Tanner Yess

Tanner Yess is the Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio River Valley. Tanner was raised by scientists, and grew up paddling, pedaling, and planting trees. After earning a degree in restoration ecology, he worked on a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. His Peace Corps service involved resource management and eco-tourism. During graduate school, Tanner helped form Greater Cincinnati’s Tri-State Trails Coalition. He is a National Park Service Mountains Ambassador; SHIFT Emerging Leader; and recipient of the 2018 Murie Center Rising Leader Award. Yess’ passion is creating new pathways for urban youth to access green careers.


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