Conservation Policy Manager
After an early life moving around the country and world as a Navy brat, Leah is excited to have finally settled in Jackson and to call this gorgeous valley home. A younger Leah that spent her days playing in the empty fields of an olive farm in Sicily would be excited to see adult Leah roaming around the Tetons!
As an undergraduate studying Psychology at the College of William and Mary, she took a semester off of college to work on a remote research station in the Peruvian Amazon. Working closely with tribes and in remote communities awakened a passion for working with local communities on conservation projects. This led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Her Master’s research led her to New Zealand where she developed a project along with three tribes focused on co-management between the federal government and local tribes to manage an iconic national park. She greatly believes in creative conservation policy to solve complex environmental issues and that heavily relies on community involvement and engagement.
Leah spends her free time reading in the woods, conning people into letting her take their dog on walks, failing at self-taught craft projects, video-chatting with her nieces back in Virginia, and finding solitude in the mountains around Jackson.