2019 Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected

Dr. Morgan Green, Director of The Emerging Leaders Program

Dr. Morgan Green, an alumni of The 2018 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) who became the program’s Director in February, announced today that the selections for the 2019 cohort have been made.

Notification of acceptance went out to the 17 selected participants on Monday, July 15. Participant details will be released on the SHIFT website in early August.

“This year’s cohort will add substantively to work being done at this year’s SHIFT,” said Dr. Green. “The participants also embody The Center for Jackson Hole’s vision and core values—and represent our organization’s foundation as we move forward.” 

Dr. Green credits the ELP Advisory Council for their role in selecting the cohort. Taimur Ahmad (ELP 2016) and Eva Garcia (ELP 2018) were both instrumental in the evaluation and interview processes, as was Chris Perkins, SHIFT’s Logistical Coordinator from 2016-2018. 

Other ELP alumni, including Jessi Johnson (2017), Shonto Greyeyes (2018), Zeppelin Zeerip (2016) and Aaron Wolfe (2017), will assist in the facilitation of the 2019 program, the venue for which was chosen in April.

Center for Jackson Hole Executive Director Christian Beckwith, who founded SHIFT and ELP, has been working to transition the organization’s leadership to ELP alumni for the past two and a half years. Dr. Green is part of the transition, as is The Center’s board chair, Dr. Len Necefer (2017) and Gerben Scherpbier ( 2017). 

Beckwith welcomed the class of 2019 and praised Dr. Green for his leadership.

“The future of SHIFT is ELP,” said Beckwith. “Dr. Green’s activation of the ELP alumni network, and his intentional selection of the 2019 cohort, will insure the foundation for the future of our organization is sound.”

As the final phase of the transition, ELP alumni will occupy leadership positions throughout the organization. 2019 ELP participants will be part of this plan.

2019 program participants include veterans, public health administrators, climbers and community organizers. The geographic, racial, cultural and professional diversity of participants represents the breadth of the American spectrum.

“The 2019 cohort will make a significant contribution to the dialogue at SHIFT around the business case for public lands,” said Dr. Green. “It will also serve as the foundation for the next generation of outdoor recreation and conservation leaders.” 

“The humor, the intelligence of their questions, their appropriate thoughtfulness—I couldn’t be prouder of the class of 2019,” said Dr. Green.

ELP will begin on October 12. On October 16, program participants will begin their integration at SHIFT, which Dr. Green and Beckwith are actively developing.


About The Center for Jackson Hole: The Center for Jackson Hole is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the coalition of interests dedicated to the protection of the natural world by investing in the future of their constituencies.

We achieve this mission via two main programs: SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest ForTomorrow), an annual festival, held each autumn in Jackson Hole, that explores issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health; and The Emerging Leaders Program, which trains early career leaders to help develop our work at SHIFT and in America.

The 2019 SHIFT Festival takes place October 16-18 in Jackson, WY. Tickets for the 2019 SHIFT Festival will go on sale August 1. For more information, visit www.shiftjh.org. 



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