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.
Montezuma County Coordinator
Amanda coordinates the Wildfire Adapted Partnership Programs in Montezuma County and Dolores County. She lives in Cortez with her husband, Sean, and her two rescue dogs, Murray and River. She came to Wildfire Adapted Partnership in 2016 after completing an internship with Southwest Conservation Corps and Mountain Studies Institute where she was placed at the Dolores Public Lands Center as a Visitor Information Specialist.
Amanda studied Forestry, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, and Environmental Science. She also holds several certifications including Environmental Education, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree.
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.