After recieving his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, Jesse headed to Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest to pursue his interest in guiding outdoor trips. Leading tours led into biology fieldwork with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, sparking a new path through the environmental disciplines. After returning to Connecticut to take another fisheries position with the Department of Environmental Protection, he again made his way west to gain experience in advocacy work. In Portland, Oregon Jesse gained organizing experience with the Fund for Public Interest and Research and the Campaign for America's Wilderness. Having a base understanding of public land advocacy, Jesse was offered an Americorps position in 2008 with Hailey, Idaho's Wood River Land Trust as a community organizer and communications intern. Now back in Boston, Massachusetts, Jesse is a 2012 M.A. candidate at Tufts University, studying Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Currently, he interns for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Brookline Department of Community Development and Planning and is the Middlesex Conservation District Local Working Group Coordinator. Jesse has consistently chosen a path toward a multi-discipline approach to environmental work. Although his interests span a broad range, his time with ELP honed his understanding of communications and collaborative processes. He is taking this new energy and understanding back to his studies, as he explores his passions of regional planning, collaborative conservation and community economic development.