John grew up in the northern Minnesota and spent his childhood exploring the surrounding forests and wetlands. Family trips out west to Yellowstone and the Black Hills further stoked John’s appreciation of wild places. After studying music and Spanish at Bemidji State University, John headed to law school. In 2009, he earned an LL.M. in environmental and natural resources law from Lewis and Clark Law School. John worked for Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in Wyoming and Pacific Rivers in Oregon before living overseas for a few years. In his free time, John enjoys climbing mountains and exploring the vast and varied landscapes of the west.