Addie & Ted Donnan Memorial Conservation Program Manager
Chelsea grew up zigzagging across the Western US, living in New Mexico, California, Minnesota, and Nevada during her childhood. This sparked wanderlust from a young age and influenced her to find home in many places as an adult. Chelsea spent countless days and starry nights playing in the beautiful landscapes of the West and these experiences built her love of outdoor adventure, conservation, community engagement, and being a lifelong learner. This lifestyle ultimately led her to Jackson, WY in 2017, and later to the Alliance. Chelsea participated in the Conservation Leadership Institute in 2019 and worked on the Safe Wildlife Crossings campaign before starting as the conservation program manager in 2020.
Chelsea holds a B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University, a M.A. in Sociology from Idaho State University, is a Fulbright Research Grantee, has her permaculture design certificate, and a social justice, activism, and compassion leadership facilitator certification. She is a certified yoga teacher and an international and regional naturalist guide. She is currently an “Emerging Leader for Idaho’s Environment” and participates in the local Jackson Hole Womentum Mentoring program.
For Chelsea, the deeper she dives into her scientific career and civic engagement, the more she connects to her spiritual well being and with the natural world. With this deep understanding of life’s interconnectedness, Chelsea has pursued careers in quantitative and qualitative research, environmental education, and community outreach all over the world. Including working for the USDA on climate change research in Colorado, researching amphibian conservation in Ecuador and Ghana, helping to run a children’s center in Nepal, and leading a spiritual ecology initiative throughout Canada and the pacific northwest. Chelsea completed her masters in environmental sociology through an NSF funded grant, “Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem’s Services,” at Idaho State University. For her masters, Chelsea researched the social-ecological dynamics of large landscape conservation and had the intimate opportunity to travel through the High Divide region of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming talking with community members and studying grizzly bears and wolves.
Chelsea is thrilled to be working with the Alliance and leading their wildlife and wildlands campaigns. When she isn’t advocating for conservation, she is playing and dancing through Earth’s ecosystems, talking with other species, and running/skiing/biking/adventuring to stay sane.