Jenny first came to Jackson in 2011 and worked for Grand Teton National Park as a Bear Management Ranger. Growing up in Ithaca, NY, Jenny had never been west, but like many, she fell in love with everything Jackson Hole was. With a degree in Natural Resources and Animal Science from Cornell University, Jenny pursued work with wildlife within Jackson and elsewhere. She primarily worked with mountain lions for many years with Panthera in the Gros Ventre Mountains, and in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico along side the Mexican Grey Wolf reintroduction. She then worked with the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains outside LA. Her work with urban wildlife was an invaluable experience to look at coexistence at a hyper scale outside one of the biggest metropolises in the country.
Jackson has been home regardless of where Jenny was working. The culture, wildness and wildlife suits who she is and what she’s passionate about. Jenny has worked many jobs within the community to make living here possible over the years, which provides her with even more perspective on the issues we face as a rapidly changing community. Her heart is in wildlife conservation and she recognizes there are many avenues that need to be considered to protect wildlife, and most have a human component. Because of the human dimension to wildlife conservation, Jenny has also developed a passion for education and recognizes the importance of continual education within the community to protect the wildlife and wild places that grab a hold of us and make you never want to leave.
“I’m just a redneck treehugger who likes wild things in wild place”