Meet Our Staff

Protecting and restoring western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives, and legal advocacy.

John Persell

Staff Attorney for 10th Circuit litigation

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.

Learn More About Our Other Staff Members!

Erik Molvar

Executive Director

Greta Anderson

Deputy Director

Adam Bronstein

Director for Nevada & Oregon

Talasi Brooks

Staff Attorney

Melissa Cain

Bighorn Conservation Director

Laura Cunningham

California Director

Kelly Fuller

Energy and Mining Campaign Director

Nancy Linscott

Operations Director

Jocelyn Leroux

Washington and Montana Director

Josh Osher

Public Policy Director

Dave Stricklan

Sagebrush Specialist and Liaison to the Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Fund

Jonathan Ratner

Director for Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado

Paul Ruprecht

Conservation Advocate

Cyndi Tuell

Arizona/New Mexico Director

Laura Welp

Ecosystems Specialist

Patrick Kelly

Idaho Director

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