Jim Elias

(707) 591-9310 ext. 205

MUP, University of Oregon (Urban & Regional Planning)
BA, UC Santa Cruz (Sociology/Environmental Studies)

Jim has devoted his professional life to building and leading mission-driven organizations that conserve and restore natural resources, connect people to nature, and build thriving communities. He designed and spearheaded multiple land trust initiatives that permanently protected more than 60,000 acres of natural, recreational, and agricultural landscapes in the Sierra, Rocky Mountains, and Intermountain West through fee and conservation easement transactions, including serving as executive director at the Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman, Montana. His outreach efforts targeted wetland-rich properties surrounded by arid landscapes, including acquiring an easement on a 12,000-acre ranch at the base of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains, a keystone migratory stopover on the Pacific and Central Flyways. Drawing from his training in urban planning, Jim also served as executive director for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, a national leader in advocating for safe and accessible active transportation infrastructure and policies.

At Pepperwood, Jim oversees finance and operations, toward growing the organization and scaling its conservation impacts. When not in the office or with family, there is a good chance Jim is on his bike.

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