The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to announce that Soren Nelson and Wesley Womack have joined the State Program Team this week. Soren joins CSF as a Western States Coordinator, co-managing sportsmen’s issues with CSF’s Western States Director in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Wesley will serve as a Midwestern Coordinator where he will work alongside CSF’s Midwestern States Director on sportsmen’s issues in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Both will work closely with state caucuses under the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) as well as the members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) in their respective regions to promote and advance pro-sportsmen’s policies.
Prior to joining CSF, Soren was a Meeting Facilitator for a firm in Northern California where he worked closely with state and federal agencies to address complex conservation issues. Most recently, he served as a Political Advertising Coordinator for numerous national campaigns in Washington, DC. Soren holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, San Diego. A native of Redding, California, he is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys hunting, skiing, and camping with his family.
Wesley joins CSF after graduating from Oklahoma State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics and a Minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management. While attending OSU, Wesley worked as a Biologist Aid for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and served on the Oklahoma State Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation from 2012 to 2016. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Wesley enjoys, hunting, fishing, camping, and shotgun sports.
“We look forward to the States Program Team continuing to build and grow,” noted CSF President Jeff Crane. “Soren and Wesley are great additions to our team, and to advancing the CSF mission.”
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