I’m Jonathan Schechter, a candidate for Jackson’s Town Council.
Here are ten facts about me.
I am 61 years old. I was born and raised in southern California, and first moved to Jackson Hole in 1983. I’ve lived here permanently since 1988.
When I was a teenager, we came to Jackson Hole on a family vacation, and I came back again while in college. I first visited Jackson Hole, though, in utero, when my parents stayed at Jackson Lake for a week while driving across country. My mom would tell you that I ended up living here because of in utero bonding.
I have an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and a graduate degree from Yale University (an AB in Human Biology and a master’s in management, respectively).
My son Alex is 30 years old. He was born and raised in Jackson Hole, and is now a sculptor. He was born in a log cabin at the north end of Blacktail Butte, making him one of the few people – and perhaps the only person – ever born in the greater Moose metropolitan area.
While a Jackson Hole resident, among the jobs I’ve held are: Public Affairs Director for KMTN radio; Development Director and Associate ED of the Teton Science School; founder and principal of Summit Management Consulting; economics columnist for the Jackson Hole News, then the Jackson Hole Guide, then the Jackson Hole News&Guide; and founder and executive director of the Charture Institute.
I am fortunate enough to own a home in Jackson, specifically in the Indian Trails subdivision. I am the first and only owner of my property, and I moved my house to my Indian Trails lot from its former location on the southeast corner of Snow King and Glenwood.
I designed the landscaping for my house to provide shelter and browse for the elk, deer, and moose that migrate through, and winter in, my subdivision.
I drive a 1995 Subaru Legacy wagon with 225,000 miles on the odometer because I hate the idea of waste.
During my time in Jackson Hole, I’ve been involved in the founding of several local non-profits, including Silicon Couloir, the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, the St. John’s Hospital Foundation, and 1% for the Tetons.
In its first ten years, my 1% for the Tetons effort has made over $800,000 in grants to nearly 100 cutting-edge conservation projects in the Tetons region. These grants include Vertical Harvest’s initial grant, funding the copper bullet project that eventually led to the elimination of lead ammunition use in Grand Teton National Park, and the first funding for the Teton Raptor wonderfully-named Poo Poo Project.