Jean grew up moving all around the Southeast, living in Alabama, Florida, and Virginia. After earning a B.A. in Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, she escaped to the West Coast for an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.
Jean has spent the majority of her career working for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and California. Over more than 15 years as a botanist, ecologist, and stewardship manager, she participated in restoring and managing thousands of acres of working landscapes. Through this work, she developed strong collaborative relationships with private land owners on working farms, ranches, and forest land. Most recently, Jean was the Natural Resource Specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department based in Bend, Oregon where she covered central and eastern Oregon.
While at OPRD, she fell in love with Northeastern Oregon and was inspired by Wallowa Resources. Having worked with many different conservation models, Jean said she's "excited to be working with an organization that cares for both the land and the community."