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Executive director of JHWF announced he will depart the organization in spring 2020. Courtesy JHWF

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation announced yesterday that executive director Jon Mobeck plans to step down in early 2020 after four years with the foundation.

Mobeck’s career in Jackson began in 2001 when he accepted the position of Communications and Public Relations Manager for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. After briefly leaving the valley, Mobeck returned in 2009 to work as the Director of Programs at The Murie Center where he eventually took on the role of executive director, serving until 2014.

During his time with JHWF, Mobeck led the foundation to a level of growth unprecedented in the organization’s 26-year history.

“Jon has been a rock star for the foundation,” said JHWF board president Bruce Pasfield. “When he took over four years ago, he brought immediate stability, fresh enthusiasm and grew our programs to the strong sustainable state they are in today.”

Mobeck’s successes were buoyed by his ability to work effectively with diverse interest groups towards a common goal: reducing our community’s impact on local wildlife.

“Jon has been an exceptional leader, collaborator, facilitator and friend throughout his tenure at Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation,” said Ben Wise, JHWF board member and scientist for Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “He has an uncanny ability to bridge the gap between managers, advocates, landowners, elected officials and the thousands of visitors that come to the Jackson area every year, resulting in landscape scale work to be accomplished for the benefit of our wildlife.”

Under Mobeck’s leadership, JHWF volunteers removed or made wildlife-friendly modifications to over 42 miles of fences, which served as barriers to wildlife movement and migration. Mobeck also oversaw the expansion of JHWF’s flagship citizen-science program, Nature Mapping Jackson Hole, from which roadkill observations were used to identify priority sites for wildlife crossing solutions in Teton County’s Wildlife Crossings Master Plan.

Mobeck plans to officially resign from his role as Executive Director sometime in early spring to relocate out of state. During a brief transitional period, the foundation will be led by associate director Kate Gersh. The JHWF Board of Directors will soon be initiating a broad search for a new executive director to lead JHWF into the next decade.