The Western Energy Project works to safeguard the treasured landscapes of the American West.
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.
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. Since 2004 she has worked 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 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.
Tom provides legal research and analysis for the Western Energy Project’s campaigns. After growing up in the wilds of Idaho and studying biology at Bowdoin College, Tom decided to become an advocate for nature and the public lands he loves. He graduated with an environmental law certificate from Berkeley Law in 2016 and then clerked for Judge Nathanael Cousins of the Northern District of California before joining the team in 2018.
As Campaign Director, Marni helps craft and drive the strategies needed to win across the West. She has many years of experience working on federal lands policy and building conservation campaigns, including with the Sierra Club and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Marni has a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A. from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Kelsie assists in the development and implementation of the Western Energy Project's priority campaigns. Prior to joining WEP, Kelsie managed organizational program evaluations, community engagement efforts, and advocacy strategies to advance access to high quality public school options in underserved communities of Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Administration in Policy Advocacy from the University of Southern California.
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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