Hi! I’m Rob Mason, and I am running to represent District 16 in the Idaho legislature to make sure that all Idahoans have a chance to thrive and enjoy the things that make Idaho great.
I have worked in Idaho for the past decade and moved to Boise in 2013. My wife Gwen and I live in the Sunset neighborhood with our dog Bell. Our extended family lives nearby in Garden City, the Winstead Park neighborhood and the foothills. On any given weekend you might find us working in our garden or hiking in Idaho’s backcountry; attending a neighborhood get-together or taking in a show downtown; playing board games with our family or floating down the Boise River. We love our neighborhood, our town and our state. There’s no place we’d rather work and live.
I work for The Wilderness Society where I have worked tirelessly to achieve protection for the Boulder-White Clouds, protect our public lands from privatization, and ensure that our world-class public lands in Idaho remain accessible to Idahoans for many generations to come. Prior to working for The Wilderness Society, I served as the first executive director of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. Under my tenure the organization went from a small band of dedicated volunteers into one of the most well-funded wilderness stewardship organizations in the nation. I’m proud that we created dozens of Idaho jobs that paid fair wages, provided health insurance, and were offered equitably to women and men. Over my five year tenure we delivered over $2 million worth of boots-on-the-ground work to take care of our Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Outside of my professional life I dedicate much of my time to improving our neighborhoods and building community here in Boise. As the vice-president of the Sunset Neighborhood Association for the past 3 years, I have worked to bring together our neighbors, the City of Boise and ACHD to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. Our work has brought more than $100,000 in improvements to our parks, walkways and neighborhood entrances. In 2017 I co-founded the Boise Bike Boulevard Coalition with several other dedicated community advocates. We have brought together more than 20 neighborhoods from across Boise to speak with one voice to ask our elected leaders to build a bike network that makes biking between our schools, parks and neighborhood destinations easy, safe and comfortable for any Boisean who chooses to ride a bike. As a result of those neighborhood efforts, I was honored to be awarded a Good Neighbor Award in 2017 by Mayor Bieter.
experience and public service
- Sunset Neighborhood Association Vice-President and Board Member
- Co-Founder of Boise Bike Boulevard Coalition
- Boise Good Neighbor Award Recipient (2017)
- Member of multiple public lands collaborative groups trying to bring better management to our public lands
- Ran field organizing effort leading to designation of Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness
- Led effort to pass legislation creating Idaho's only wilderness license plate.
- Former Executive Director of Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
- Former Board Member of Idaho Trails Association
- Former Board Member of Society for Wilderness Stewardship
- Former Board Member of North Missoula Community Development Corporation
- Two-time recipient of US Forest Service’s Bob Marshall Award for Champion of Wilderness Stewardship
- Occupation: Central Idaho Representative at The Wilderness Society
- Employer: The Wilderness Society
- Entities Owned: None
- Entities paying $5,000 or more annually to candidate: The Wilderness Society
- Boards: Sunset Neighborhood Association
- Spouse: Gwen Ayres, Idaho State Department of Agriculture Organic Program