Jesse Chakrin is the director of the UC Merced Wilderness Education Center. He also partners in the direction of the Yosemite Leadership Program and assists with the Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship. Through his work on campus, Jesse provides a direct link between the Park and UC Merced as well as on-site liaison for grants, agreements, and research. He works collaboratively, on both regional and national initiatives, to provide opportunities in natural spaces for underserved and underrepresented communities.
Jesse began his Park Service career in 1999 at Denali National Park working as a Wilderness Ranger. In 2004, he moved to Yosemite National Park to continue his development as a Wilderness Ranger. In 2007, Jesse became the first Director of the UC Merced Wilderness Education Center and has been working since then on supporting the growth and development of partnership-based programming.
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