JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. \u2014 The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation announced yesterday that\u00a0executive director Jon Mobeck plans to step down in early 2020 after four years with the foundation.\r\n\r\nMobeck\u2019s 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.\r\n\r\nDuring his time with JHWF, Mobeck led the foundation to a level of growth unprecedented in the organization\u2019s 26-year history.\r\n\r\n\u201cJon has been a rock star for the foundation,\u201d said JHWF board president Bruce Pasfield.\u00a0\u201cWhen 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.\u201d\r\n\r\nMobeck\u2019s successes were buoyed by his ability to work effectively with diverse interest groups towards a common goal: reducing our community\u2019s impact on local wildlife.\r\n\r\n"Jon has been an exceptional leader, collaborator, facilitator and friend throughout his tenure at Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation,\u201d said\u00a0Ben Wise, JHWF board member and scientist for Wyoming Game and Fish Department.\u00a0\u201cHe 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.\u201d\r\n\r\nUnder Mobeck\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s Wildlife Crossings Master Plan.\r\n\r\nMobeck 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.