Madison Shepherd

Madison Shepherd

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations


B.A., Western Colorado University, Economics, 2018
B.A., Western Colorado University, Environment & Sustainability, 2018



I’m a Western 2018 graduate that has returned to the school as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. I’m also pursuing my Master’s in the Outdoor Industry MBA program. Previously, I worked in sales for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, data analysis for Glass Lewis, as a Corps Member for Western Colorado Conversation Corps, and an intern with The Urban Farming Guys. When I’m not in the office, you can find me on bicycles of all kinds training for the next big event.

How did you discover Western?

I am a 2018 graduate of Western. As a Kansas City transplant, I always knew I wanted to go to school in Colorado. I didn’t want the oversized classes that were seen in the front range and a suggestion came to visit the Western campus. After driving through a November white out on Monarch in the dead of night -our first trip over the pass no less- I took one step on campus the next morning and knew this was the place I needed to be.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I had the opportunity to work with The Urban Farming Guys; a non-profit in downtown Kansas City. They demonstrated how a grassroots effort can encourage community growth and kindness, as well as provide local jobs in their hydroponics garden, economic growth, better housing, and local food grown right there in the heart of Kansas City. I’m honored to be part of that effort where I was able to encourage community education and begin developing relationships with potential investors and see grassroot efforts in action.

What most excites you about your field?

The field of environment and the need for the umbrella of sustainability is an apparent need in our world today. The innovations that are coming out is thrilling to watch as well as the bright minds of the next generation that is geared for the movement are things that are definitely worth paying attention to.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

The Gunnison Valley is the hidden gem of Colorado. There’s so much to do from climbing, kayaking, rafting, biking (my personal favorite), hiking….should I go on? You just have to know where to look and be willing to have an adventure. Who else can say that they casually go rafting after they get home from a day in the office?