Founder and President
Chris is responsible for all operational activities for POW, overseeing the strategic growth of the organization as well as fundraising and corporate partnerships. For the past 15 years, Chris worked for large west coast advertising agencies and was most recently the VP, Marketing for Teton Gravity Research.
A native of northern Michigan, Barbara has had a passion for sliding on snow since a young age. This passion eventually led her to the mountains of Colorado after college, where she most recently worked in marketing for Ski.com for nearly four years before joining the Protect Our Winters team. She’s beyond psyched to be working for POW, where she’s able to help ensure future generations enjoy the beautiful places and climates she was so fortunate to grow up in.
Conrad Anker is a legend in the climbing and mountaineering community, where he is renowned for tackling challenging routes throughout the Americas, Himalayas and Antarctica, including multiple first ascents. He is the leader of The North Face climbing team. Conrad lives in Bozeman, Mont., and sits on the board of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. Conrad is also vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.
Winston Binch is partner and chief digital officer at Deutsch LA, where he’s responsible for agency-wide digital strategy and vision, operations, and business and invention development. Prior to Deutsch, Winston worked at CP+B as Partner/Managing Director, Interactive, where he led digital strategy, operations, and agency business development, where his efforts helped the agency win Interactive Agency of the Year at Cannes three times over a five-year span. Winston’s work has been recognized by international award shows and publications such as Cannes Cyber Lions, Andys, One Show, Clios, London International Awards, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, AdAge, Adweek, Creativity, Travel + Leisure, Ski Magazine, and Communication Arts.
Olympic Silver Medalist, Four-time X-Games Champion and co-founder of Nice Reusables/ALEX Bottle
Gretchen Bleiler is one of the most accomplished female snowboarders in the world. As a top to her incredible list of medals and contest wins, Gretchen won the silver medal in Women’s Halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy and set a Guinness World Record at the 2010 Winter X Games for “Most Winter X Games Gold in Women’s Superpipe Finals” (4). In early 2010, Gretchen returned to compete in her 2nd Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, holding one of the four female spots on the US Olympic Snowboard Team. Gretchen was also chosen as one of “10 Women to Watch in 2010″. August 2010 marked a new phase in her entrepreneurial exploration. Together with her husband Chris, Gretchen debuted her reusable/sustainable products company, Nice Reusables/ALEX Bottle: www.alexbottle.com.
President, Burton Snowboards
Donna Carpenter and her husband Jake Burton Carpenter are the sole owners of Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company. Since 1982, Donna has held a multitude of roles at Burton. During the past three decades, she has built snowboards, answered phones, expanded Burton’s market to Europe, including living in Austria for four years, and held the CFO position. Today, Donna is the President of Burton, assuming leadership of the company’s global human resources and overseeing the company’s global sustainability efforts in order to improve Burton’s social and environmental impact. This work includes strengthening social responsibility in the supply chain, creating sustainable solutions to product design, improving product packaging sustainability and expanding the company’s waste and energy reduction strategy. In doing so, Donna is helping to make snowboarding sustainable well into the future. Sustainability is a part of Burton’s culture, and the company also takes climate change and clean energy action personally. In addition, Donna serves on the ESPNW Advisory Board, and heads up the Chill Foundation. Donna also spends as much time as possible with her three sons and Jake, and she is an accomplished backcountry snowboarder with over 30 years of riding experience.
Chris Davenport, of Aspen, Colorado, is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many skiing achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. A two-time World Champion, he has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC Sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is also the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.
Ryan Gellert is General Manager of Patagonia Europe. Ryan holds a BSBA in finance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. Ryan also holds a Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Gellert is an avid backcountry snowboarder and an active climber for over 15 years, having climbed in Asia, Europe, North America, Australia the Middle East and South Africa.
Executive Director, David Rockefeller Fund
Lukas is Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund but he left part of his heart in the ski instructor locker room at Park City, Utah (1989-90). He is the proud parent of an expert child skier and lives with his wife in Montclair, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Climate and Security and the Climate and Energy Funders Group. He was previously board chair of the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute and Independent Diplomat, which helps small, island nations deal with the existential threat of climate change. Lukas spent the past eight years as vice president at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, where he proudly co-funded the People’s Climate March, and served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department from 2000-01. He has co-authored articles on climate change with fellow POW Board member, Auden Schendler, and written on numerous policy issues during his work for the MacArthur Foundation and Oxfam.
Joani Lynch is a 20-year veteran in the winter sports industry. In her current role as director of communications for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Joani is responsible for developing and implementing integrated marketing initiatives for the resort and oversees all communication efforts on behalf of Mammoth Mountain and its ancillary businesses, including public relations, social media, advertising, creative services and corporate sponsorship. Fans of Mammoth Mountain may also recognize Joani as the resort’s spokesperson, appearing regularly on KTLA, the Weather Channel and elsewhere. Joani also sits on the board of directors for the Friends of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.
Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker, he has traveled on assignment to over 70 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Audubon, Stern, GEO and companies like Patagonia, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy and more.
After a decade working abroad and completely a journalism fellowship at Stanford, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over four years documenting his backyard river — the Colorado. This journey culminated in a coffee table book: “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict”, and a series of short films “Chasing Water”, “I AM RED” and “Delta Dawn”. He now focuses his lenses and energies on watershed issues and related stories around the world to raise awareness about freshwater challenges.
His work as a photographer and filmmaker have garnered awards from Pictures of the Year International to the Banff Mountain Film Festival and many more. American Photo Magazine named Pete as one of the top five water photographers in the nation and in 2014 after completing a story following the length of India’s Ganges River, The National Geographic Society named McBride a “freshwater hero”.
When not lost on assignment or doing public speaking, you can find McBride exploring the creeks and mountains in the Rocky Mountains, or practicing mandolin on his back porch in Basalt, Colorado. You can see samples of Pete’s work at: www.petemcbride.com.
Jamie McJunkin is a founder and general partner at Madrone Capital Partners, a private investment firm that invests on behalf of members of the Walton Family. Jamie leads Madrone’s efforts in sustainability and alternative energy, and is currently an active investor or board member at Achates Power, Bloom Energy, eHarmony, Enphase, Strava, Sunrun, and Wasserman Media Group. He is a member of the advisory board of several investment management firms, including Rockport Capital Partners and The Global Environment Fund. An avid pilot, Jamie also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. Jamie earned an A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Truckee, CA and is a passionate cyclist and skier.
Owner, Backbone Media
A Midwestern boy who bounced in and out of the country as a youth, Penn left his Wall Street job as a municipal bond trader in 1989 to relocate to Colorado. The renaissance ski bum lifestyle – making snow, race crew and a raft/climbing guide – led to a job as the Advertising Director at Climbing Magazine in 1992. Penn founded Backbone Media, an agency specializing in social media, public relations and media planning in 1997, and recently co-authored 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America with Chris Davenport and Art Burrows. Penn lives in Basalt, CO in a log cabin with his wife Kirsten and four tow-head kids, and serves on the North American Advisory Team for POC and is an Ambassador for 1% for the Planet.
Dr. Anne Nolin is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University where she heads the Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group. Her research interests focus on snow and ice in the climate system, particularly with regard to water resources. She has published articles on “at risk” snow in the Pacific Northwest, glacier melt contributions to rivers from Oregon to the Andes, and new ways of mapping snow and glaciers from space. She received her Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1993 and from 1993-2002 she worked as a research scientist at the University of Colorado, spending several field seasons on the Greenland ice sheet. She is a member of the NASA Science Team for the MISR and teaches courses in snow hydrology, climatology, and satellite remote sensing.
Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Naomi Oreskes is an internationally renowned historian of science and author. Her research focuses on consensus and dissent in science: How do scientists decide when a fact is “established?” How do they judge how much evidence is sufficient to deem something scientifically demonstrated? And what happens when scientists can’t agree? Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686) has been widely cited in the mass media throughout the world, including in the Royal Society’s publication, “A Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Change,” in the Academy-award winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan’s novel, Solar. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Nature, Science, The New Statesman, and elsewhere. Her latest work, Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming, with co-author Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and has recently been released in paperback.
Vice President, Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company
Previously a research associate in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute, Auden has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, freelance writer, and Forest Service goose nest island builder. An avid outdoorsman, Auden has climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Scientific American and Salon.com, among other places, and his work has been covered in Businessweek, Fast Company, Travel and Leisure, Outside, and other media. Auden was named a global warming innovator by TIME magazine in 2006 and in 2007 he testified to Congress on the impact of climate change on public lands. He lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias.