Jesse grew up just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Since graduating highschool he has lived in Saratoga Springs, NY; The Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado; and Austin, TX. Outside work Jesse is a passionate skier and hiker.

Jesse Ritner is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental and U.S. History at the University of Texas at Austin.

His work explores themes including the relationship between environment, technology, science, and climate adaptation. His dissertation examines how snowmaking fundamentally changed how the ski industry and the societies surrounding it, including white labor, migrant communities, and Indigenous lands.