Ashley Downing, Executive Director
Ashley joined Wildfire Adapted Partnership as the Executive Director in October 2017. Before coming to Durango, she was the Program Manager for a nonprofit working to protect environmental and agricultural interests in Nevada’s Walker River Basin. In this position, she oversaw conservation programs, stakeholder outreach and performed grant and fiscal management.
Ashley holds a BS is Journalism with a minor in French from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MA in Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California. She enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and exploring new places in her free time.
Archuleta County Coordinator
Bill has lived in the mountains of the Western US and Canada for most of the last 40 years and currently resides in Pagosa Springs. He is an avid outdoorsman who has always been concerned with healthy wildlands. He has worked with Wildfire Adapted Partnership and its partners since 2012. Besides his outdoor pursuits, he is a martial arts (Aikido) instructor, musician and knows the underside of a pickup truck.
La Plata County Coordinator
Charlie coordinates the Wildfire Adapted Partnership programs in La Plata and San Juan Counties. He grew up outside of Seattle and moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend Colorado College where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy. While he has always been interested in environmental issues, his passion for wildfire-specific issues developed when he saw the devastating impact the Waldo Canyon fire had on the Colorado Springs community. Since then, he focused much of his studies on comparing wildfire policies of the United States and Australia, specifically looking at how residents can act in a safe way during a fire and adequately prepare their homes to increase a structure’s likelihood of survival.
In his free time, Charlie enjoys mountain biking and camping in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter. He is excited to be a part of the Durango community and to explore a new region of the state.
Montezuma County Coordinator
Alex joined WAP as the Montezuma County Coordinator in April of 2019. He grew up in the foothills of the Catskill mountains in New York State and attended Bard College in the Hudson Valley where he graduated with a BA in Environmental and Urban Studies. He is deeply interested in forest ecology, historical land use, plant identification, animal tracking, and bird language.
He also has experience in field research and environmental education in various bioregions, from the eastern woodlands and swamps, to the northern boreal forests, to the southwestern alpine and desert communities. Since moving to southwestern Colorado, in 2017, he has become absorbed with the intricacies of the Pinon-Juniper landscape he calls home. Additionally, Alex is a musician and is involved in his partner’s small scale vegetable farm.
Amanda joined WAP in March as our Administrative Coordinator, supporting our staff and programs. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has a background in marketing, from trade show booth design to building and executing strategic campaigns for various brands. In 2018, Amanda relocated to Durango from the Front Range with her husband and two dogs. She is passionate about environmental conservation and advocacy.