About our Executive Director

Lexi Tuddenham moved to Telluride in 2007 after two years in Chinese cities left her desperately homesick for the American West. She has a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a background in ecology, sustainable resource management, and environmental justice.  Her particular passion is  figuring out the ways in which the integrity of natural environments is related to the health and resilience of the human communities who rely on them.

Prior to Yale, she graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Harvard, worked in international conservation and development in China and Nepal with the Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge and the dZi Foundation, and taught environmental education in the Southwest. Lexi has worked as a professional researcher and writer, studying high alpine ecology at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado; salmon fishing and copper mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska; barriers to creating equitable access to green space in the US; and the history of nuclear fracking in Colorado. She first worked as a grant writer for Sheep Mountain in 2010.

Lexi cares deeply about the future of the San Juans and is highly committed to the health of Telluride’s human and natural ecosystems. She continues to volunteer as an EMT with the Telluride Fire Protection District, an advocate with the San Miguel Resource Center, an instructor for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, and a screening committee member for Telluride Mountainfilm.

Lexi believes strongly that the San Juan Mountains and the San Miguel Watershed represent a unique landscape that is truly one of the most beautiful in the world. At the same time, she believes in building environmentally, socially, and economically resilient rural communities that have a close and healthy relationship to the environment they rely on. She is thrilled for the opportunity to give back to this remarkable place as the Executive Director of Sheep Mountain Alliance.

Read the Telluride Daily Planet article on her here:


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