Jim Magagna has served as Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association since 1998. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments and Office of Federal Land Policy. During that time he was also the Chairman of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Jim is a native of Rock Springs, WY, and a lifelong sheep rancher in southwestern Wyoming. His ranching operation included several grazing allotments on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Among other offices, he has served as President of the American Sheep Industry Association and President of the National Public Lands Council. Jim has represented agriculture on numerous national, state and local councils and advisory boards. From 2014-2018 Jim served as a grazing representative on the USFS FACA Committee on the 2012 Planning Rule and co-chaired the committee in 2017-18.
Jim currently serves on the UW College of Agriculture Advisory Board and previously served on the Advisory board for the Haub School at UW. Jim also served for nine years on the Board of the Wyoming Community Foundation.
In 2008 Jim was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Pacesetter Award and was recognized in 2007 by Gamma Sigma Delta as the Outstanding Agriculturalist.
Jim Magagna is a graduate of Rock Springs High School. He holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from Stanford Law School. In 2021 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Wyoming.