Director of Programs & Operations at the Aspen Science Center
Before relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley Jason was a professional scientist at the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research for 7 years, investigating greenhouse gases in modern climate change. Prior to his professional research career, he taught mathematics and physical sciences at a Denver area high school for teens engaged in substance abuse recovery programs and later taught at high schools in Carbondale. In addition to his research and teaching experience, Jason has also explored career opportunities in the Roaring Fork Valley as a commercial brewer, analytical chemist, production engineer, and ski school instructor. Jason graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2000 with a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in mathematics. By way of the intersection of his research and teaching background, Jason volunteered his time while in Boulder, CO to climate science outreach programs for local high school and middle school students; and in the Roaring Fork Valley he has coached youth soccer teams and regularly volunteers his time for his children’s school fundraisers, field trips and special events.
Networking with other professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley who happened to be RFL alumni and hearing about the civic projects they’ve effected is what first piqued Jason’s interest in the Academy, but the opportunities for leadership development and self-improvement in relation to community engagement is what he’s most looking forward to.