Jill has 20 years of experience working in Alaska where she has focused on fish and wildlife issues, resulting in cooperation among state, federal, tribal, industry and nonprofit stakeholders. She served as the director for the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association for 15 years working to protect and promote wild salmon fisheries on the Yukon River and worked in communities throughout western and interior Alaska and Yukon Territory, Canada. Most recently she worked in the Commissioner’s office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a federal and tribal liaison to address complex natural resource issues.
Prior to her work in Alaska, Jill studied at the Arava Institute in Israel to learn how to work cooperatively across borders to increase trust for environmental cooperation in the Middle East. Following that she worked in joint Israeli and Arab environmental forums on environmental work. Jill has worked on behalf of non-governmental organizations and state government.
Jill has a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Vermont and has a master’s degree in international and intercultural management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.