Jeff has dedicated his entire career to wildlife management, which began in 1979 as a district wildlife manager for what was then known as the Illinois Department of Conservation. Currently, as the Assistant Director for Research, Policy, and Planning at Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), he oversees CPW’s research program, the GIS unit, and the policy and planning unit.
For CPW, which manages the state parks and wildlife in Colorado, there is a lot of mission overlap with PLJV when it comes to conserving wildlife habitat, including working with private and public landowners and industry. For Jeff, part of the reward of being on PLJV’s management board is the affiliation with a progressive, nimble nonprofit organization that excels at partnerships and uses science to achieve on-the-ground conservation in a working landscape.
Jeff joined CPW as the Terrestrial Section Manager, then served as the Assistant Director for Wildlife Programs. Prior to CPW, he was the Chief of the Division of Wildlife Resources for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in zoology with a wildlife emphasis from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in environmental biology from Eastern Illinois University where his thesis focused on moist soil management. He is also the primary staff contact for the Parks and Wildlife Commission and coordinates CPW’s annual legislative agenda.