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Luther Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until December 2012. Under Luther’s leadership, the Institute grew into what High Country News recently called “a regional conservation powerhouse with 50 employees and a $6 million budget.” With seven offices in the Intermountain West and Northwest Mexico, the Institute works with partners to conserve the West’s public lands, promote sustainable and efficient land use and community development policies, better manage water and rivers, and reform energy policies – the core issues that define how the West is growing and changing. The Institute is recognized as a leading practitioner in the North American West of community-based, collaborative, and innovative efforts to advance conservation and to ground conservation in an understanding of economic values and implications.
Previously, Luther worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC, and practiced law, where he represented local governments, landowners, and organizations nationwide in land-use matters. Luther received his law degree and master’s in regional planning, as well as his undergraduate degree, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Luther has co-authored three books, including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities, published by Island Press. In addition, Luther serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the Southwest Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, and chairs the Outdoor Alliance.
Luther lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He enjoys exploring the mountains, deserts, canyons, and rivers of the West and beyond.