American Prairie is pleased to announce the promotion of Alison Fox to the role of President. Sean Gerrity, who served as American Prairie’s President for 16 years, will remain in a leadership role as CEO and continue to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The change in leadership structure reflects American Prairie’s growth and success since its founding in 2001.
As the founding President of American Prairie, Gerrity’s leadership and vision guided American Prairie from its earliest conceptual stages to the thriving and growing wildlife reserve it is today. Gerrity has led the organization in raising more than $100 million in donations and pledges, establishing American Prairie in northeastern Montana and growing it to more than 350,000 acres of deeded and leased public land (roughly 550 square miles). In addition, he has overseen the building of a National Board of Directors and a staff of 29 full-time employees.
Fox joined American Prairie in 2007 and has served in a leadership role as Managing Director for the past four years. As the organization’s new President, Fox’s responsibilities include ensuring the organization’s fiscal health and future by developing relationships with American Prairie’s growing network of supporters, as well as leading the organization’s development, marketing, operations and finance functions. Gerrity’s new role will focus on leading all aspects of American Prairie’s long-term vision for creating rich and robust wildlife populations on American Prairie lands and ensuring public benefit, both for the local communities that neighbor American Prairie and the global visitors who enjoy American Prairie’s growing educational and recreational opportunities. Gerrity and Fox work with American Prairie’s National Board of Directors and on a four-person executive leadership team to direct the organization’s strategic goals.
“Ali’s passion and dedication for this project is undeniable,” said Sean Gerrity, CEO, American Prairie. “Over the past decade, she has led and mentored staff teams, built relationships with our global supporters, traveled countless miles sharing our story around the world, and toured hundreds of people on the Reserve. She has been a valued colleague to me and a respected member of our team, and I look forward to seeing her excel in this new leadership role.”
American Prairie National Board Chair George Matelich spoke in favor of the transition, noting both Gerrity’s exceptional leadership and Fox’s unique ability to continue to support the organization’s culture of success. “Sean’s vision, dedication and innovative leadership built this organization,” Matelich said. “He has assembled a National Board of Directors, a worldwide network of supporters and a Montana-based team of professional staff who are well positioned to achieve American Prairie Reserve’s bold vision. Ali has been a crucial part of that team for a decade, making her a highly-qualified successor. My fellow Board members and I were pleased to select Ali to lead American Prairie Reserve alongside Sean, today and into the future.”
Prior to joining American Prairie, Fox worked in marketing and communications roles at RightNow Technologies. She holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where she focused on marketing and nonprofit management, and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.