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Danya Rumore, Director

Danya is a facilitator, collaborative process designer, and conflict resolution professional with expertise in the intersection of natural resource management and community planning. In addition to her role as EDR Program Director, Danya is a clinical associate professor in the College of City & Metropolitan Planning and a research professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is also the Founder and a Co-Director of the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Danya really likes to shred the gnar on her mountain bike and skis, and she can also be found climbing rocks, floating rivers, running trails, and digging in her garden.

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Emily Gaines-Crockett, Associate Director

Emily oversees EDR program administration, leads EDR outreach and communication efforts, and otherwise keeps the EDR Program running. She has over a decade of program management experience at the University of Utah, in addition to prior positions in environmental education, research, and outreach. Emily holds a M.S.T. in Environmental Science from the University of Utah. In her free time, Emily enjoys exploring Utah landscapes and camping and hiking with family and friends.


Jordan Katcher, Initiatives Facilitator

Jordan supports EDR Program initiatives and projects. From a rural community in northwestern Pennsylvania, she deeply values community cultures, collaboration, and inclusivity. Jordan completed a Master of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Oregon and is a 3x AmeriCorps alumni. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sourdough bread, forest bathing, traveling, laughing with loved ones, and practicing gratitude.

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Jessica Reimer, EDR Program Fellow 

Jessica is currently helping to develop ways to understand how environmental professionals can better perceive and leverage conflict and collaboration to improve policy and decision-making practices. She has a background in ecology and environmental advocacy, through which she realized that the changes she and others were working for needed to better embrace diverse, and often opposing, perspectives in order to make progress. Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. Having grown up in Utah, she loves working on issues related to the West and taking advantage of the unrivaled access to nature.