Haley was born on the coast in North Bend, Oregon. She pursued a Masters of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resource Law from Lewis and Clark Law School. During her studies she interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) working on the Oregon Coast Coho Recovery Plan. She has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) as a port sampler in Pacific City and as a commercial salmon port sampler in Newport, and serves as the Legislative committee co-chair for the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. She spent a season as a deckhand on her husband’s commercial salmon troller, and in her spare time she likes to fish, bow hunt, backpack, camp, garden, rock climb and whitewater kayak.
A Wisconsin native, Whitney originally came to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University, with a focus on Aquatic Ecology. She has worked as a field biologist and land steward in Hawaii and Colorado, and for ODFW conducting fish habitat surveys throughout the Oregon Coast Range. She is also a freelance aerial photographer, and in her free time she likes to surf, climb, fly-fish, mountain bike and ski.