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Jen Simoni

Marketing and Communications Manager

608-355-0279, ext. 32

I started working for the Leopold Foundation as a stewardship fellow in 2009 and for the last 10 years, I have devoted most of my time to a project called My Wisconsin Woods, where I help coordinate outreach and communication efforts directed toward private forest landowners in Wisconsin. I recently moved into the Marketing and Communications Manager position to continue that work more broadly for the organization, and help bring our mission and work to our communities at large.

As a child, I enjoyed camping with my family, boating, and being outdoors. It only seemed logical to pursue a career related to nature and the environment. After starting a degree in environmental science at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and finding it very difficult to study the environment among a sea of people and buildings, I transferred to University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a forestry degree. Before coming to the foundation, I worked as a forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Since joining the foundation, I’ve earned my master’s degree in natural resources policy and planning from UW-Stevens Point in 2012.

Working at the foundation has been an amazing experience, combining my love for the environment with my interest in helping other people love it, too.