Len Necefer, PhD

Len Necefer, PhD, Board Chair of SHIFT’s 501(c)3 parent organization, The Center for Jackson Hole, will introduce The 2019 SHIFT Festival on Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. at The Center for the Arts.

Len Necefer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona with joint appointments with the American Indian Studies program & the Udall Center for Public Policy. In addition, he is the founder & CEO of Colorado-based outdoor apparel company NativesOutdoors. He holds a bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas & a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Previously he worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio on supersonic vehicle research and most recently worked for the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs supporting tribes realize their energy futures through research and grant making. His research focuses at the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. This has included work from energy and water issues in the lower 48 and Alaska to outdoor recreation management policy.

In his spare time Len is an avid outdoor adventurer using rock/ice climbing, high altitude & ski mountaineering, and bikepacking to convey stories focused on environmental activism & indigenous history. These adventures are documented through his writing and photography which has been featured in the Alpinist, Outside Magazine, the Climbing Zine, Beside Magazine, Patagonia’s the Cleanest Line, and various film festivals.


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