Martin LeBlanc is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs at IslandWood. As a teenager, Martin’s own life was turned around through an outdoor experience. A founding Board Member of the Children and Nature Network, Martin is inspired by the vision of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. For 10 years Martin was with the Sierra Club as the National Youth Director. Martin has established non-traditional alliances with the military, educational groups, and health organizations. He was instrumental in establishing the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest of expanding opportunities to get kids and families outside. Martin has given over fifty keynote talks on the issue of children and nature across North America and Australia. A Seattle native, Martin earned his BA in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Environment, Culture, and Society from Lancaster University in England. Martin lives with his wife Mandy and young daughter Amelie in Seattle. At every available opportunity, the family spends time outside throughout the Pacific Northwest.