Development & Communications Manager
Molly grew up visiting Jackson Hole every summer with her family, and somehow hasn’t missed a year yet. Otherwise living outside of Chicago, the Tetons inspired her to appreciate nature, enjoy playing outside, and care that special places stay special. As she got older, she began to notice discussions about land use and resource management in the valley – an interest that propelled her to pursue conservation in her studies and her work.
She majored in environmental studies at Carleton College in Minnesota, and, since she believes many perspectives are needed to tackle big issues, loved the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Additionally, studying abroad in Tanzania showed her how communities and habitats can both suffer when local voices are removed from land use decisions.
After college, she spent three years as an interpretive park ranger with the National Park Service at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. While the most fun part of her job was taking fourth graders on “bug hikes” in the prairie, the whole experience also got her hooked on the history of westward expansion, the politics of resource management, and the art of communicating environmental stories (often with the help of groan-worthy puns).
When she realized she needed to learn more in order to help make a difference, she headed to the University of Michigan for a master’s in environmental planning and communication. During her program, she implemented a climate change education unit in local middle schools, launched a collaborative planning process for a proposed dam removal, and interned with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition on a campaign to protect national forests.
Molly is thrilled to finally be a part of the Jackson community year-round and help to protect such a meaningful place. You’re sure to find her frolicking outside with friends, hosting folk singalongs in her living room, and eating way too much cheese.