Anna Peterson joined the Mountain Pact as Executive Director in February 2018. Originally from Minnesota, she’s lived in many of the West’s mountain towns including Bend, Oregon, Missoula,Montana, and most recently in her current home of over ten years - Durango, Colorado.
Anna has worked professionally for almost 20 years with a range of constituency groups, non-profits, small businesses, foundations, and large corporations on campaigns focused on corporate social responsibility, anti-sweatshops, human rights, immigration, refugee rights, public health, public lands, and climate change issues. She has worked in or with the outdoor recreation industry for the past ten years. Anna runs her own communications agency, Conservation Communications.
Anna has worked on conservation campaigns in most states across the American West, as well as in Minnesota and Florida. She has a BA in Studio Art, Political Science, and Environmental Studies from St.Olaf College, and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.
When not working on campaigns, Anna spends time outside in and around the Four Corners area with her fellow conservationist and photographer husband Tim and spoiled rescue dog Greta. She enjoys art and photography projects and is often working on (and continually expanding!) her family's high desert garden. She's an avid traveler and hopes to soon add to her list of 20 countries visited.
Jocelyn grew up exploring the mountains of Southwest Colorado where her love and appreciation for open spaces and public lands began to develop at a young age. She has always been deeply drawn to the unique communities and ample opportunities for recreation that Colorado mountain towns have to offer. It was while Jocelyn was working as a field instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) that her passion for protecting the environment was cemented. Seeing the impact that wild places have on the minds of other young people inspired her to seek ways to protect the alpine ecosystems essential to outdoor recreation and the economies of the mountain towns that she calls home.
Her work for COBS inspired Jocelyn to return to college to study Environmental Biology and Ecology and Environmental Studies at Western State Colorado University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and became involved with the Mountain Pact. Since 2016 she has been
providing research, writing, and outreach support.
Jocelyn received an M.A. in Environmental Policy with a focus on Watershed Management at Western Washington University. Her research helped her develop her skills and interest in collaborative approaches to natural resource decision making. After completing her Master’s she remained in the great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation and rich culture.
Nate is a current senior at Colorado College where he is studying Environmental Policy with an emphasis in Social and Political Philosophy. Originating from outside of Seattle, Washington, Nate grew up hiking and backpacking in the North Cascades and Olympic Mountains. He has been lucky to have instilled in him his love for the outdoors and sense of responsibility for the preservation of the natural world. From an early age, Nate has been aware that environmental issues have an extensive reach on all aspects of our lives. Since arriving in Colorado, he has found the state to be a microcosm for many national environmental discourses and a breeding ground for positive grassroots change.
Nate hopes to contribute to developing new methods of communicating environmental issues that include historically marginalized groups as well as those that are most affected by the threats of climate change. Nate is the Fall Intern for the Mountain Pact where he will be providing research, writing, and social media outreach for the team. He is thrilled to be involved and advocating for important environmental issues.