Introduction to Friends of Alta’s New Executive Director

Hope you all have had a great start to the new year! I am very excited to begin 2019 by joining the Friends of Alta family. Jen has left some big shoes to fill, and I will be diligently working to uphold the values of Friends of Alta and continue to protect and preserve Alta and Little Cottonwood Canyon. To give a little background to who I am: I grew up outside of Nashville, Tennessee (Surprising right, since it doesn’t really snow there or have mountains!), but I have also spent a good portion of my life in West Virginia since I attended college and law school there. I discovered what was so special about the outdoors and nature while roaming the hills of West Virginia, free to explore. I devoted my education to joining my outdoor interests with my professional life. I graduated from West Virginia University College of Law having focused in land use and sustainable development. I spent my last year of law school in the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic working with communities and property owners to create conservation easements, create city plans for sustainable and environmentally friendly growth, and help homeowners who lost their homes to severe flooding. I moved to Utah in the summer of 2017 and immediately fell in love with the Wasatch Front, in particular Little Cottonwood Canyon. From the first time I visited Little Cottonwood Canyon, and every time since, I appreciate the unique and beautiful environment. Alta has become the place I go to find solitude, adventure, and to feel close to nature. I am honored to be a part of an organization that values such a special place as much as I do.

I look forward to getting to know all of you. If you ever want to speak with me or ski a run or two, please give me a call or email me and I would be thrilled to get to know you

~Kyle Maynard