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The Center for Western Priorities is a nonpartisan conservation and advocacy organization that serves as a source of accurate information, promotes responsible policies and practices, and ensures accountability at all levels to protect land, water, and communities in the American West.

The Center advances responsible conservation and energy practices in the West through a network of policy experts, advocacy champions, creative thinkers, and citizens.  We encourage open, public debate and work to advance those discussions online, in the media, and throughout Western communities by promoting responsible solutions and original research.

Staff

Jennifer Rokala
Executive Director

Prior to joining CWP, Jen served as the State Director for U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado. Jen grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a native of the West, Jen has always been passionate about protecting our public lands. Her favorite national park in Colorado is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Greg Zimmerman
Deputy Director

Prior to joining CWP in 2012, Greg studied conservation policy at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and worked with the Colorado Watershed Assembly and the State of the Rockies Project. Greg wasn’t born in the West but he fell in love with the region while studying environmental science at Colorado College. Outside the office, Greg can be found enjoying the West’s public lands, running desert trails and skiing Rocky Mountain powder.

Aaron Weiss
Media Director

Aaron joined CWP in July 2015 after 14 years as a journalist and broadcast news producer, executive producer, and news director. He hosts CWP’s Go West, Young Podcast and works to expand the Center’s reach among reporters and the general public. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Aaron grew up exploring the Sonoran Desert, and now enjoys hiking with his family and impersonating a skier in the Rocky Mountains.

Jesse Prentice-Dunn
Advocacy Director

Jesse evaluates conservation and energy development practices on Western public lands. Before joining the Center for Western Priorities, Jesse served as Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club, where he directed the organization’s efforts to increase vehicle efficiency. An Alabama native, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Outside of the office, Jesse spends his time hiking, boating, skiing and watching baseball.

Lucy Livesay
Policy Coordinator

Originally hailing from Colorado’s Front Range, Lucy spent four years studying Geology and Studio Art at Carleton College in Minnesota before her love of the mountains brought her back to the West. Before joining the CWP team as Policy Coordinator, Lucy co-founded and taught a science camp for middle school-aged girls. These days, Lucy enjoys playing the piano, rediscovering her home state, and visiting Denver’s museums.

Andre Miller
Media Coordinator

Andre grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and recently graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to joining the CWP team, Andre interned as a Research Associate with the Congressional Research Service in Washington D.C. Andre spends his time biking around Denver, cooking, and traveling the Southwest.

Sara Rose Tannenbaum
Outreach Associate

Sara Rose joined CWP as an Outreach Associate in January of 2017. With stints in the Sierras, Salt Lake City, and Pinedale, Wyoming, Sara Rose comes with a passion for getting to know the landscapes and communities of the American West. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sara Rose is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Yale School of Forestry. She loves attending random community events, exploring Denver by bicycle, and stopping to sketch on hikes.

Employment Opportunities

The Center for Western Priorities is currently hiring a Senior Communications Advisor. For a full position description and information on how to apply, please click here.

Contact us

Phone: 303-974-7761
Email: info@westernpriorities.org
Facebook: WesternPriorities
Twitter: @WstrnPriorities