The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) is pleased to announce that Jon Mobeck – a conservation leader and decade-long resident of Jackson – will join JHWF as its executive director in January. He will officially begin work with JHWF on January 4, 2016.
Mobeck contributed to the local conservation community as a staff member of The Murie Center from 2009-2014, serving as executive director from 2012-2014. He has lived in Jackson for 10 of the last 15 years. He returns to Jackson this January after spending the past year in Boulder, Colorado with the WILD Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting people, wilderness and wildlife globally.
“We are elated to welcome Jon as executive director to lead JHWF. Jon brings a wealth of conservation experience and enthusiasm that will benefit JHWF, its volunteers, and the wildlife of Jackson Hole,” Alyson Courtemanch, President of the Board of Directors, said. “Returning to Jackson to contribute to such an effective wildlife organization is a gift,” Mobeck said. “I’m grateful and honored to take on this role, and I’m already impressed by the dedication and effectiveness of the board and volunteers.”
Cory Hatch stepped down as JHWF’s executive director in late November to resume his science writing career. “I’m immensely proud to have served as executive director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation,” Hatch said. “Thanks to hundreds of dedicated volunteers, JHWF is incredibly effective at delivering on-the-ground benefits for wildlife in Jackson Hole. It’s gratifying to know that Jon will take the helm. Jackson Hole’s wildlife are in good hands.”
Mobeck will lead the four main programs of JHWF: Wildlife-Friendlier Fencing, Bear Wise, Nature Mapping, and Give Wildlife a Brake. Mobeck will also usher in a new project in summer 2016, building wildlife ramps on the Teton County levee system to help animals cross the miles of rocks and boulders along the Snake River.
Mobeck first got involved in community nonprofit work with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce as Membership and Communications Director from 2001-2003.