KYLE MACDONALD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
Mr. Macdonald is most known for his work as founder of Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT). His experience in the outdoors began as a youth, on family camping and ski trips in the Northeastern United States. This experience brought him to work in 1993 with the Appalachian Mountain Club where he worked for five seasons, maintaining backcountry facilities and leading groups of youth and adults in Maine and New Hampshire. He has worked in education as a classroom teacher in New Orleans and with urban youth in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and Oakland.
While at BAWT, he was recognized by Stanford University’s School of Education for valuable contributions and outstanding service to the education of low-income children and youth. Additionally, BAWT was recognized by the West Region Association for Experiential Education (AEE) for exemplary program work within the field and nominated by the Outdoor Retail Industry for an industry award in the non-profit category. Mr. Macdonald was nominated in 2013 as a White House Champion of Change- The Next Generations of Conservation Leaders.
Mr. Macdonald works regionally, with the Bay Area Children and Nature Collaborative, nationally, supporting the The Children and Nature Network, and internationally, as an advisor to Global Trails Alliance. He lives in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood with his wife and two children, where he particularly loves exploring San Francisco’s McLaren Park.
Board of Directors
Craig Bentley Vice President, Bates Communications, (Boston)
Connor Folley Senior Marketing Director, Flywheel Digital (Seattle)
Chris Gubera President, Adventure Medical Kits (San Francisco Bay Area/New Hampshire)
Kyle Macdonald (Ex-Officio) Founder and CEO (San Francisco)
Jessica Parsons Director, Youth Opportunities Program, Appalachian Mountain Club (Boston)
Alison Paul Youth Conservation Action Manager, The Field Museum (Chicago)
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin Principal, The Avarna Group (Bozeman)
Chair Emeriti: Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro; Jamie Morris, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Susan Alexander Principal, Susan Alexander Communications
Kenny Ballard Chief Operating Officer, Osprey Packs
George Chevalier Marketing Manager, Princeton Tec
Dan Chu Senior Director, Our Wild America Campaign, The Sierra Club
Adam Croan Head of Global Omnichannel Marketing, CBU, Wacom
Neil Grimmer CEO & Co-Founder, Plum Inc.
Sue Harvey-Brown Marketing Manager, Patagonia Footwear/Wolverine World Wide
Juan Martinez Director of Leadership Development, The Children and Nature Network
Jed Paulson Vice President of Digital Retail, REI
Nina Roberts, PhD San Francisco State University
Don Scott President, GSI
Alexei Tcherepanov RD& D Director, Boreas Gear
Scott Welch Global Corporate Relations Manager, Columbia Sportswear Company
Stefanie Brochu Vice President, Outdoor Learning & Leadership, Appalachian Mountain Club. (Boston)