Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey, President of the Board, is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and student pilot. His first book, the NOLS Wilderness Guide, won the National Outdoor Book Award, and his writing and photography have been featured in many publications throughout the United States. His documentary," A Land Out Of Time," on the gas drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West, won numerous awards and was featured in over 20 film festivals. Mark is also a shellfish farmer and raises oysters and mussels in southern Chile. He has served on various non-profit boards including High Country News, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, The Maki Foundation, and the Public Counsel of the Rockies. A lifelong outdoorsman, Mark has traveled, hiked, climbed and skied extensively throughout the United States and Latin America. Basalt, Colorado.

Mark Harvey
Bert Fingerhut

Bert Fingerhut spent most of his adult life involved in Colorado Plateau public land issues. He retired and resigned from most active board interests in early 2007. At that time he was on the board of The Wilderness Society (previously board chair), Grand Canyon Trust, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (previous board chair), Alaska Conservation Foundation, National Outdoor Leadership School and the Wyss Foundation. Bert, for fun, continues to lead backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon and has spent over 700 nights of his life beneath the rim of Grand Canyon. Bert currently lives in Palo Alto with his wife and daughter. Palo Alto, California.

Bert Fingerhut
Heidi Bintz Friedman

Heidi Bintz Friedman’s family apple farm and ski resort in Michigan enabled her to start skiing at the age of three. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in agricultural economics, she worked at Merrill Lynch as a commodity and stockbroker. Upon moving to the Rocky Mountains, Heidi became co-owner of Kenny’s Double Diamond Ski Shop and founder of the Double Diamond Ski Clinic for women. After selling the business, she went into real estate. Heidi is highly involved in the Vail Valley community and has served on many boards over the years. She is a top agent for Fuller Sotheby's International Realty, located in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Edwards, Colorado.

Heidi Bintz Friedman
Bruce G. Gordon

Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight’s president (ED) and chief pilot, has been actively involved in flying to protect America’s public lands for 30 years. One of the original directors of LightHawk, he founded EcoFLight in 2002. His passion for the outdoors comes from years of climbing in the Himalayas and leading student outdoor educational trips. Bruce is an ATP-commercial pilot with a multi-engine instrument instructor and floatplane rating.  In his varied and extensive flying experience, he has accumulated over 10,000 hours flying in more than ten countries, mostly in bush and mountainous conditions. Passengers on his many environmental flights have included ministers of foreign countries, senators, congressmen, and students of all ages. Bruce has become renowned as an environmental educator and he and EcoFlight have been honored by numerous conservation groups. He is a long time mentor with the Buddy Program, an Aspen Mountain Rescue member and volunteer, and has served on the board of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Conundrum, Colorado.

Bruce G. Gordon
Pete McBride

Pete McBride is an award-winning, self-taught photographer who has worked for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside and many other national and international publications. His love of adventure, cultures and the outdoors has taken him on assignment throughout the world to over 50 countries. Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, Pete is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in English and environmental studies. In 2006, he was awarded a one-year John S. Knight Fellowship for professional journalists at Stanford University. Basalt, Colorado.

Pete McBride
Jean Ringwalt

Jean Ringwalt is a philanthropist interested in the environment and third world countries. Jean is a part owner of a small fair-trade import business from developing countries. She volunteers with Sopris Therapies, a non-profit organization that uses horses to assist people with disabilities. Missouri Heights, Colorado.

Jean Ringwalt
Ronald Sievert

Ronald K. Sievert has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, and operations. In addition to bachelor's and master's degrees, Ron earned his law degree from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law, specializing in tax and finance.  He was the president and co-owner of First Choice Properties & Management, an accountant for a Fortune 500 company, and the chief financial officer for two other companies. Ron was instrumental in the startup of a national organization, and oversaw financial due diligence in the merger and acquisition of two companies.  He has served on the Board of Directors of several businesses and non-profit organizations and was an active participant in a number of charitable activities. San Diego, California.

Ronald Sievert
David G. "Skip" Behrhorst

David G. “Skip” Behrhorst attended Denison University and received an MBA from the University of Denver. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Skip has had a career in the real estate development and management business for over 47 years principally in the Aspen/Snowmass area and in Grand Junction, Colorado. He has been a licensed instrument-rated pilot since 1983 and currently owns a Cessna T210 based in Aspen. Currently, Behrhorst is serving as a Board member of Save the River, a non-profit, member-based environmental organization, whose mission is to preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River, bordering New York and Canada. As an avid outdoors person, he enjoys downhill and cross country skiing, road and mountain biking, backpacking in the mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, and the Utah/Arizona desert including the Grand Canyon. He resides in Aspen with his wife, Donna Fisher, and together they have five children and seven granchildren. Aspen, Colorado.

David G.
Advisory Board: David Bonderman

David Bonderman is a founding partner of Texas Pacific Group. Prior to forming TPG in 1992, Mr. Bonderman was Chief Operating Officer of the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. (RMBG), now doing business as Keystone Group, L.P. in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining RMBG in 1983, Mr. Bonderman was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in corporate, securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. From 1969 to 1970, Mr. Bonderman was a Fellow in Foreign and Comparative Law in conjunction with Harvard University and from 1968 to 1969, he was Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. From 1967 to 1968, Mr. Bonderman was Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.

Mr. Bonderman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1966. He was a member of the Harvard Law Review and a Sheldon Fellow. He is a 1963 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.  Mr. Bonderman currently serves on the boards of The Wilderness Society, the Grand Canyon Trust, the American Himalayan Foundation, Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, CoStar Group, Inc. and Ryanair Holdings, plc, of which he is chairman. Fort Worth, Texas.

Advisory Board: David Bonderman