Conservation Leadership Institute


Help Build a Better Future

The application period for fall 2020 is now closed. Thank you for your interest in CLI, keep an eye out for our next course, and email tisa@jhalliance.org for more information.


Add to Your Toolbox

The Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute (CLI) is a rigorous, 12 week, leadership development program offered at no charge. Graduates of CLI have the skills and knowledge to effectively organize, advocate, and hold local decision-makers accountable for building a better future. CLI starts with the basics of organizing and progresses each week as participants learn and practice new skills to become grassroots leaders in our community. The course includes a range of topics that participants will explore through group discussion, guest speakers, panel presentations, group projects, readings and real world applications.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the know-how—as well as the encouragement and support—to effectively:

  • Communicate your position to others, including elected representatives;
  • Identify, recruit, and lead a grassroots team;
  • Empower others to engage in the civic process;
  • Use storytelling to inspire action;
  • Develop a campaign plan to achieve a specific goal;
  • Approach governmental and policy making processes with confidence;
  • Identify and execute the best strategies and tactics to reach your goal.

Workshop Schedule

CLI will be held virtually with 2.5-hour workshops every Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. over the course of 12 weeks. This year, the focus of the course will be on climate change. The schedule for Round 11 of CLI includes:

    Workshop #1
    Sept 9
    • Topic: The Climate Justice Movement
    Workshop #2
    Sept 16
    • Topic: Jackson's Place in the Movement
    • Speaker: Climate action in Jackson Hole: Pete Muldoon – Mayor of Jackson, Hannah Haberman – Jackson Hole Climate Action Collective, Brooke Sausser – Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
    Workshop #3
    Sept 23
    • Topic: The Power of Stories
    • Speaker: Public Speaking Skills: Glen Esnard – Career & Leadership Coach
    Workshop #4
    Sept 30
    • Topic: Defining Our Priorities and Making a Plan
    • Speaker: Climate Change and Public Lands: Juan Pérez Sáez – Energy and Climate Campaign Manager, The Wilderness Society
    Workshop #5
    Oct 7
    • Topic: Grassroots Strategies and Tactics
    • Panel: Effective communications with elected representatives in Wyoming: Monika Leininger – Powder River Basin Resource Council, Kristen Gunther – Wyoming Outdoor Council and Chris Merrill – Equality State Policy Center
    Workshop #6
    Oct 14
    • Topic: Building Power With Your Community
    • Speaker:  Volunteer Boards: Mary Martin – Central Wyoming College, Nikki Kaufman – ISWR Board, Ryan Nourai – Historic Preservation Board
    Workshop #7
    Oct 21
    • Topic: Reaching the Right People With the Right Message
    Workshop #8
    Oct 28
    • Topic: Leadership and Empowering Others
    • Speaker: Sustainability in Jackson: Phil Cameron – Energy Conservation Works
    Special Event
    Oct 30
    • Topic: Trick-or-Vote: Getting our Community to the Polls
    Workshop #9
    Nov 4
    • Topic:  Keeping the Momentum in a Grassroots Campaign
    • Speaker: Energy and Tribal Lands: Dr. Len Necefer – Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona
    Workshop #10
    Nov 11
    • Topic: Justice, Equity, and Anti-Oppression (JEAO)
    • Speaker: Justice, Equity, and Anti-Oppression: Sally Morton – Sunrise Movement
    Workshop #11
    Nov 18
    • Topic: Staying Involved & Using What You've Learned
    • Speaker: Taking it to the State: Mike Yin – State Representative for HD16
    Special Event
    Dec 2
    • Graduation: CLI Project Presentations

*Specific topic/speaker(s) of each meeting subject to change

Finally, CLI features a hands-on project to practice leadership and make a difference in Jackson Hole.

This project is a great way to get real-life practice with recruiting, leadership, and communication skills. It requires a few meetings with your team, on your own time, outside of class. Please contact us for more information.

For more information about this program, contact Tisa Djahangiri, or call 214-578-2921.

What do graduates of the first eight rounds of CLI have to say about the program?

From the first week to the last, I was able to network with like-minded individuals in a fun and engaging setting. Every one in the class was unique, and inspirational in their own way. For once, I felt connected to community members with a common vision.

— Trevor Bloom

To understand our local political process, and to understand the importance we have in this political process, is empowering, inspiring, and enjoyable.

— Abbie Bilotta

It is an incredible opportunity to gain such a focused understanding of how to become an advocate.

— Aaron Hamby

CLI reconnected me to my passion for conservation. During the eight weeks of CLI, I found a confidence and excitement in my inner being I thought died a long time ago.

— Suzanne Knighton

What the Alliance is doing for our collective future is revolutionary. From personal experience, I know that while many youth may have a vested interest in creating beneficial changes for the future, often times we do not know where and how to plugin. The Alliance has now set up the foundation for us, providing the tools, assets, and network needed to be the change.

— Ali Dunford

The course is great for people just starting out in the conservation community because it introduces them to the local issues and the skills needed to run a successful campaign. For those with more experience, it builds on the skills they have while introducing new ideas and techniques to make them more effective in their work.

— Tanya Anderson

The moment I walked into the first class I felt empowered and capable to implement change in Jackson Hole, and that is a feeling I would like everyone in this area to share.

— Peggie dePasquale

This course is an amazing opportunity for people to gain great skills and meet amazing people in the community that are interested in shaping a great future too.

— Noelle Guernsey

I have been to many leadership-type seminars before and this one was by far the most practical and applicable.

— Christy Lewis

Phone: (307) 733-9417
685 S. Cache St. PO Box 2728
Jackson, Wyoming 83001