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Hollie Conde

Legislative and Lands Coordinator

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Contact:

hollie(at)cvidaho.org

As CVI’s Legislative and Lands Coordinator, Hollie is responsible for advocating for the protection of Idaho’s public lands. She works with the legislature, local elected officials, and community organizations to advance conservation policy.

My Story
I’m a conservation voter because I want my daughter to have the same opportunities to enjoy the natural world as I did growing up.

I grew up on the Colorado New Mexico border in a small town with more cows than people. With my backyard backing up to public lands, I learned how to fly fish, snowboard, and keep wildlife out of the garden. I moved to Idaho in 2012.

I got my start in conservation while working as a whitewater raft guide in the Southwest. Guiding gave me the opportunity to teach clients about the delicate ecosystems in the area, as well as the balance between industry and environment. After moving to Idaho, I was introduced to the political arena through my work at the Boise Metro Chamber. I continued my involvement with state and local politics after leaving the Chamber to work for the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley in late 2017.

At the Land Trust, I managed development and communications efforts, advancing the preservation of open space in a rapidly growing valley. While there, I worked with agencies, private landowners and grassroots organizations to create recreation access, protect habitat, and preserve working lands.

I stay busy by writing and testing new recipes in the kitchen, watching football and hockey, and trying to keep up with my young daughter on the trails. I get out to enjoy Idaho’s beautiful lands and waters as much as possible.

Background

  • Boise State University, Masters of Public Administration – I studied the intersection between government, business, and nonprofits at Boise State. Additionally, I learned the importance of strategy watching Bronco football games — an important factor in both politics and sports!
  • Fort Lewis College, BA in Secondary Education – I’m trained as a teacher, which is incredibly handy for presenting and explaining issues to the public and lawmakers.
  • I have been an active leader in my neighborhood association, on nonprofit boards, and in leadership development programs. I’m currently in the Leadership Boise class of 2020-2022.


Interests

I enjoy cooking, rafting, soaking in Idaho hot springs, snowshoeing, backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventuring. I also enjoy spending time with my daughter and our senior citizen cat watching football and princess movies together on the couch.