Jason is one of the grassroots program officers at the foundation. He brings many years of grassroots experience with him to WAJF, including most recently as Coordinator of Heartwood's Appalachian Restoration Campaign, a conservation-based GIS project focusing on wildlands design in Central Appalachia.
He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware. From 1993-1995 he worked in Washington, DC, on forest policy issues. While in Washington, DC he assisted grassroots activists from around the country in efforts to protect their own special places. This led to a short stint in Montana with the Native Forest Network. Longing for the Appalachians, Jason returned to his home state of Pennsylvania and spent two work-filled years on at the Flickerville Mountain Farm and Groundhog Ranch, an organic farm and greenhouse. From 1995 to 1998, he also taught an annual field course in wilderness canoeing, forest ecology and ethics in the Ozarks through the Wild Rockies Field Institute and the University of Montana.
He enjoys canoeing, running, swimming, birding, hiking and gardening, and is also a tour guide in the gardens at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. His family roots are on farms around Toledo, OH, and Elkins, WV, and ultimately, Jason hopes to return his future family to farming.