Laura Patterson is the Statewide Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and serves on the Board of Directors for Save The Snakes. Her lifelong love of nature led her to obtain a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a M.S. in Biological Conservation. She began focusing on reptile and amphibian issues in 2000, particularly on the giant gartersnake, a threatened species endemic to the disappearing wetlands of California’s Central Valley. A large part of Laura’s current work involves participating in multiple-stakeholder groups to develop and implement strategies to research, monitor, protect, conserve, and recover sensitive amphibians and reptiles within sometimes complex regulatory, social, and political frameworks. She hopes bringing this experience to the Board will help Save the Snakes advance understanding, respect, and conservation of snakes across the globe.