Program & Development Associate
As an outdoor and winter sports enthusiast, Brendan was naturally drawn to Teton Valley, and his passion for natural resource preservation and community development drew him to VARD. A native of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Brendan earned a Master’s degree in Regional Planning in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied economic development and received a graduate certificate in Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Management. Prior to joining VARD, Brendan worked with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, MA, and with the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation in Ware, MA. Brendan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Geography from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he graduated in 2009. Before returning to graduate school, Brendan spent time living in Big Sky, MT, and Alta, UT, where he became enamored with the West. It was during this time that Brendan’s interest in planning piqued as he sought a means to articulate and address the developments changing the landscape around him. Upon completing graduate school, Brendan was determined to take this knowledge and skill set back to the West as soon as possible. Needless to say, Brendan is extremely happy to join VARD as a Program and Development Associate and to call the remarkable and irreplaceable Teton Valley home.
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) is a nonprofit, membership organization working to preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas, and foster vibrant downtown communities. Our mission is to shape policy, guide development, and provide outreach to preserve natural resources, protect rural character, and promote vibrant communities in Teton Valley through civic action.