Growing up in the shadows of Smoky Mountain National Park, Alan developed an appreciation for wild places at a young age. He was introduced to the non-profit sector during undergrad at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Working with the Sustainability Institute and Lowcountry Earth Force, Alan developed a unique grant program raising awareness and funds for sustainable high-school projects. After college, Alan managed an organic farm, commercial fished in Southeast Alaska, and was a Senior Project Manager for Living Roofs Inc., designing and installing vegetated roof systems up and down the east coast. Transitioning to Montana 4 years ago, Alan came back to the non-profit sector joining Whitefish Legacy Partners as Program Director in 2015. Earlier this year, Alan transitioned to Director of Development as the organization enters a pivotal time in their Close the Loop Project. He looks forward to working with project partners and devoted community members to finalize the 55+ mile loop trail around Whitefish Lake and place more local land into permanent protection.