A graduate of Colorado College, Yamnuska Mountain Skills semester, Teton Science Schools Graduate Program and The University of Wyoming, Jody Donovan is a lifelong learner and educator committed to building systems and structures to support place-based learning at Teton Science Schools. As Chief Operations Officer, Jody leads the Property Management, IT, field programming, Food Service and TSS Operations teams as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group. Jody brings a range of professional experiences that prepared them well to steward operations. As a former EMT, wildland firefighter, educator and curriculum and program developer at an education technology startup in Silicon Valley, they are passionate about building systems and teams that create synergy and transformative change in individuals and organizations. Donovan has worked to advance access to quality educational experiences for the past decade through engagement in various nonprofits. They look forward to continuing to help scale Teton Science Schools’ impact. Jody believes that the best growth and learning occurs within the context of a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, and strives to keep the joy-factor high in all aspects of their work.