Rocky Mountain Staff and Affiliates

Rocky Mountain Regional Center

303 East 17th Avenue, Suite #230
Denver, CO 80203

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Phone: 303-786-8001

Meet Our Staff

Brian Kurzel

Regional Executive Director

As Regional Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center, Brian oversees the National Wildlife Federation’s work on protecting public lands, sustaining fish and wildlife populations, connecting people to nature, and serving as a primary ally for tribal governments. His goal is to create a movement for conservation that helps people and nature thrive in the West.

Lew Carpenter

Director of Conservation Partnerships - AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY, NE

Dave Dittloff

Director of Conservation Partnerships - MT, ND, SD, OR

Jon Naranjo

Free, Prior, & Informed Consent Manager

Alicia Mountain

Urban Nature-Based Solutions Manager

Alya Garrison-Ahmed

Operations Manager

Leandre Mills

Operations Coordinator

Valerie Carroll

Communications Coordinator

Bob McCready

Director of Wildlife Programs (Acting), WCR Program Manager

Simon Buzzard

Wildlife Migration Associate

Collin Peterson

Wildlife Project Coordinator

Camilla Simon

Executive Director, HECHO

Daniela Zavala

Communications Manager, HECHO

Jose Gaona

Policy & Advocacy Manager, HECHO

Alicia Marrs

Director, Western Water

Shelby Weigand

Senior Coordinator, Riparian Connectivity

Emily Blanchard

Kate Zimmerman Policy Fellow, Western Water

Elissa Chott

Beaver Conflict Resolution Fellow

Max Trujillo

Senior New Mexico Field Coordinator, HECHO

Garrit Voggesser

Senior Director, Tribal Partnerships

Jason Baldes

Tribal Buffalo Senior Manager, Tribal Partnerships

Crista Valentino

Tribal Buffalo Program Manager, Tribal Partnerships

Nizhooni St Paul

Program Coordinator, Tribal Partnerships

Rebecca Colbert, PhD, PLA

Senior Director of Design & Engagement, ECHO

Liz Houston

Deputy Director of Partnerships & Development, ECHO

Jessica Yuill

Education & Engagement Manager, ECHO

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Education & Engagement Manager, ECHO

Sydney Belyayev, PLA

Senior Landscape Design Manager, ECHO

Amber Mathis, PLA

Landscape Design Manager, ECHO

Amanda Knight, PLA

Landscape Design Specialist, ECHO

Abigain Cano Perez

Education & Engagement Coordinator, ECHO

Jenna Happach

Landscape Design Coordinator, ECHO

Robin Hartman

Landscape Design Coordinator, ECHO

Sarah Hassan

Landscape Design Coordinator, ECHO

Ellen Warfield

Landscape Design Coordinator, ECHO

Kippy Terry

Landscape Design Fellow, ECHO

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Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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