Luther Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until December 2012. He has worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC, and practiced law, where he represented local governments, landowners, and organizations nationwide in land-use matters. He has co-authored three books, including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. He is currently the chair of the Outdoor Alliance, and serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation, the Conservation Lands Foundation, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Carpe Diem West, and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University. Propst is recognized as a leading practitioner in the North American West of community-based, collaborative, and innovative efforts to advance conservation and to ground conservation in an understanding of economic values and implications.
Luther will moderate the panel discussion on the North American Model for Recreation and Conservation at the SHIFT Summit, and lead the Lunch Discourse on the Public Land Transfer, both on Thursday, Oct. 7.