Teton County Board of County Commissioners

Nikki Gill, 28

Nikki Gill grew up on the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch, an operation started by her great-grandfather Bruce Porter in 1928. She’s a fifth-generation native.

In addition to the ranch, Gill’s family started the Jackson Drug Company, the Teton Theatre, the Log Cabin Bar and the Jackson Hole News. Her grandfather Ralph Gill served as a Teton County commissioner and mayor of Jackson.

Nikki Gill graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s in business administration and a minor in political science.

As a student she interned for U.S. Sen. Michael Enzi in Washington, D.C. Upon finishing her degree she worked at a tech start-up before returning to Jackson Hole in 2012.

She works for her father, Robert Gill, on the ranch, holding the title of sales and marketing manager. Last year she launched a community-supported agriculture program from her family’s ranch, and expanded the ranch’s local beef operation into several restaurants and a butcher shop, she said.

Gill helps manage the commercial real estate of the Gill family holdings and sits on the steering committee for the Astoria Hot Springs Park redevelopment project.

She married Rob Ottaway, part-owner of Cowboy Coffee Co., last August on her family’s ranch.

At 28, Gill is the youngest candidate in the race.

“My generation is the least represented in local government, yet they are some of the most affected by the housing crisis,” she said. “I feel they want someone who has a better understanding of their needs who is also willing to advocate for them.”

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