Jason Marsden has served as executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation since July 1, 2009. He served as field director for the Wyoming Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in 1994 before starting a seven-year career as a Casper Star-Tribune reporter, covering government, the environment, the energy industry and the state’s congressional delegation both from Casper and later from Washington, D.C. During the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a personal friend, Jason came out publicly in the newspaper’s pages and spoke frequently to journalism conferences and schools nationwide about coverage of hate crimes in local communities. In 2001, he became the founding executive director of Wyoming Conservation Voters and the WCV Education Fund, a political and lobbying organization for wildlife and environmental conservation. He is a former member of the boards of directors of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, the Wyoming Wilderness Association and the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club, and continues to serve on the board of the Equality State Policy Center. Jason and his husband live in Denver, Colorado.