Craig M. Benjamin is the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, a conservation advocacy organization that works to protect the wildlife, wild places, and community Character of Jackson Hole. Prior to serving as Executive Director, he worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Alliance where he launched the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute.
Prior to his work at the Alliance, Benjamin spent seven years impacting policy change in Washington State. He led a multi-year coalition effort involving more than 60 diverse organizations and hundreds of volunteers to secure nearly $7 million in new annual revenue for bicycling and pedestrian improvements and street maintenance. He developed and managed training programs to empower citizens with the skills they need to help create a better future. He directed communications on a legislative campaign that successfully reached an agreement to shutter one of the Pacific Northwest’s two remaining coal-fired power plants while investing $55 million in local economic development, coordinated a campaign that secured $20 million to make it easier for people to walk and bike to a light rail station, and much more.
Craig has a Master’s of Public Administration focused on environmental policy from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Washington and Lee University. He lives in West Jackson with his wife Stacy, children Piper and Ryder, and dog Annabelle.
Craig will be coordinating the Tools for Tomorrow Program, Saturday, Oct. 11–Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Wort Hotel.