Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden

Senior Policy Analyst

Program/Department: Western Lands

Office Location: New Mexico

Area of Focus

Jonathan develops and advocates for policies, model legislation and other mechanisms that protect New Mexico’s lands and rivers. His work aims to permanently protect and connect our landscapes so that they support thriving wildlife populations, robust local outdoor economies, and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty.


Jonathan joined WRA in August 2021. Prior to WRA, he served as the Land Use Program Manager for the Santa Fe National Forest, where he developed proposals to acquire land for incorporation into the National Forest system, managed relations with private landowners, and oversaw permitting for “special uses” ranging from commercial filming, outfitting, and guiding to energy infrastructure and ski area improvements. Prior to his service with the US Forest Service, Jonathan held a number of local government positions in Colorado, and performed BP oil spill relief work as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Mississippi Center for Justice.


JD and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado; BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

Favorite thing about the West

The inspiration that flows from the breathtaking beauty, scale, and fragility of our natural landscapes.

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