Laura’s role is unique and diverse: As CEO of Montana Prairie Holdings, she leads the beef brands which support wildlife-friendly ranching — Wild Sky and Great Northern — as well as helps manage and recruit ranching families. A key plank of American Prairie Reserve’s mission is providing economic benefit to our neighbors and hence building a constituency for conservation. Wild Sky is doing just that by incentivizing nearby ranches to implement wildlife-friendly practices. As the manager of economic initiatives, Laura also works with a number of visionary partners, including High West Distillery and Stio outdoor apparel, to raise awareness for the project. Laura is also a research fellow at PERC and a former fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has published several books including Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places (2013). Laura holds an M.S. in Public Policy and a B.S. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Utah State University. Any spare time she can find is spent rock climbing and fly-fishing. Additionally, she serves on the Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory Board.
“I’ve studied private conservation efforts across the globe and I’m thrilled to now be a part of one of the world’s largest conservation projects here in Montana!”