Skye Schell is a Jackson resident with a decade of experience in conservation and community building. As Executive Director at the Alliance, Skye has led the team in re-building a sustainable and strong organization with successful fundraising, full staffing, and significant program wins like the 2018 countywide “yes” vote on a $10M wildlife crossings ballot measure. Before serving as Executive Director, Skye led the Alliance’s Civic Engagement program and Conservation Leadership Institute for three years, building community and political support for conservation.
Skye’s love for wildlife and wild places began as a child learning about nature, fishing, and hunting from his parents and grandparents and in the Boy Scouts. Growing up in Virginia and Texas, he watched as unchecked suburban and commercial sprawl destroyed nearby forests and wildlife, and he is dedicated to fighting against a similar fate for Jackson Hole.
Skye attended college at Rice University in Houston and worked as a backpacking guide at the Boy Scouts’ Philmont high adventure base in northern New Mexico where he fell in love with the Rockies. He then worked in human services and housing back East: refugee resettlement in Virginia, case management in a soup kitchen, and finding permanent homes for people living on the streets of New York City.
Before coming to the Alliance, Skye spent six years working for two land trusts in Washington. He led community engagement projects with Tribes and rural communities on the Olympic Peninsula, smart growth policy advocacy to protect farmland in the suburbs, and community-based projects like new community gardens with refugee families. In this work, and by volunteering on political campaigns, Skye gained a wide range of experience in both developing good conservation policy and building the necessary community support to pass it.
Skye served on the board of the Teton County Housing Authority and is a founder and board member of housing advocacy group ShelterJH. When he isn’t at the Alliance, he can be found hiking, hunting, running, skiing, climbing, fishing, and enjoying our wild places with Luna the dog.