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Joint Policy Shop

Joint Policy Shop

Outdoor Alliance’s Joint Policy Shop comprises policy chiefs from our ten member groups. The Joint Policy Shop meets weekly to analyze public land policy, discuss strategies for pursuing our outdoor recreation and conservation goals, and share policy insights and resources. The Joint Policy Shop has diverse recreational, regional, and legislative expertise and its collective vision drives all our campaigns and policy work. The Joint Policy Shop is led by Outdoor Alliance’s Policy Director, Louis Geltman, a world-class paddler based in White Salmon, Washington.


Aaron Clark, Government Relations, International Mountain Bicycling Association

Aaron has a wide range of experience working on the ground with human powered trail development, flagging, and repair; leading reforms of state-administered recreation programs and legislative proposals; and lobbying in D.C on conservation and recreation policy and legislation. In his free time, Aaron is an avid cyclist, backcountry skier, and climber and seeks to recreate as often as possible with his wife, Lindsay, and sons, Aden and Axel. Aaron is based in Louisville, Colorado.

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Kevin Colburn, National Stewardship Director, American Whitewater

Kevin Colburn is has been protecting and restoring rivers with American Whitewater since 2001. He holds a B.A. and an M.S. in Environmental Studies, and has been avidly exploring whitewater rivers since 1989. He lives in North Carolina.


Hilary Eisen, Policy Director, Winter Wildlands Alliance

Hilary is an avid backcountry skier and climber with a passion for wild places. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and has worked in public lands management and conservation since 2008. She is based in Bozeman, Montana.


Nathan Fey, Southern Rockies Stewardship Director, American Whitewater

Nathan Fey is the Southern Rockies Stewardship Director at American Whitewater. In this role, Nathan oversees American Whitewater’s Conservation, Access, Safety, and Engagement Programs throughout Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Nathan is based in Colorado.


Katherine Hollis, Conservation and Advocacy Director, The Mountaineers

Katherine directs The Mountaineers’ conservation and advocacy work, envisioning and driving the organization's unique approach to public lands conservation. The Mountaineers conservation advocacy program works to protect the outdoor experience – through advocating, educating and engaging outdoor enthusiasts to protect public lands. Katherine is based in Seattle, Washington.


Taylor Luneau, Policy Manager, American Alpine Club

Taylor is the Policy Manager for the American Alpine Club and holds a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Specializing in land use law and forest management, Taylor advocates for the ability of outdoor recreation to support land conservation goals, revitalize rural economies and inspire future land stewards. He lives in Golden, Colorado.


Julie Mach, Conservation Director, Colorado Mountain Club

Julie joined CMC in 2013 to manage the Conservation Department’s stewardship programs and outdoor recreation advocacy initiatives. Julie represents CMC in the Heart of the Rockies and embraces the incredible recreational resources throughout the state by foot, mountain bike, skis, kayak and horseback, usually with her dog Slider in tow! Julie lives in Salida, Colorado.


Dr. Erik Murdock, Policy Director, Access Fund

Erik Murdock is the Access Fund policy director. Erik works on local and national issues that affect climbing access and conserving climbing landscapes. He represents the climbing community on Capitol Hill in Washington DC where he works with federal lawmakers and land agency administrators on issues such as energy development, environmental protection and public access. Erik has a Masters degree in Geology and a PhD in Natural Resource Management. His experience includes work as a geologist, park ranger, academic, GIS analyst, and now as a climbing advocate for Access Fund. Erik lives in Estes Park, CO just outside Rocky Mountain National Park with his wife, daughter and 2 cats.

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Dr. Thomas O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director, American Whitewater

Thomas is a river ecologist based in Seattle, Washington who serves as the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. He has over 25 years of experience in river conservation and management.


David Page, Director of Advocacy, Winter Wildlands Alliance

David Page is the Director of Advocacy for Winter Wildlands Alliance. Based in the heart of California’s High Sierra Nevada, he is also a senior correspondent for Powder magazine, a national award-winning journalist, and President of Mammoth Lakes Recreation, a nonprofit organization working to enhance recreation opportunities and infrastructure across the region.


Maria Millard Povec, Director of Programs, American Alpine Club

Maria Povec works remotely for the American Alpine Club from the rugged coast of Maine where the mountains meet the sea. She oversees the Club's Policy, Education, Grants and Volunteer Programs, as well as the Library and Publications Department.


Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director, Surfrider Foundation

As Environmental Director, Pete leads Surfrider Foundation's advocacy efforts across the U.S. to protect our ocean, waves and beaches. Based in San Clemente, California, Pete enjoys surfing, hiking, cycling, windsurfing and hanging on the beach with his dog Bailey.