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Board of Directors

board of directors

LUTHER PROPST, Board Chair

Luther Propst serves as a county commissioner in Teton County, Wyoming, 97% of which is public lands, including the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.  Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until 2012, where he helped communities around the West protect local resources and better manage growth and change. Propst also serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation and the International Mountain Bicycling Association and has served on the board of many conservation organizations. 

WADE BLACKWOOD 

Wade Blackwood leads the American Canoe Association, a national nonprofit organization that serves the paddling community both within and outside the U.S. Currently, Blackwood sits on the National Park Service’s Advisory Committee for the Captain John Smith Trail and served as an economic development volunteer in Honduras for the Peace Corps.

MICHAEL COLLINS 

Michael is a consultant in Seattle specializing in communications, social responsibility and philanthropy.  He is the former vice president of public affairs for REI. At REI he oversaw corporate communications, government and community affairs and sustainability strategy for the company. Collins has served as a board member and past president of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, the federal advisory committee for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and the advisory committee for the Western Governors' Association "Get Out West!" initiative. 

JOAN MAY

Having served for twelve years as a County Commissioner in San Miguel County, Colorado and ten years as Executive Director of the environmental conservation organization Sheep Mountain Alliance in Telluride, CO, Joan is now a non-profit consultant, empowering citizens to engage in their communities on environmental and social justice issues. As much as possible, she hikes, skis, bikes, boats, and otherwise plays on the public lands that she works hard to protect.

Peter Metcalf

Peter is the founder and long-time CEO/President of Black Diamond Equipment (1989-2015) and is now an advisor and brand advocate for the company. Peter serves as Chairman of the Board of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; as a Director for the Zions Bank Corp, Brooklyn Boulders, Utah’s Mountain Accord, The Conservation Alliance, the American Alpine Club, as well as an advisor to the Executive Directors of several Utah based conservation and environmental NGO’s where he makes the economic case for the integral role well stewarded public lands play in the vibrancy of our American economy.

MARK SINGLETON

Mark is the Executive Director for American Whitewater, the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States connecting the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to restore and protect rivers. Singleton previously led the marketing efforts of Nantahala Outdoor Center as Marketing Vice President and is also a past board member of the Outdoor Industry Association.

Katherine Tsai

Katherine Tsai is a Silicon Valley attorney, where she tries to make it rain with her business and product partners. She currently serves as an Associate General Counsel of Quora, Inc., counseling on corporate, advertising, marketing, privacy, and open source matters. She’s an avid rock climber, hiker, and sourdough baker. Katherine also serves on the board of Sustainable Learning.

Todd Walton

Todd is the Executive Director of Winter Wildlands Alliance and brings 20 years of outdoor industry experience as a global brand communications and marketing leader, business owner, and trade executive for brands that include Outdoor Research, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Snowsports Industries America, and Outdoor Industry Association. Additionally, he has served on the board of numerous conservation, recreation, and tourism nonprofits, notably as president of Washington Trails Association. His passion is backcountry adventure, no matter what season...but winter is best.

Dave Wiens

Dave is the Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, a non-profit whose mission is to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes. A legendary racer, revered local advocate and an inspiring leader in the mountain bike world, Dave Wiens joined IMBA’s Board of Directors in January 2016, was elected Chairman in November 2016, and was hired as IMBA's Executive Director in February 2017.

Chris Winter

Chris is the Executive Director of Access Fund, the national non-profit that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, Access Fund represents millions of climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing. Prior to joining Access Fund, Chris worked as a public interest environmental attorney for almost 20 years protecting our public lands, combatting climate change, and safeguarding clean air and water. He also served for several years as an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.