Breland.Bio_ Breland Draper, Staff Director (He/Him)

Breland started with IORC in April 2013. He has previously worked for several non-profits, with an emphasis in food security and sustainable agriculture. He is a third generation Idahoan with no plans to leave. Breland grew up in in southern Idaho and now calls Boise home. He graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from the College of Idaho in 2008. Breland lives in Boise with his son Charlie and their yellow labrador Luna.

Doug Paddock, Lead Organizer (He/Him)

As Lead Organizer, Doug coordinates campaigns to help facilitate grassroots, member-led advocacy, leads grassroots lobbying efforts at the Idaho Legislature, and organizes IORC’s Climate & Energy Campaign. 

He joined the IORC staff as an organizer in October of 2014. Before that, he worked and volunteered to help clean up the legacy of pollution left from the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. 

Doug is a graduate of Boise State University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and a B.A. in History. In his free time, he enjoys live music, camping, hiking, swimming and playing fetch with his personable retriever Elliot. You may contact Doug at dpaddock@IORCinfo.org.


Irene Ruiz, Bilingual Chapter Organizer (She/Her)

Irene Ruiz is an organizer for IORC. Her goal is to connect with the Latinx community in Idaho to increase a diverse membership base as well as identify leaders. Daughter of Mexican Immigrants, Irene grew up in Hazelton, Id where she also worked in the fields with her family.  She received her Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Boise State University. Irene currently lives in Boise, Id. She enjoys spending time reading, traveling, running, and with family and friends.

Irene Ruiz es la organizadora bilingüe de la comunidad para IORC. Su meta es tener contacto con la comunidad Latina para incrementar la membresía y también identificar líderes para crear una base para latinos. Irene es hija de inmigrantes mexicanos. Ella creció en Hazelton, ID donde también trabajo en el campo con su familia. Recibió su maestría en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago y su bachillerato en español en La Universidad Estatal de Boise. Irene vive en Boise, Id. Le gusta pasar el tiempo leyendo, ir de viajes, corriendo afuera y con su familia y amigos.

Megan Carter, Membership and Communications Coordinator (She/Her & They/Them)

Megan Carter is a local LGBTQ activist, organizer, education advocate, parent, and student. In addition to their work at IORC, they help lead a human rights advocacy non-profit and recently founded an organization that works at the intersections of movement, healing, and community. Megan studied for a degree in liberal arts at College of Western Idaho and a Bachelor’s of Communication at Boise State University. They are committed to liberatory social justice practices that center marginalized communities and strives to use frameworks that are accessible for everyone. Megan lives in Meridian, Idaho and loves to go on adventures with their animal-loving kiddo.

Samantha Guerrero, Bilingual Agriculture and Food Community Organizer

Samantha Guerrero is a first-generation Idahoan and a daughter of Mexican immigrants. She graduated in 2017 from the College of Idaho with her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology and Political Economy. Before joining IORC, Samantha worked as an immigration law paralegal and personal injury legal assistant. As an activist for human rights and as a community organizer for IORC she hopes to connect with Idahoans who want preserve democracy, help improve the lives of our citizens and work towards a more sustainable Idaho. Samantha lives in her hometown of Caldwell with her son Joshua. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.