“I love Bozeman because of the access to nature, the beauty and grandeur, and the sense of community wherever you go.”
Penelope has led the Gallatin Valley Land Trust as Executive Director since 2010. During her tenure she has witnessed the completion of numerous conservation easements that place over 45,000 acres under permanent protection, and the expansion of the Main Street to the Mountains trail system to over 80 miles. She has also helped GVLT increase its operating budget to over $1.3 million dollars. Prior to working with GVLT, Penelope was the US Regional Director of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). She practiced land use and real estate law in Seattle, Washington and was the Director of Land Conservation for the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy before spending 10 years on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica operating a private reforestation project and wildlife refuge. Penelope holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT), and on the Conservation Defense Advisory Committee of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). Penelope delights in fly-fishing, bird hunting, skiing, and walking the trails in and around Bozeman with her husband Ben and three step-children.