BOZEMAN, MT – The LOR Foundation announced today that Ben Alexander will join the Foundation as chief program officer. A widely respected researcher and nonprofit leader, Ben will work with grantees as well as help scale the evolution of LOR’s grant-making strategies, data analytics and policy initiatives. He will be based in Bozeman, Montana, and begins on April 18th.

“Ben brings a wealth of experience helping rural communities in the Intermountain West find answers to their most pressing economic challenges,” said Deb Love, executive director of LOR. “We are delighted to have him join our team.”

For the past twenty years, Ben has partnered with civic leaders, public agencies and community development organizations, developing a deep understanding of economic, land use and environmental solutions. As the co-founder and co-director of Headwaters Economics, he oversaw a multifaceted research agenda, developed effective partnerships, and helped build the organization into the leading independent nonpartisan research group focused on community development and land management in the West. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and master’s degrees from Yale University.

“I’ve devoted my career to studying how communities in the West can improve their economies and preserve their unique connections to the land,” said Alexander. “I look forward to working with LOR, grantees and communities of the Intermountain West to advance the Foundation’s mission of finding solutions to enhancing livability and quality of life.”

LOR believes that the best results come from the communities themselves and through cooperation and partnerships—with an emphasis on livability, opportunity and responsibility (hence, L – O – R)—and that this approach leads to maintaining livable, sustainable communities.


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