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Larry Schoen, MS


Larry Schoen served four terms (2007-2019) as a County Commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, a dynamic and highly engaged rural community, home of Sun Valley. In this role, he worked in over 50 public policy areas–from fiscal to social justice to health care to natural resources–gaining broad subject matter exposure and serving on or working with many individual boards of directors. He remains active in public policy and serves currently on Wood River Water Collaborative and the Idaho National Laboratory’s nuclear waste cleanup Citizens Advisory Board. Past public service roles include Planning & Zoning Commissioner, Rural Fire District Commissioner and Soil Conservation District Supervisor


Larry has significant experience and training in political leadership, organizational leadership, public process, strategic planning, managing change, negotiation, conflict resolution and communications. He has hands-on, high-profile experience and training in crisis management (Ex: Beaver Creek Fire, 2017 flooding) and managing natural resource challenges at various scales including water rights and water law (Ex: conjunctive management), human-wildlife conflict (Ex: Resource Management Plan for Greater Sage Grouse Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Wood River Wolf Project, elk depredation), public lands issues (Ex: Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness), growth and local land use planning, economic and community development, solid waste and recycling, climate resilience (broadly defined) and agriculture-related challenges.

Larry farms actively, raising hay and grain, and has managed soil and riparian habitat rehabilitation projects on his property adjacent to famed Silver Creek Preserve. He has lived abroad and moved to Idaho with a background in network television news. He has an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, New York, and earned his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He attended the Columbia University Business School MBA Program, Oxford University, Saïd Business School Programme on Negotiation and the Center for Conservation Peacebuilding Fundamentals of Conservation Conflict Transformation Workshop.