matt-parsons

Matt

Parsons

Associate Director

“Most people who live here care deeply about the land in one way or another. What’s exciting about my new role at GVLT is that I’ll get to work with those people every day, listening to what it is that makes them so passionate about the land and helping turn that passion into action. I couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling way to spend my day!”

Originally from wild, wonderful West Virginia, Matt and his family have made their home here, among the mountains and wide open spaces of the West. Matt spent seven years at Northern Lights Trading Company in Bozeman, managing marketing and operations for the outdoor retailer, before moving over to the Montana State University Foundation where he directed the University’s philanthropic grants strategy. Matt has been an active volunteer with GVLT over the last decade, adopting the Painted Hills Trail on behalf of Northern Lights, doing various other trail building and maintenance projects, and even writing grant proposals for the land trust. In fact, the first grant Matt ever wrote was for GVLT, winning $10,000 for the construction of Riley’s Bridge on the Sourdough Trail off of Graf Street. He has since written dozens of successful grants and managed a large portfolio of major gift partners at MSU. Matt is unabashedly enthusiastic about trails and open space. A lifelong wanderer of the woods, he spent six months of his young adulthood hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. This experience helped shape his conservation ethic, one that includes not only open space, but the ability to enjoy the land via a network of trails. Matt holds a B.S. in Recreation & Park Management from Penn State, a B.A. in English from Montana State and is the former Vice-Chair of the Bozeman Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. He spends his free time chasing his three boys (all under the age of six) around the parks and trails of the Gallatin Valley.