ED Update | July

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ED Update | July

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Dear Friend of EPI,

Change is one constant in life, and in recognition of this, I am sharing news with you of change on the horizon. After thoughtful consideration, my EPI Co-founder, Julie Osborn, will be stepping down from her role as Advancement Director later this year. This has been a transition that she has thought about and that we have discussed - as a team, with the board, and with our staff - for many months, as it is paramount for the organization and the many youth we serve that we ensure an effective transition. We at EPI are deeply grateful for Julie's vision and leadership during the nearly two decades since we set out on this journey together.

Given Julie's leadership role with both the strategic direction of the organization and the acquisition of funds to support our mission, our transition plan involves two main parts. 

To address the first, Julie will remain a member of the Board of Directors and serve in an advisory capacity to our leadership team into the future. The Board was unanimous that her continued presence will help steward the twenty years of work she has dedicated to making EPI the organization that it is today, serving thousands of youth annually to improve conservation efforts in five countries.

In regards to Julie's role in fundraising, we have spent the past six months looking for the right person to take on the role of Development Director, and are thrilled to have found Noreen Humes - right here in Missoula! Noreen brings extensive experience as both a Development Director and Executive Director at multiple nonprofits. Her passion is conservation and youth and she is excited to able to apply her skills to the work that we do here at EPI. 

I am so grateful for your generous support over the years and hope that you will continue to prioritize EPI in your giving during this time of change. I look forward to introducing you to Noreen and working together to continue to build a vibrant organization as we navigate this momentous time. 

Best regards,


Learn about how EPI got its start in the Founders' Story video below.



Scott Pankratz co-founded Ecology Project International in 2000 and currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. His strengths lie in integrating research and education, bringing a common vision to a range of stakeholders, and non-profit administration. As Director, he cultivates the partnerships that are essential to successful programming and directs organizational resources to achieve the full extent of our mission. After 10 successful years of leading EPI, Scott was awarded the Blanche Hornbeck Award in 2010 for outstanding work in the field of nature education from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Scott is on the board of the Montana Nonprofit Association and the Montana Community Foundation and is a Fellow of the Academy for Systemic Change. Scott holds an M.S. from the University of Montana and a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, both in Environmental Studies. He has two children, Natalie and Lucas, with his wife Julie Osborn.

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