Jim Stratton grew up in Oregon, but his career unfolded in Alaska. At the National Parks Conservation Association, he served as the Deputy Vice-President for Regional Operations and ran the Alaska office. Prior to NPCA, Jim spent almost eight years as the Director of Alaska State Parks and 11 years as the Program and Finance Director for Alaska Conservation Foundation. He started his Alaska conservation career in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. In 2019, he was inducted into the Alaska Conservation Hall of Fame, in recognition of his four decades of tireless work for Alaska’s wild places.
Jim holds a degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. With retirement, he returned to Oregon, and now lives in Eugene. Listing his current profession as “public lands and wildlife enthusiast,” Jim blogs about his travel to national parks, explores the world and adds to his life lists: birds, national parks and beers.