BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Colorado West Land Trust
Launched in 2017 to unite the operations of two local land trusts – Mesa and Black Canyon – Colorado West Land Trust protects approximately 120,000 acres of land in western Colorado. As Executive Director of Mesa Land Trust, Rob Blieberg has overseen this consolidation, which is a helpful case study for other land trusts seeking to gain operational efficiencies and serve their regions collaboratively; see Rob’s full biography here.
Estes Valley Land Trust
Prior to joining the Estes Valley Land Trust, Jeffrey worked with the Larimer County Natural Resources Deparment and the Big Thompson Watershed Forum in Loveland. Jeffrey also worked as a Conservation Director for the Athens Land Trust in Athens, Georgia, and began his conservation career in the Atlanta office of The Nature Conservancy; see Jeffrey’s’s full biography here.
TONY CALIGIURI, Vice Chair/Treasurer
Colorado Open Lands
As one of the state’s largest statewide land trusts, Colorado Open Lands plays a direct or critical role in protecting over a half-million acres of land across 44 Colorado counties. Tony Caligiuri recently joined COL as President and CEO, after spending six years at the National Wildlife Federation; see Tony's full biography here.
Montezuma Land Conservancy
Travis has spent the past three years working with the High Desert Conservation District, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service where he was a District Conservation Technician. He spent his time working closely with farmers and ranchers, as well as local and state agencies, and land conservation organizations. In 2016, Travis was the recipient of the John Stencel Leadership Award from the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, given annually to two people statewide for dedication and leadership in agriculture. Read Travis’ full biography here.
Crested Butte Land Trust
Noel began his conservation career with four years in fire management with the National Park Service. He managed park development and urban land conservation projects as the Program Director for Trust for Public Land in Chattanooga, Tennessee before becoming the Executive Director of Crested Butte Land Trust. Prior to that, Noel managed 3,500 acres of private land for natural resource benefit at the Lula Lake Land Trust. Read Noel’s full Biographer here.
The Nature Conservancy
Since 1965, The Nature Conservancy has been working in Colorado to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends -- helping to protect 1 million acres and improve 1,000 miles of river across the state. As Colorado State Director, Carlos Fernandez leads a staff of 57 that works together with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials, and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world.
Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust
Since 1995, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust has partnered with landowners across the state to protect Colorado's productive agricultural land, heritage, and families for future generations by conserving working rural landscapes. In addition to serving as CCALT’s Executive Director, Erik Glenn also currently serves as President of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts; his full biography is here.
AMANDA HILL, ex officio
Land Trust Alliance
Amanda Hill joined the Land Trust Alliance’s Western team in the role of SW/CA Program Manager in 2018. Based in Denver, CO, Amanda works closely with land trusts in Colorado, California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada to deliver Alliance services designed to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of land trusts in the region. Prior to joining the Alliance, Amanda worked in the Open Space Program for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and at Palmer Land Trust where she was a Colorado Conservation Trust Future Conservation Leaders Fellow.
REBECCA JEWETT, Chair
Palmer Land Trust
Founded in 1977 as one of the nation’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts, Palmer Land Trust protects more than 105,000 acres of lands in a 10-county region that includes Colorado Springs. In addition to serving as Palmer’s Executive Director since 2014, Rebecca Jewett currently serves as Vice President for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts; her full biography is here.
JIM PETTERSON, Secretary
Southwest & Colorado State Director
The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Jim has worked for The Trust for Public Land for three years, and for 17 years prior with The Nature Conservancy. Jim recently completed his term as board president for the Mountain Area Land Trust, and is now serving his seventh and final year as a board member.
Aspen Valley Land Trust
Suzanne is a Roaring Fork Valley native who has been working in the field of land conservation since the spring of 2001. Before joining AVLT, she spent two years as the Director of Land Conservation at the Roaring Fork Conservancy, and then became interim director for the Western Colorado Agricultural Heritage Fund. She was an environmental educator for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies after graduating from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with B.A. in biology in 1997; her full biography is here.
Great Outdoors Colorado
Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $1.1 billion in lottery proceeds to more than 5,000 projects – including competitive grants to local governments land trusts – that enhance parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces in all 64 Colorado counties. Peter Ericson is GOCO’s Chief Operating Officer; see Peter’s full biography here.
Gates Family Foundation
Russ joined the Gates Family Foundation in November 2016 to support work in water resources management and land conservation. Russ’s career in nonprofit conservation has carried him from organizational development and strategic planning to large-scale project management, major gifts fundraising, and public policy. Read Russ’s full biography here.