We give voice to Western values in the national conversation about energy development and public lands conservation – a space too often dominated by industry lobbyists and their allies in government.
A majority of folks who live in the Rocky Mountain West strongly believe in balancing energy development with protecting our Western way of life.
It’s why businesses locate here, people visit from around the world, and why millions choose to call the region home. Westerners want and expect our public lands to support good-paying jobs, provide world-class recreation and tourism opportunities, and support healthy, thriving communities – a mix only possible when our government and industry strikes the right balance between energy development and conservation. Founded in 2013 and based in Montana, Western Values Project echoes that belief.
Western Values Project focuses its efforts on five major themes:
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Chris comes to the Western Values Project following years of holding powerful special interests accountable throughout the American West, and beyond. He has engaged in investigative research-driven accountability efforts as the Communications Director of the Montana Democratic party and for the Service Employees International Union in Arizona and Colorado. In these positions he exposed how the relationships between elected officials and corporate special interests undermines the public interest.
Jayson joins Western Values Project having previously worked on Montana policy over the past decade. He served as Governor Brian Schweitzer’s Policy and Communications Advisor, Minority Chief of Staff in the Montana Legislature and Communications Director at the Montana Department of Agriculture. He’s also worked in the outdoor industry as an Assistant Manager at Great Divide Ski Area where he still volunteers on their ski patrol.
Larkin has been with Western Values Project since 2016. Before joining the communications team, she was a senior research associate for the organization.