Family and Education
Galen grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, graduating from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1981. After attending a year at North Idaho College, he transferred to Boise State University, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1985.
Next, Galen attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota where he earned a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs with an emphasis on economic development. When he graduated in 1987, the State of Idaho had a newly created Department of Commerce, and Galen joined the Department as a Rural Development Specialist. During his three years as a public servant, Galen created Idaho’s Gem Community Program.
In 1990, Galen moved from Boise to Seattle to attend graduate school and law school at the University of Washington. He completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Geography (ABD) and then completed law school in 1995. During law school, Galen married his classmate, Miyoung. Following law school, they moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, and raised three sons, Peter, Jackson, and Thomas. Peter and Jack are both students at Boise State and Thomas is a junior in high school. Miyoung put aside the practice of law and is now an Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington.
Galen and Miyoung moved to Boise in 2022.
Galen is the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs for Green Diamond Resource Company, which owns and manages over 1.3 million acres of working forest lands in California, Oregon, and Washington. Green Diamond is a part of a privately-held, family-owned company established in 1890. Green Diamond Management Company, a subsidiary, manages another 500,000 acres in six southern states.
Galen serves as a member of the Operating Committee for the National Association of Forest Owners, and he is a member of the legal committees for the California Forestry Association, the Oregon Forest & Industries Council, and the Washington Forest Protection Association. Galen has authored articles and papers on topics such as the Endangered Species Act, private access across federal lands, and rural development.
Before he joined Green Diamond in 2004, he was a partner in the Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group of Perkins Coie LLP, where he provided legal advice and litigation services to a variety of clients including forest products companies, agricultural interests, the building industry, and public works agencies.
In addition to serving on the Board of the Boise State University Alumni Association, Galen is a council member for Port Madison Lutheran Church and a trustee for Martha & Mary, a nonprofit corporation that has been providing care for children, disabled adults, and seniors for more than a century.
Galen enjoys the first cup of coffee in the morning, riding dirt bikes with his boys and reading next to the wood stove with snoring Boston terriers.