Peter Metcalf co-founded Black Diamond, Inc. in 1989, became its Chief Executive Officer in 2010, served as its President until 2014, and as its Director from 2010-2015. He co-founded Clarus Corp., and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. He served as the President of Chouinard Equipment Ltd. (inc), a Subsidiary of Lost Arrow Corporation, from 1981 to 1989. Mr. Metcalf serves as Director of Salt Lake City Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He has been a Member of Board of Managers of PIEPS GmbH since 2012. Mr. Metcalf is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a major in Political Science. He holds a Certificate in Management from the Peter Drucker Center of Management.
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 and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. 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.
Bob Ratcliffe: As Division Chief for the National Park Service’s Conservation, Recreation and Community Assistance Programs for the last four years, Bob oversees the widely recognized Recreation, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Trails and National Rivers programs among others. These innovative programs help fulfill the NPS mission in working with partners to extend the benefits of parks, recreation and conservation to communities across the country. Previously, Bob served 24 years for the Bureau of Land Management in a variety of field and national leadership roles including over a dozen years as Deputy Assistant Director for Resources and Planning, and Division Chief for the National Recreation and Visitor Services Program. Mr. Ratcliffe has been successful in working with constituents, coalitions, partners and agency leadership to emphasize rivers, trails, recreation, conservation and community assistance as top priorities for the agencies and the Department. He helped guide the development of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and has helped shape the NPS’ Centennial efforts as well as Department’s strategic priorities for youth engagement and promoting economic and health benefits of outdoor recreation. Currently he serves as the interagency staff Chair of the Federal Recreation Council (formerly FICOR). He is also a member for several of NPS’s strategic leadership teams, guiding efforts to help define future roles for NPS and the Department of Interior in addressing recreation, urban, public engagement challenges and identifying opportunities to support the agency’s relevancy, diversity and inclusion goals.
Dr. David Sabgir is the Founder and Board President of Walk With A Doc. He practices cardiology full-time for the Mount Carmel Health System and serves as their Medical Director for Cardiac Rehabilitation. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. His special areas of interest include Cardiovascular Imaging (CT & MRI), Congestive Heart Failure, General Cardiology, and Valvular Heart Disease. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Kristin and two children, Ally and Charlie.
Brenda Schmidt is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Aligned Value Exchange (AVALx), a mutual membership market exchange that aligns incentives across multiple payers and health plans enabling scaled investment in whole person care interventions, including those with long term return horizons. Brenda is also the CEO of Socialia Group, a consulting and advisory firm working with innovative organizations focused on transforming healthcare to drive value and social impact. She is also the Founder, Executive Chair and Director of Solera Health, which ignites behavior change through a personalized platform to help people holistically manage their health.
Ted Staryk chaired The McKnight Foundation board of directors during the exploration and development of its impact-investing program. He currently serves as the chair of its Mission Investing Committee. In 2006, he and his wife Noa bought Jackson, Wyoming’s Snake River Brewing from its original founders, Albert & Joni Upsher.
Dr. Michael Suk: One of the country’s earliest and leading proponents of the health benefits of nature, Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, is currently System Wide Chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute for the Geisinger Health System and a board trustee for The American Medical Association.
Chosen in 2003 as a White House Fellow with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Dr. Suk, as Special Advisor to former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, co-wrote a law review piece that investigated the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and participating in outdoor activities such as bicycling, hiking, and camping. In 2011, Dr. Suk’s activism in this matter contributed to the National Park Service’s adoption of a number of key values in its Centennial “Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement.”
Florence Williams is a journalist, author, and podcaster. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of two Gracie-Award-winning Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound and The Three-Day Effect, as well as Outside Magazine’s Double-X Factor podcast. Her public speaking includes keynotes at Google, the Smithsonian, the Seattle Zoo, the Aspen Ideas Festival and many other corporate, academic and nonprofit venues.
A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science.