Meet Alexis Pickering, CVI’s Executive Director

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We are so pleased to celebrate our next Executive Director, Alexis Pickering! As CVI’s Executive Director, Alexis sets the strategic direction of the organization to ensure CVI’s continued success in our mission. She develops and implements CVI’s vision, using her leadership to empower our members, board, and staff to coordinate positive local and statewide conservation political change.

Alexis grew up with the rugged beauty of the Clearwater River and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness as her backyard in Kooskia, Idaho. She earned her Masters of Health Science & Health Policy from Boise State University, following a B.A. in English from BSU and an Associates in English and Political Science from Walla Walla Community College. 

Her professional experience has intersected with conservation and/or policy change throughout her career, including roles in wildland firefighting in northern California, eastern Montana and Idaho. Prior to joining CVI, Alexis worked for eight years in local public health and aligning diverse partners to improve community health through policy, system, and environmental change.

Elected in 2020, Alexis currently serves as the President of the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Board of Commissioners, Idaho’s largest local transportation authority. Since becoming elected, Alexis has ushered in millions of funds for multimodal transportation, improved neighborhood and city partnerships, and improved transportation for all users. In the past, she has served on the board of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and chair of the ACHD Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

She is a conservation voter because the greatest threat to our world is the belief that someone else will save it for us. As a mother of a two year old boy, CVI’s mission and work is more front of mind and personal than ever before. 

“Connection to our public lands and conservation values are something that is inherently part of every Idahoan and I’m honored to be part of an organization that makes the political environment reflect and act on those values,” Alexis said. “I’m looking forward to continuing CVI’s nearly 20-year success of working to elect conservation champions, keeping our elected officials accountable, and protecting Idaho’s cherished public lands and waters.”

When she isn’t in the CVI office, she can be found riding in Idaho’s public lands on the back of one of her horses, hiking with her dog Bonner, camping, gardening, cooking and spending time with her husband and son.

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