2018 Membership Votes: New Board Slate and Bylaw Changes

Our slate of nine board members this year includes six new board members and three returning for a second three-year term. This slate has been approved by the board. Our board is also proposing an update to the bylaws. Past President support for this change, as required by our current bylaws, has been granted. Please vote on the board member slate and the bylaw change below.


Jennifer Bruursema

Jen has spent two decades chasing rock dreams. She ran a climbing gym near Washington, DC, and is now based in San Francisco, climbing in all disciplines and all places, among her favorites are the great stone meccas of the Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne, Red Rock, Smith, Devils Tower, Black Hills, Wild Iris, RMNP, Hueco, New River Gorge and the Gunks.  Since moving to northern California, she has honed her mountaineering skills at Shasta and Whitney, backcountry ski toured in Tahoe, and logged tool time and miles on ice and mixed routes in Hyalite, Cody and Lee Vining.

Jen is Head of Corporate Marketing at Metabiota, and is a Board Member and Stewardship Director at the Bay Area Climbers Coalition, overseeing the fixed anchor replacement team and stewards work with land managers to improve climbing access, trail conservation and graffiti removal for crags, including Mt. Diablo, Castle Rock and Indian Rock. She also serves on the AAC Target Markets Membership Subcommittee.


Peter Ward

Peter has woven climbing, its values, history, culture and global community into his life and career.

 He began his climbing journey as a rescue ranger at the Gunks in New Paltz, NY and continued across the US, from Central Park to Seattle when producing bouldering competitions with the specific aim of communicating climbing and what makes it brilliant to an urban audience. More recently, he has been living and climbing in Switzerland and Oxford, England where the limestone is proud and so is the history on grit.

 Peter is a career-long entrepreneur, working currently on blockchain and machine learning technologies. He splits his time between Brooklyn, New York and Northampton, MA, and is always ready to test out unexplored terrain.


Miriam Nelson

Mim Nelson grew up in Pennsylvania and Vermont and learned to hike and ski in the Green Mountains. Today, her home cliffs are at Cathedral Ledge, North Conway. She splits her time between Conway, NH and Chamonix, France.

Mim is the director of the Sustainability Institute and deputy chief Sustainability Officer at the University of New Hampshire. She has served on numerous public policy advisory boards for the US Government, most recently spearheading influential work on food sustainability. Based on her innovative research, Mim has written ten books, among them five New York Times best sellers, including Strong Women Stay Young.


John Bird

John’s love of the outdoors began when his parents embraced the goal of climbing all the 4,000’ peaks in New England. He finds joy in mountain travel in most all forms of footgear from trail runners to ski boots to sticky rubber shoes. From his Salt Lake City home he enjoys the Wasatch as frequently as possible. He has climbed across the United States and in Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.   

John works as President and co-founder of Albion Financial Group, an investment advisory firm he in Alta, Utah. He is a member of the board of trustees of Rowland Hall School.


Graham Zimmerman

Graham Graham is an award winning professional climbing athlete, and has opened internationally significant alpine routes all over the world including the Karakoram, Andes and Alaska Range. He is a producer and director with Bedrock Film Works. He specializes in creative development, complex logistics and the integration of film and other content into marketing strategy.

By combining his talents as an alpine climbing athlete and content creator Graham is able to develop compelling, relevant and authentic content both as an individual and as part of a team.


Greg Thomsen

Greg, who has spent most of his life in the outdoor industry, is currently the Managing Director of Adidas Outdoors in the USA. After starting out his career as a climbing guide, he then moved into product design with the co-founding of Wilderness Experience, Inc. Greg took over as CEO leading the company to become the first outdoor company to go public. Over the years Greg has been a serial entrepreneur in the specialty outdoor business with startup factories in Asia, the founding of Design and Sourcing service companies, and the development and sale of specialized outdoor brands.

Greg lives in Southern California with his wife Allison. They are avid adventure travelers and when not on the road, spend many weekends hiking in the local coastal mountains.


Chas Fisher: For Second Term

While born below sea level, Chas had the fortune to be raised in Colorado, where his lifelong passion for the mountains started at a young age. He learned to climb as a middle school student on the flatirons of Boulder, and he's not stopped climbing since. He interrupted his university studies to work for NOLS for a number of years. He climbed for the U.S. team in the 1986 U.S.-Czechoslovakian Climbing Exchange organized by the American Alpine Club. Chas went on to found Bolder Holds /Straight Up, a pioneering American indoor climbing company.

He has since worked with some of the best-known brands in the outdoor industry, including Trango, Grivel, La Sportiva, and Nikwax. He is currently VP of Sales for Cascade Designs, in Seattle, WA. Chas lives with his wife, Lisa, and two children in Seattle.

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Mark Butler: For Second Term

Mark began climbing when he first started working as a Wilderness Ranger at Yosemite National Park nearly 40 years ago. Over this time, Mark has climbed and explored local crags, big walls, remote peaks, and adventured in alpine zones throughout the US west, Alaska, Canada and Nepal. A 37-year veteran of the National Park Service, he recently served as the Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park.

Throughout his career he has been dedicated to helping visitors to National Parks discover the wonders of wild places. Butler received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Soil and Water Science and Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Mark is currently the Owner/President of an environment consulting firm.


Lauren Sigman: For second Term

Lauren Sigman has over 35 years of experience in personal financial planning, divorce planning, finance and real estate. An avid skier and rock climber, Lauren's passion for the outdoors drew her to Colorado in the early '90s. Lauren learned to climb in New Hampshire at age 14 on the granite slabs of North Conway, notably Cannon Cliffs, Cathedral Ledge, and Whitehorse.

Before moving to Colorado in 1991, Lauren also climbed in the Gunks, a much beloved respite while spending 12 years in the financial industry in New York City. She was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co., a financial analyst with J.W. O'Connor & Co., and Vice President of Finance for Silverstein Properties, a Forbes 400 commercial real estate developer in New York City, where she was responsible for arranging over $1 billion in financing.

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