Jeremy Jones, 37, the Founder and Executive Director of POW has been a professional snowboarder for over 15 years and is widely regarded as one of the best big mountain snowboarders in the world. Nine times voted “Best Big Mountain Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine and has starred in over twenty snowboard movies worldwide.
Pacific Palisades, CA
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.
Jennifer McVey has worked in the snow & action sports industry since 1997 and received her MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in 1998. Working for Icelandic company Nikita Clothing brought her awareness to melting glaciers and in 2009 she completed a Certificate in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School.
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.
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.
Director of Marketing & Communications, Surfrider Foundation
Matt is a twenty year veteran of the action sports industry. After starting out in the mid 1980s as a buyer for skate retail giant CCS, Matt spent much of the next decade leading sales and marketing efforts for two of the most prestigious ski areas in the country; Mammoth Mountain in California and Telluride in Colorado. In 2002, Matt made the jump into the world of environmental non-profit by taking up the reigns as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Surfrider Foundation. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in linguistics from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in several magazines including Thrasher, Powder, Transworld Surf, Happy and GOOD Magazine.
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.
Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego
Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, 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.
Director of Sustainable Operations at Grand Targhee Resort
Having worked her way from the mid-west to Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and most recently, Idaho, Christina has ten years of experience working in sustainability-related capacities, four of those in the ski industry. She now heads Grand Targhee Resort’s comprehensive sustainability initiative and is helping to change the culture and awareness at the Resort and the greater Yellowstone region. She has a passion for all things winter, but can be found surfing or climbing during mud season.