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Aimee Roberson

Aimee became the RGJV Coordinator in June 2016. Aimee came to the RGJV from the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, where she served as the Science Coordinator in Tucson, Arizona, from October 2012 through May 2016. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services division for 12 years in Texas, New Mexico, and Minnesota, focusing on collaborative conservation of birds, fish, and grassland, riparian, and aquatic habitats. Aimee enjoys working with a wide variety of conservation partners and private landowners in the U.S. and Mexico, building partnerships and engaging new partners, fostering effective linkages between conservation planning and design, implementation, and science and monitoring, as well as structured decision making. She earned a B.A. in geology from Macalester College and an M.S. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota, where she researched Northern goshawks. Aimee also enjoys cooking, yoga, photography, hiking, bird watching, and snorkeling.

Jesús Franco  

Jesús became the first RGJV Assistant Coordinator in August, 2012. Jesús brings diverse experience to the partnership in priority species conservation, binational partnership development and project facilitation, and community conservation outreach. Born and raised in Durango, he graduated from Antonio Narro Agricultural University in Saltillo before completing his MS in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University Kingsville. Jesús has worked for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 13 years in diverse positions including Urban Wildlife Biologist, Borderlands Project Coordinator, and Wildlife Diversity Biologist. He is well known in south Texas and in Mexico for his work with NGO and governmental partners.

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