Speaker Details: Tanner Yess

Tanner Yess

Green Corps Co-Founder, Mill Creek Alliance


Tanner was raised by scientists, and grew up paddling, pedaling, and planting trees. Whether on the trail or in the lab, he learned how to hustle in settings that lacked diverse representation. After earning a degree in ecology, he worked on a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. His Peace Corps service involved resource management and eco-tourism. During graduate school, Tanner helped form Greater Cincinnati’s Tri-State Trails Coalition. He is a National Park Service Mountains Ambassador; SHIFT Emerging Leader; and recipient of the 2018 Murie Center Rising Leader Award. As part of Mill Creek Alliance he builds programs that connect communities to nature through recreation, science, and jobs. Yess’ passion is creating new pathways for urban youth to access green careers.