Lander Karath
Candidate MA, Masters of the Environment, University of Colorado Boulder

Lander Karath is a political organizer and public lands policy specialist whose life has been shaped by our nation's wild places. He grew up in Bozeman, Montana, where a love of the outdoors was cultivated through nordic ski racing, backpacking, hiking, and trail running. In 2008, Lander was inspired to volunteer for then-Senator Obama's presidential campaign, sparking a career in electoral politics. Lander eventually worked as a staffer for President Obama's reelection, managed a city-wide bond initiative in San Francisco, directed field operations for Secretary Clinton's presidential bid in Western Colorado, and lobbied the federal government for investment in sustainable transportation. Lander has an ability to organize stakeholders and interest groups around a common cause through grit, passion, and determination — and in turn, inspire meaningful action to create change.

As he looks to the future, Lander plans to utilize his political abilities to be at the forefront of large landscape conservation and foster innovative, collaborative approaches to managing conflicts on our public lands. Lander is a recent graduate of the Masters of the Environment program at the University of Colorado, where he studied public lands conservation and policy. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College.