Jennifer Speers grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley with farming and conservation in her blood. She has carried her values of land stewardship into the management of her own ranching properties along the Colorado River in Moab, Utah, where she raises crops that provide habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife that utilize the river corridor.
Jennifer is the President of the Palladium Foundation, which purchases conservation land in Utah. Jennifer came to Utah to attend the University of Utah and to ski and has remained ever since.
She became involved with The Nature Conservancy of Utah to protect the wetlands on the Great Salt Lake. Jennifer joined its board, which she now chairs, and served on the committee for the Campaign for a Sustainable Planet and that helped design the visitors’ center.
In addition to The Nature Conservancy, Jennifer serves on the boards of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Wilderness Society.
She is a Trustee of the Dutchess Day School, Miss Hall’s School, and the board of the Glynwood Center of Cold Spring, NY, which supports farm communities and regional food systems. She is a director of Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center, an estate once owned by her great-grandfather and deeded to the City of New York in 1960.
Jennifer also chairs the board of ArtSpace, which provides affordable living and working spaces for artists, cultural organizations, non-profits and others in Salt Lake City.