The Telluride Foundation Announces Leadership Change Jason Corzine Will Lead the Foundation as New CEO

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  • On January 6, 2022

TELLURIDE, Colo. (January 5, 2022) – Over a year ago, Paul Major, the Foundation’s President and CEO, announced at the December 2019 board meeting, that after 20 years of leadership, he would step down.  What followed was a year-long national search for his replacement lead by a committee of the board and input from the community and donors. Today, the Telluride Foundation Board Chair, Anne Slaughter Andrew announced that Jason Corzine will be joining the Telluride Foundation as the new President and CEO.

Corzine will lead the 21 year old Telluride Foundation with a $7M+ annual budget, 7 FTE staff and several contractors and multiple initiatives and grantmaking and capacity building programs. He comes to the Foundation with 25 years of experience leading high-impact organizations, including the National Park Foundation and The Trust for Public Land. Corzine is currently the Vice President of the National Park Foundation where he is responsible for the direction of the Resource Management Program and day to day management of key relationships to support all aspects of the organization, particularly national programs focused on Climate Resiliency, History/Culture, Partner Engagement, Government Affairs, and Resiliency/Sustainability on behalf of the National Park Service. Previous to that, he served as the Community Futures and Southwest Director for The Trust for Public Land from 2000 to 2018.  Corzine has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio). Corzine brings deep experience working in rural communities within the intermountain west including Telluride and the surrounding region.  According to Corzine, “I have learned that relationships are the engines of change. Bringing together business and landowners, agency partners, elected officials, and community leaders, I prioritize the coalitions and networks that will advance the Foundation’s impact areas in meaningful ways.”  He also brings a successful history of fundraising, increasing philanthropic revenue for community driven programs during his career at The Trust for Public Land and securing transformative  philanthropic gifts for the National Park Foundation to preserve our nation’s iconic landscapes and historic and cultural sites.

Board Chair Anne Slaughter Andrew adds: “Jason has had an outstanding career that has given him the experiences and skills to step forward and to lead the Telluride Foundation forward as we embark on a new decade in our history. On behalf of the Board, we offer our enthusiastic welcome to Jason and his family.”

Corzine is in the process of completing his tenure at the National Park Foundation and starting the transition to Telluride where he will begin his new job at the Foundation on February 1st. Major, who has remained as CEO over the past year, will continue in his current position until on-boarding of the new CEO is complete.

The Telluride Foundation is committed to enriching the quality of life of the residents, workforce, and visitors of the Telluride region. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that makes grants and runs programs in arts, education, health and human services, community development, and social enterprises. The Foundation strives to achieve excellence for the community through its mission and core values of inclusion, self-reliance, and innovation. The Foundation’s work is funded through the generous support of hundreds of donors as well as grants from state and national foundations. Please visit www.telluridefoundation.org.