In my time at Campion, I’ve been really fortunate to visit some remarkable wild landscapes in Alaska, western Canada, and across the northwestern United States. It is really rewarding to learn about these incredible wild places and then meet the local champions working hard to see these areas protected for their ecological, social and cultural values. Often they are facing tremendous challenges to stop devastating resource development proposals – and I appreciate the opportunity to engage and figure out what Campion can do to help secure a win.
In his role as Wilderness Program Director, John combines the power of advocacy with strategic, catalytic philanthropy to secure protection for large intact ecosystems across northwestern North America. He brings years of on-the-ground conservation experience, a keen sense of how to forge partnerships, and a wry sense of humor to his work every day. John engages groups working to protect important wilderness landscapes to understand the threats and opportunities, and how Campion connections and resources can help enhance advocacy efforts. Campaigns to protect wild places face significant obstacles and often take years or even decades to secure a win, which is why John is so proud of the groups he’s worked with in recent years to secure results including Montana’s first new Wilderness in 32 years on the Rocky Mountain Front, protecting 275,000 acres of new Wilderness in Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds, and ending the threat of coalbed-methane extraction in the one million acre Sacred Headwaters in British Columbia. Previously, John worked for The Trust for Public Land where he oversaw a portfolio of acquisition and planning projects across Washington, including the Arrowleaf project to conserve 1,100 acres of iconic land slated for development in the Methow Valley, and an assessment of public access to Puget Sound’s 2,500 miles of shorelines that then led him to serve as the first Program Director for the Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines. John has a Masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and earned his B.A. from Colby College. When he is not in the office, or working with grantees and partners in the field, you might find John volunteering as a soccer coach in his neighborhood, enjoying the trails and backcountry around Washington State, and seeking out baked goods and coffee with more enthusiasm than discrimination.