international conflict resolution. Drawn back home to Oregon, she joined the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) at Central Oregon Community College to organize voter mobilization campaigns, petition drives, and wilderness hikes.
Gena was elected to a four-year term on the Bend City Council in November 2018. When she’s not out exploring public lands, Gena enjoys drawing, cooking, and chasing after her young daughter.