Future West is nimble and efficient with a small core staff of seasoned professionals with extensive experience in:

  • Community development
  • Facilitation
  • Land use planning
  • Natural resource management
  • Public involvement
  • Wildland and wildlife conservation

Shawn Hill, AICP

Shawn is the Executive Director. He has 20 years of planning, conservation, and affordable housing consulting experience in the Northern Rockies.  Prior to Future West, he served as the Executive Director of Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD), a 501(c)(3) organization advocating for responsible land use planning in the Teton Valley of Idaho and Wyoming. Shawn has 9 years of experience in the public sector working as a planner for Summit County, Utah and the Town of Jackson, Wyoming. As a private consultant, he has been involved in various planning and housing projects in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. Shawn holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming and a B.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Utah. He is on the Teton County, Idaho Joint Housing Authority Commission and serves on the editorial board of Western Planner. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys skiing, travelling, mountain biking, and quiet evenings with his old dog.

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Randy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter has spent many years working with community leaders in the Northern Rockies, helping them understand the challenges that come with growth and change, and tailor locally-based solutions to those challenges. Before joining Future West, Randy was a community planner in Iowa, followed by 13 years with the Sonoran Institute’s Northern Rockies Program. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and a graduate degree in urban and regional planning, both from the University of Iowa.

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Hannah Jaicks

Hannah Jaicks, PhD

Hannah Jaicks is an interdisciplinary scientist who specializes in using psychology to develop stronger avenues of communication and inclusion amongst the public, decision makers and scientists around issues of conservation and sustainable development.  Her research has taken her throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for the past decade, assisting efforts to ensure that the working landscapes of the region continue to produce successful farming and ranching as well as healthy and abundant wildlife populations. Her first book, The Atlas of Conflict Reduction: A Montana Field-Guide to Sharing Ranching Landscapes with Wildlife will be published by Anthem Press in early 2022. Hannah received her Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Swarthmore College.

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Penny McLaughlin

Penny McLaughlin, our administrative assistant, has years of experience in accounting, payroll, office management, grant and project coordination, fundraising, budgeting graphic design, database management and more. 

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