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 is now pursuing an M.A. in Environmental Policy at Western Washington University where she is further developing her skills and passion to bring lesser heard voices into the federal environmental and public lands policy arena.
Stephanie joined The Mountain Pact in 2018. As a near-native Coloradoan, and resident of the Gunnison Valley for the better part of a decade, she is interested in Climate Change and its effect on mountain communities. This includes: how cultures are changing in response to climate change, economies, resiliency, and storytelling.
Upon learning about The Mountain Pact, she was immediately interested in the organization's unique approach to unite mountain communities to approach these issues. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Environmental Writing from the University of Montana.
She is excited to join The Mountain Pact team and hopes to learn more about climate change, policy, public lands, recreation and how all of these issues relate when approaching unique and sustainable solutions.