Tony Frank Co-Chair

Tony is the Chancellor of the Colorado State University System, home to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo, and CSU-Global. Prior, during his 10-year tenure as President of CSU, he co-founded the Salazar Center and oversaw the naming of university as the most sustainable campus in the nation. His leadership has also been essential to the development of the CSU complex at the National Western Center in Denver, which will provide a platform for collaboration on issues at the intersection of food, water, and human and animal health.

Lise Aangeenbrug

Lise is a veteran conservationist and the executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association, the trade association with a focus on building thriving businesses, thriving people and a thriving planet. Prior to joining the Association, she served as the executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the executive vice president for the National Park Foundation, and the executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, where she was responsible for the overall management and operation of Colorado’s constitutionally chartered fund that benefits the state’s rivers, trails, parks, and open spaces.

Luis Benitez

Luis is the Vice President for government affairs and global impact at the VF Corporation, a $23 billion holding company that includes some of the outdoor industry’s most iconic brands. Prior, he led Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, during which time the state’s outdoor economy grew from $28 billion to $65 billion. Luis is a former Everest guide, and he currently sits on the advisory board for the Warner College of Natural Resources’ tourism programs at CSU.

Anne Castle

Anne is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, where she focuses on western water policy issues. She served previously as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the US Department of the Interior and had practiced water law for nearly 30 years prior.

Ronda Lee Chapman

Ronda Lee Chapman

Ronda is the The Trust for Public Land’s first Equity Director, and for the last twenty years, she has dedicated her thought leadership to advancing racial equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion principles in various professional and community-centered capacities. She currently sits on the Boards of Directors for the River Network, Groundwork Richmond, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She also holds a position on the National Wildlife Federation’s Women in Conservation Leadership Advisory Council, and is a member of the Green Leadership Trust.

Alex DeGolia

Alex is the Deputy Director of the Catena Foundation, where he manages funding for innovative efforts to decarbonize the economy and to support outdoor recreation economies in the Western US. Alex earned his PhD in environmental politics and policy from UC Santa Barbara, for which he evaluated motivations for different types of individual pro-environmental behaviors and their policy implications. 

Carlos Fernandez

Carlos is the State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. He works closely with the Colorado Chapter’s Board of Trustees as well as partner organizations, agencies, elected officials, and other key decision-makers to advance conservation in Colorado and around the world. Carlos is a native of Argentina and holds law degrees from Mendoza and Georgetown universities. 

Allegra “Happy” Haynes 

Happy is the Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation and a Denver native. She received a degree in Political Science from Columbia University and an MPA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Happy currently serves on several non-profit boards, including the Trust for Public Land, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Jocelyn Hittle

Jocelyn Hittle

Jocelyn is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Spur Campus & Special Projects for the ‎Colorado State University System. She is overseeing the design, construction, and program development of the new Spur campus, which focuses on inspiring life-long learners around topics of food, water, health and sustainability. She worked previously in sustainable and inclusive urban planning and has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale’s Environment School.

Tom Gougeon 

Tom has served as the President of the Gates Family Foundation since 2010, where he oversees investments in public education, natural resources stewardship, and community development throughout Colorado. Tom has served on the boards of numerous land conservation, urban redevelopment, environmental, and historic preservation organizations and is a former chair of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, The Nature Conservancy, the Urban Land Conservancy, and the Denver Water Board.

Jim Kelley

Jim is the founder and Managing Partner of the Colorado Impact Fund, which invests in Colorado-based companies meeting the dual criteria of achievable market rates of return and positive community impact. He is also co-founder and Managing Director of Vestar Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity fund, and he has served on the boards of the Denver Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Blake Naughton

Blake was named Vice President for Engagement and Extension at Colorado State University in 2019 and leads the Office of Engagement and Extension, advancing CSU’s engagement and outreach missions and overseeing CSU Extension, CSU Online, the Colorado Water Center, the Salazar Center, and the Office of Community and Economic Development. He has worked in higher education for two decades and comes to CSU from the University of Missouri, where he provided day-to-day leadership focused on providing high-impact extension and continuing education programming in the areas of agriculture, youth, the economy, and health.

Jim Petterson

Jim is the Colorado & Southwest Region director for The Trust for Public Land, where he works to create parks and protect land for people across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. Prior to joining TPL, Jim spent 17 years at The Nature Conservancy and 10 years working in Washington, D.C. as a communications director and legislative assistant for a senior member of Congress and as a press secretary for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Jim is an avid trail runner and competed in the Leadville 100 in 2012. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two teenagers.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick most recently served as Global CEO of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit organization considered a leader in developing and advocating best practices in sustainable, equitable urban development. Prior to heading ULI, Patrick led economic-planning consultant, heading Economics Research Associates, now part of AECOM. He is the author or co-author of eight books and numerous articles and has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Johns Hopkins University.

Martha Records

Martha is an impact investor and managing partner in Green Spark Ventures, which invests in the areas of conservation, clean energy and regenerative agriculture. She lives in Denver, Colorado where she serves on the boards of Colorado Open Lands and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Martha earned a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth. In her free time she enjoys hiking Colorado’s trails.

George Sparks

George has been the President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science since November 2004. His passion is public policy, particularly around science and education. He is a member of the Colorado Forum and is on the boards of Aspen Academy, Colorado Education Initiative, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver School of Science & Technology, and National Western Stock Show Association.

Tim Stevens

Tim is the Montana Fund Advisor at The Kendeda Fund, which he joined in 2015 after more than two decades of experience in conservation in the Northern Rockies. In his role at The Kendeda Fund, Tim helps Montana-based non-profits work with communities to come together to identify workable solutions to recreation, resource management, and wildlife issues. Prior, he served as the Northern Rockies Regional Director and the Yellowstone Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and as a conservation program manager for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

Dan Stiles

Dan is the Managing Partner of Stiles.Legal and provides counsel to organizations seeking to make a positive human impact, from the global climate change nonprofit founded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust.  Dan serves on the Board of ICLEI USA and as a mentor for entrepreneurs with the Techstars-TNC Sustainability Accelerator. 

Gary Tabor

Gary is an ecologist and wildlife veterinarian based in Bozeman, Montana. In 2007, he founded the Center for Large Landscape Conservation to help people and institutions make better conservation decisions at the scale nature functions and now serves at the Center’s president. Gary has worked on behalf of large landscape conservation for over 35 years, including as the co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Patagonia’s Freedom to Roam wildlife corridor campaign, and the Network for Landscape Conservation.