Five Valleys is excited to announce that it has named Jennifer Zaso to be its next Executive Director.
Jenny brings a strong background in both corporate and nonprofit strategic planning, organizational development, and fundraising to the position, along with extensive knowledge of land conservation work.
“We look forward to Jennifer’s leadership, as Five Valleys, our great staff, and our wonderful community work together to meet the challenges of protecting those natural values that so enrich the lives of all in western Montana, in the years ahead,” says Kathy McAllister, Five Valleys' Board President.
Most recently, Jenny has held positions as Development and Outreach Director at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula and Development Director of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in Boise. Previously, Jenny was the Development Director for the Monadnock Conservancy, a land trust serving 35 towns in Southwest New Hampshire. She also served as Fundraising and Events Manager for Audubon New York. Jenny holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business and Non-Profit Management from Antioch University.
Jenny's lifelong connection to conservation began with her upbringing on a dairy farm in western New York, that operated on conservation lands managed by a local land trust. She first came to Montana in 2016 and fell in love with the landscape and the people. That led to her permanent return to Missoula and her growing admiration for the work of Five Valleys.
“I am honored to have been chosen to be at the helm of such a prestigious conservation organization, to provide stability and growth for the future, and to be a part of protecting some of our country’s most beautiful landscapes and habitats,” Jenny said. “The staff and Board of Five Valleys is world class, and I look forward to working with them to fulfill such an important mission in this incredible and irreplaceable part of Montana.”