The Missoula-based Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has a new president and CEO.

Kyle Weaver is joining RMEF after a long career with the National Rifle Association, most recently as the group’s executive director of general operations and an officer.

At the NRA, Weaver oversaw educational, safety and training programs, as well as grassroots fundraising and hunting and conservation programs.

In announcing his selection, RMEF’s Board of Directors said Weaver “brings extensive experience with board relations, volunteer management and fiscal responsibility and oversight, along with program building and implementation.”

He’ll begin work in Missoula on June 30.

“My entire career has been dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting our rights in the outdoors as hunters and conservationists,” Weaver said in a statement released by RMEF. “I am excited and welcome this opportunity. I look forward to using my full energy to serve our donors, members, volunteers, partners and sportsmen and women everywhere in furthering RMEF’s conservation mission.”

“We are excited to have Kyle join us and look forward to his leadership as we build on the success of RMEF,” said Philip Barrett, chairman of the RMEF Board of Directors. “We want to thank DBA Executive Search & Recruitment for leading this extensive nationwide search process that yielded an incredible field of candidates.”

A passionate and avid hunter, Weaver has supported RMEF for well over a decade and is a life member.

The RMEF president and CEO position is currently held by Nancy Holland, who stepped into the role in February from her board position to facilitate the transition to the new leadership.

“I am excited for Kyle and RMEF, he brings a strong business acumen and a commitment to conservation. A powerful combination to move RMEF forward and further establish its leadership role in the conservation community,” said Holland. Upon completion of this transition, Nancy will return to her role on RMEF’s Board of Directors.

Weaver is a graduate of Longwood University in Virginia, where he attended on a collegiate baseball scholarship. He is a founding board member and current chairman of the Fathers in the Field mentoring ministry.

He, wife Ashley and their family are in the process of relocating to Missoula.