Jerry Grebenc Joins the Sonoran Institute – 02.15.2012

“The Institute’s work is dedicated to the idea that communities manage change most effectively when they have accurate, compelling information and meaningfully engage their citizens,” says Diane Snyder, director of the Northern Rockies program. “We are delighted to have Jerry on board to help us in our community outreach efforts in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Jerry understands the critical issues facing our communities and is dedicated to working closely with community partners to help shape a better future for the region – one of healthy landscapes, vibrant economies, and livable communities.”

Having a graduate degree in geography from the University of Montana, Jerry has worn many community development hats, including: working in the private sector managing the development of private lands; as a local land-use planner and county planning director; and for the State of Montana where he provided practical advice and assistance to local governments and other clients about community development issues.

“I am very excited to join the Sonoran Institute, particularly the Northern Rockies Program” says Grebenc. “The Institute’s work embodies my personal and professional commitment to the conservation of the landscapes, amenities and communities of the Northern Rockies, particularly on terms that respect the region’s social, cultural and economic fabric.”

Jerry has lived in Montana for 20 years, and enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and playing hockey.  He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters; Halley and Elsa.

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