Miho Aida

Miho is an intersectional environmental educator, activist, scientist, filmmaker, and outdoor athlete who has been advocating for both the protection of our most vulnerable people and the planet for more than a decade. Born and raised in Tokyo and having lived her adult life in the US, Miho brings her lived experiences and practices from the East and the West to the work of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in the outdoors. Her approach is rooted in cultivating self-care, love and awareness that is fundamental for both personal and collective transformation toward a more just society. Miho’s day job with NatureBridge as the Equity and Inclusion Manager/Educator allows her to catalyze a systemic change for NatureBridge to become a more equitable organization.

 

Miho is a Liv Cycling supported cyclist and a backpacking/climbing guide for the Women of Color Wilderness Retreat in Yosemite with the Balanced Rock and formerly with NOLS. She is also a member of Diversify Outdoors and its Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge steering committee.

Kirk Richardson

Kirk is a passionate environmental activist, a leader in corporate social responsibility in the outdoor industry, and a longtime executive. After more than 25 years at Nike, Kirk joined KEEN as the company’s CEO in 2006 and pushed the then-young company into a respected place in the highly competitive world of outdoor footwear. After serving as general manager at Columbia Sportswear footwear, interim president of Columbia subsidiary Mountain Hardwear, and business development director at Montrail, Richardson returned to KEEN to serve as their sustainability director. In 2016, he was instrumental in KEEN’s “Live Monumental” campaign. Kirk has provided management advisory services to Metolius Products and KEEN Footwear, and has served on the boards of The Conservation Alliance and the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

Jessica Turner

Jessica (Wahl) Turner is the Executive Director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), America’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations.  Ms. Wahl has a decade of experience navigating the halls of The White House, Department of the Interior (DOI), Capitol Hill, state recreation offices and outdoor lifestyle businesses.  Prior to ORR, Ms. Wahl directed Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) outdoor recreation portfolio in Washington D.C. where she successfully gained landmark government recognition of outdoor recreation’s contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product. In 2018, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that outdoor recreation makes up 2.2% of the nation’s GDP and is one of America’s leading industry sectors.

 

Ms. Wahl is also the co-founder and past-chair of the Coalition for Outdoor Access working to reform outfitter and guide permitting systems within federal land agencies, an effort designed to help more Americans gain access to the outdoors. Before OIA, she worked at DOI in the Office of the Interior Secretary where she managed First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside and Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiatives.  She has received a Master of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University.  She is an avid outdoorswoman who loves kayaking, climbing, hiking and running.

Cailin O'Brien-Feeney

Cailin O’Brien-Feeney is the Director of Oregon’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, coordinating the state’s outdoor recreation policy across agencies, between public and private sectors, and in cooperation with organizations that have a vested interest in seeing Oregon’s outdoor recreation reach its fullest potential in every corner of the state.

 

Cailin has worked in the recreation field for 15+ years, including stints with the U.S. Forest Service and as a river guide in Idaho, and has been the State and Local Policy Manager for the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). The OIA is a national trade group, and under his leadership, O’Brien-Feeney worked with governors, legislators, and agencies across the country to improve access to outdoor recreation opportunities, encourage strategies that increase economic benefits, and promoted establishment of Offices of Outdoor Recreation in other states.

Tyrhee Moore

Tyrhee Moore is a mountaineer and outdoor education advocate born and raised in S.E. Washington, D.C. Moore is a highly regarded outdoorsman whose climbs include Grand Teton, Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and the first all African-American climb of Denali. Following his second ascent of Denali in May 2017, Moore has garnered National attention for his unnerving bravery and bold leadership as a champion for increasing interest and advocacy amongst black youth in outdoor spaces. His advocacy includes appearances on The Weather Channel, Food Network, The North Face campaigns and as a cast member of the award-winning documentary An American Ascent. Moore’s experiences in the outdoors started when he was only eleven years old. As a graduate from West Virginia University with a degree in Sport Management, Moore now encourages diversity in the outdoors and speaks around the country on topics regarding the adventure gap and conservation leadership. Tyrhee is passionate about sharing his experience and aspires to use his experience outside to inspire the next generation to rediscover the power of the world’s wildest and most uninhabited places.

In November 2018, Tyrhee founded Soul Trak Outdoors, a non-profit organization that is connecting urban communities of color to our planet’s green spaces. Soul Trak serves a wide age range of under engaged groups from urban youth, collegiate members and professional level urban residents in many outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, paddling, biking, and many others. Through Soul Trak’s programming, we work on developing leadership, community enhancement, outdoor advocacy, and outdoor exposure.

In addition to his career and volunteer work, Tyrhee thoroughly enjoys time outside on trails runs with his dog, quality time with friends and family, and mentoring young leaders in his community. Tyrhee is committed to increasing outdoor access and opportunities to underrepresented communities to stimulate new learning, growth, and appreciation for our planet.

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