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Welcome to the Western Energy Project


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Welcome to the Western Energy Project


The Western Energy Project works to safeguard the treasured landscapes of the American West.

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Our Mission


Our Mission


The Western Energy Project works to protect our treasured landscapes in the American West by ensuring that any development of oil and gas from our federal public lands is done in a responsible manner. We support the preservation of ecologically and culturally important areas, the adoption of common-sense protections for our water, air, land, and wildlife, and the safeguarding of opportunities for Americans to enjoy our public lands.

 
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Our Staff


Our Staff


Our Staff

Jess Maher, Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Western Energy Project, Jess works with the team to determine and then successfully implement our campaigns to protect the treasured landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Jess graduated with a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.  She has spent the past twelve years working on a variety of energy, environmental, and conservation issues, and applies this diverse background every day to ensure our shared natural resources — water, air, land, and wildlife — are protected and preserved for future generations.


Ti Hays, Deputy Director/Counsel

Ti is Deputy Director and Counsel for the Western Energy Project, and provides legal and policy advice in support of our campaigns. He has worked on conservation issues for over a decade, including with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. and Denver. Ti has a B.A. from the College of William & Mary and law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.


Matt Kirby, Campaign Director

Matt joined the Western Energy Project as Campaign Director in 2017. In that capacity he helps craft and drive the strategies needed to win across the West. He has nearly a decade of experience working on federal lands policy and building conservation campaigns. He has split that time between Washington, D.C. and Colorado. Matt has a B.A. from Carleton College.


Shara Sparks, Operations Manager

Shara joined the Western Energy Project in 2017. As the Operations Manager, she works closely with the Executive Director to plan, direct and coordinate all organizational operations. Shara grew up in New Mexico enjoying the beauty that is the American West and is excited to do her part to preserve the part of the country she calls home. She has a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

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