Valerie Gordon owns and operates a family ranch in Alpine County, California. She grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona, where her family blended cattle and conservation together as one. After graduating from Harvard with a focus on Biological Anthropology, Valerie began her work in conservation, first on the East coast and then in California. As director of a grasslands conservation project in Merced County, Valerie worked closely with central valley ranchers to project more than 30,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands and to help facilitate the site location development of the UC Merced Campus. In addition to serving on the Rangeland Trust board of directors, she serves as a board member of an organization dedicated to the land protection, habitat restoration and sustainable resource management of the borderlands region between the Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.