Kelly Martin is the Chief of Fire and Aviation at Yosemite National Park and has worked with the National Park and the National Forest services for over 30 years. Her focus is on expanding the wise use of fire on the landscape and helping the public understand how implementing landscape fire under prescribed conditions can now help prevent the larger, more destructive fires that occur under extreme conditions.
Rose is the the President and CEO of Patagonia, a 2000-employee outdoor clothing brand dedicated to environmental and social responsibility. After joining Patagonia in 2008, Marcario quickly embarked on transforming the company’s infrastructure to improve its operations and financial performance. In addition to broadening business throughout Europe, Japan and Australia, Marcario has helped Patagonia focus on innovation, and the development of new product groups, processes and technologies. During her time the company has doubled its scale of operations and tripled its profits.
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Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Geography at the University of Kentucky, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impacts participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. More broadly she likes to trouble our theoretical and methodological edges that shape knowledge production and determine whose knowledge counts. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing - she pursed an acting career for eleven years, but a backpacking trip around the world and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, she returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.
Alyssa is the founder and CEO of Hipcamp, an online platform that brings the sharing economy to one of the planet's most plentiful resources—land. Hipcamp partners with private landowners to unlock create to new places for people to camp, increasing to the outdoors while providing sustainable revenue to protect nature. She has a degree from UCLA in Digital Democracy and her deepest passion is helping shape how the internet impacts our humanity and our planet.
As the Founder of African American Nature and Parks Experience, Teresa’s vision is anchored in interacting with outdoor entities (i.e. retailers, NGOs, federal agencies) that are having difficulty engaging diverse audiences within their organization and in outdoor arenas, such as national parks. The African American Nature and Parks Experience network provides communities across the country with opportunities to participate in events that speak to culture, heritage and lifestyle. She parlays this introduction into an experience that dramatically changes perceptions and behaviors relative to the national parks and, by default, fosters the next generation of diverse, informed and loyal park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts. Teresa has worked diligently at event planning, which brings together community, agencies and grassroots organizations. The Buffalo Soldiers trail retracing pilgrimage, from the Presidio of San Francisco into Yosemite national park, the Muir Campfire discussion on Diversity and Relevancy 3-day summit, which resulted in the Diversity and Inclusion in our Wild Spaces, video, currently on tour across the country through the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. And then there’s the annual African American National Parks Event, which has engaged thousands across the country over the past 4 years. Currently working on several collaborations, Teresa continues to find time to spend outdoors, embracing the environment that she so feverishly battles to protect.
Georgina is the founder and CEO of Altitude Seven, an adventure lifestyle media platform that helps a global community of women adventurers and travelers discover the best outdoor and adventure travel products, experiences, stories, and inspiration all in one place. The company’s brand was created for a new generation of outdoor, adventurous, and globetrotting women, with a mission: To Inspire and Equip Women to Live Adventurous, Bold, and Worldly Lives. It is spreading the global message for women to #ChooseAdventure.
Georgina's career spans from leading teams in the corporate world, to founding start-ups, to management consulting at various Fortune 500 companies globally. Her heart lies in adventure and it has led her to scale 6 of the 7 Summits (highest peak on each continent), including Mt. Everest and many other peaks around the world to raise awareness around gender-based violence. She is currently in the process of completing the Explorer Grand Slam.
Jean S. Fraser
Jean S. Fraser brings more than two decades of experience managing complex public agencies to her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Presidio Trust, a position she assumed in September 2016. From 2009 to 2015, Jean was the Chief of the San Mateo County Health System, a $650 million organization with 2,200 employees. While there, she advanced active transportation, access to parks and recreational facilities, and progressive land use decisions to promote healthy and sustainable communities. From 2000 to 2008, she was CEO of the San Francisco Health Plan, a Medi-Cal health plan that developed and managed the Healthy Kids program providing insurance to all uninsured children in San Francisco, as well as the Healthy San Francisco program, a first-in-the-nation health coverage program providing affordable health care to all uninsured San Franciscans. Jean is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, and of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has served on the boards of non-profits working to make Bay Area communities sustainable and equitable including TransForm, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Laura Joss assumed her position as Regional Director of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region in March, 2016. Joss is responsible for overseeing programs and operations for 63 units of the National Park System, along with two affiliated areas, three national trails, and many other associated sites within the states of California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii, parts of Arizona and Montana, as well as the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Previously, Joss worked in various capacities at several parks, and served as superintendent at three, before becoming the associate regional director for resource stewardship and research in the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Office. Most recently, she was Deputy Regional Director/Chief of Staff for the Intermountain Region. Joss and her husband, Skip, have two daughters, Lindsay and Elizabeth.
Agnes hails from the San Fernando and Simi Valleys, however, the mountains of CA have been her favorite home. With an environmental studies degree from UCSB and seeking something more than planning, she stumbled upon the Backcountry Program. The 22 weeks spent that first summer in the Sierra launched her outdoor career working with young people building trails and community. She spends her winters in Mammoth Lakes, CA and summers have been spent mostly in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park, but also the Inyo NF, the Stanislaus NF, and all over CA travelling between CCC Backcountry Crews. Agnes has hiked over 10,000 miles all over the backcountry, she spent 5 seasons with the National Park Service and 8 seasons with the CCC Backcountry Trails Program as a Supervisor and Program Manager. Following her passion, she is a founding member and Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps and believes in the power of the outdoors to provide a transformation experience.
Gale Straub is the founder of She Explores, a podcast and content site for inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and besides. She's motivated to elevate the stories, creative work, and voices of women because she believes that every one has a unique way of seeing and experiencing the outdoors. She Explores will be interviewing guests and speakers to create a podcast from the summit!
Nick Runkle is a producer and creative contributor who specializes in event, photo, and video production. He is passionate about creating experiences and content that serve as a catalyst for positive change. Prior to working in production, he spent two years managing Compass Green, a nonprofit he founded in 2011 that teaches sustainable agriculture, inspires creative solutions to food security issues, and demonstrates an environmentally responsible way of living. He is based in San Francisco.