Kris Balliet has over two decades of freshwater and marine conservation experience in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Her experience includes grassroots organizing for wild salmon in the Columbia River Basin and leading the operations of the Ocean Conservancy’s Alaska Regional Office as its director for almost a decade.
Kris was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, but “expatriated” herself to the West Coast in the late 1980s to open a new chapter in her life. She attended Lewis and Clark Law School, where she focused her studies on environmental and natural resources law and policy. While in law school, she interned at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and Pacific Rivers, experiences which forever shaped the direction she would follow in her work.
When not working, Kris likes spending time with her dog Widgi, walking and hiking along rivers throughout the state. She has a son, aptly named River, who is a recent graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.