Chris comes to the Western Values Project following years of grassroots organizing, research, and campaigning throughout the American West. He has experienced debates about natural resources as a participant in hotly contested statewide elections, an official for a natural resource agency, and as an avid fly-fisherman.
These experiences brought him to the Western Values Project with a desire to build a movement of Westerners whose vision for public lands conservation and management that transcends the well-trod battle lines of the past. Under Chris’ leadership, the Western Values Project aims to give voice to the “silent majority” of Westerners who don’t fall on either extreme of debates over how to best manage public lands.
Chris lives with his wife and son in Montana’s Flathead Valley, where he prays for snow when he isn’t fishing some water he’d prefer not to mention in public.