Jess Peterson

Custer, MT

Jess Peterson is the President of Western Skies Strategies (WSS).  WSS specializes in association management, federal advocacy, and rural outreach.  As a 5th generation rancher and Montana native, Jess is familiar with the concerns of rural America.  For the past 10 years Jess has successfully represented the interests of thousands of Americans on Capitol Hill and inside the Administration.

Jess and his wife Laura manage a cow-calf operation near Custer, Montana.  Playing an active role in the management of a ranching operation keeps him aware of the needs and importance of American agriculture and strong rural communities.  Jess is an alumnus of Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana, and of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Jess has been recognized by Cattle Business Weekly’s Top 10 industry leaders Under 40; the Livestock Market Digest’s 25 individuals that is making a difference for the American livestock industry; and Washingtonian Magazine’s 40 under 40 “K Street’s New Generation of Lobbyists.” Jess has been featured in stories covered by CNN, Fox News, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.