Board of Directors

Carl PalmerCarl Palmer, President

Carl is the founder of Legacy Philanthropy Works. He has led innovative community impact initiatives for the past 17 years. His experience spans impact investing, nonprofit leadership, ecological restoration, strategy development, entrepreneurship, investment management and place-based education. In 2005 Carl co-founded Beartooth Capital, a private equity firm investing in important ranches around the American West to generate financial returns, conservation results and community benefits. Prior to co-founding Beartooth Capital, Carl was President and CEO of Greenbridges, an agriculture focused real estate investment firm. Carl was Executive Director of the Ogden Nature Center, a land trust and education center in Northern Utah and worked at the Teton Science Schools in Grand Teton National Park. Carl received a BA in Architectural Studies and a BA in Environmental Studies with Honors from Brown University and earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he was President of the Public Management Program. Carl is a member of the Board of Directors of the Teton Science Schools and an Advisory Board Member of the Conservation Finance Network.

Shelley RatayShelley Ratay, Treasurer

Shelley Ratay is a social sector consultant with extensive nonprofit management experience and domain expertise in land conservation, affordable housing development and green building. She is currently creating a series of case studies on transformational leadership and systems thinking for the new Leadership for Sustainability program at Stanford University. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Shelley served as executive director of Sempervirens Fund, the oldest land trust in California, where she led the organization’s efforts to protect the magnificent redwood forests between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean and create opportunities for people to enjoy them. She has led strategy development and managed complex projects for Beartooth Capital Partners, The Trust for Public Land and Conservation International. She also served as project director at First Community Housing in San Jose, where she oversaw the design, construction and financing of more than 450 affordable apartments for low-income families, including four buildings that earned LEED Gold or Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Shelley holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children and enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, yoga and coaching youth sports.

Jack SheaJack Shea

Jack is the Head of the Meridian School, a private K-5 school in Seattle, Washington. He is the former Executive Director of Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he spent 25 years developing the Schools’ seven distinct educational program areas. These include two independent schools – Journeys School and Teton Valley Community School, a graduate studies program, a teacher learning center, a residential field education program, a conservation research center and a wildlife ecotourism business. He was also the consulting Head to the Teton Valley Community School in Victor, Idaho. Jack is an accomplished educator and business leader with enormous experience developing strategic plans, working with Boards to actualize plans, funding and marketing a program’s value. Jack holds a BS in Wildlife Biology and Forest Ecology from the University of Vermont and an MS in Wildlife Ecology from University of Alaska.

Doug WachobDr. Doug Wachob, Secretary

Doug Wachob is Interim Dean and Director of Academic Programs at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, at the University of Wyoming. He was formerly an Associate Executive Director at Teton Science Schools, where he directed the Teton Research Institute, Graduate Program, Teacher Learning Center, Development, and Communications divisions. He also served as Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy – Alaska. His academic background is in wildlife ecology with an emphasis on the ecology of human dominated landscapes. He received his BS from the University of Minnesota and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Wyoming in Zoology and Physiology. Doug’s career has focused on conservation, educating students about the natural world and training educators to use the outdoors as an effective educational environment. He has developed and implemented innovative graduate and undergraduate curricula in natural sciences, sustainability, education, and natural resource management, and was an award-winning instructor at the University of Wyoming. He is an avid outdoors person with strong interests in outdoor recreation including cross-country skiing, backpacking, hiking, hunting, and wilderness travel.


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