Western Resource Advocates’ Board of Directors hold an important role in the organization. They are one of our chief assets, providing exemplary leadership that has helped make it possible for us to protect the West’s land, air, and water. Our board members work to further the mission of the organization by leveraging their diverse strengths in areas such as business, fundraising, communications, policy, and more. Board members represent our mission across the region and we are indebted to their commitment and service to our organization. Learn more about each of our board members below.
Moroni Benally is Co-Director of the Utah League of Native American Voters and also works as the Public Policy Director for a non-profit that focuses on empowering Tribes to prevent violence in their communities. As Co-Director of Utah League of Native American Voters, he has worked on assisting and advocating on behalf of tribes on public lands, water, voting rights, and violence prevention. He also served as Director of the Navajo Nation’s Division of Natural Resources where he helped facilitate the Navajo Nation’s involvement in the Bears Ears National Monument and worked extensively on natural resource policy at the tribal, state, and federal levels. Prior to this, he taught at Evergreen State College in the Masters of Public Administration program. He is currently finishing a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Washington, focusing on collaborative governance around natural resources. He is Diné and currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“WRA makes it happen! Energy, water, public lands – they do it all. And westerners are better off for it.”
Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, focusing on western water issues including Colorado River operational policy and the integration of water and land use planning. She is a founding member of the Water Policy Group, comprised of select water sector experts who have been decision makers and trusted advisers within governments and international bodies handling complex water policy and strategy. From 2009 to 2014, she was Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. Castle is a recovering lawyer, having practiced water law for 28 years with the Rocky Mountain law firm of Holland & Hart where she chaired the Management Committee and Natural Resources Department.
Chelsea Congdon Brundige
Chair of the Board
“Western Resource Advocates looks to leverage the financial investment of our donors with our expertise on the issues, the integrity of our commitment to solutions, and our capacity for strategic partnerships and communication to preserve the legacy of the West for generations to come.”
Ms. Congdon Brundige is writer and producer with First Light Films, an independent film and television company based in Snowmass, Colorado. She has worked in environmental conservation with the Natural Heritage Institute in California and as a water resource specialist with the Environmental Defense Fund in California and Colorado. She has served on many committees, funds, and trusts, and is an accomplished public speaker. Ms. Brundige has written for popular and scientific journals on issues ranging from land and water rights of Native Americans to environmental dispute resolution, water pollution control programs, and international relations related to water resources. She has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an M.A. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California in Berkeley.
Greg Conway recently retired to Park City, Utah after a 30 year career practicing law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a large international law firm. Greg spent most of his career in London, where his practice focused on complex corporate transactions across a range of industries and geographies. Greg served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and was the Managing Partner of the London office from 1997 to 2017. Greg was a member of the board of directors of both Travelers Insurance Company Limited and Travelers Syndicate Management Limited in London, where he sat on the Audit and Nominating Committees of each. Greg also served as a trustee of the US affiliate of a UK not-for-profit focused on assisting underprivileged youth to gain access to education, employment and training, and Greg serves as a trustee of The Brown University Charitable Trust. Greg received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his JD from Columbia University School of Law.
“Western Resource Advocates has the vision and expertise to protect what we love most about the West.”
Carrie Doyle is the Principal at Big Canyon Strategies where she advises advocates and donors on climate strategies. Carrie has spent the past three decades as an organizer, advocate, grant-maker, and strategist. Her work has advanced environmental policies, elected climate leaders, and designed new models for advocacy. Carrie lives in the San Francisco, Bay Area with her husband and son.
“Western Resource Advocates has a complete environmental advocacy tool kit. It’s scientific, educational, and policy components are reinforced by a strong legal backbone.”
Mr. Feldman is the President and founder of Conscience Bay Company, an organization that seeks to produce economic, social, and environmental returns through multigenerational real estate investments. Prior to forming Conscience Bay, Mr. Feldman practiced water law in Boulder, Colorado, representing diverse clients including municipalities, ski areas, and ranchers. He has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Hamilton College and a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Andrea J. Grant
“Western Resource Advocates has become one of the most widely respected organizations in the region. WRA is the one group that has the vision and capabilities to help create a future for the West that honors all that the Western region has represented to this country throughout history.”
AJ Grant is president of Environmental Communication Associates, Inc. (ECA), a national consulting firm located in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in social marketing and communicating complex environmental issues to the public. Ms. Grant is a founding partner and Chief Green Officer of The Big Green Company, Inc., a multimedia children’s education/entertainment company. Their Emmy Award-winning PBS children’s show, Big Green Rabbit, brings environmental and health topics to audiences around the world.
Carla Hamre Donelson
“Wallace Stegner, novelist and avid Western environmentalist, said that preserving the West’s natural resources ‘is a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.’ Through its thoughtful, balanced, and expertly implemented strategic vision, Western Resource Advocates brings precisely this reassurance, sanity and hope at such a critical time.”
A semi-retired lawyer-turned-entrepreneur, Carla Hamre Donelson provides independent strategic, financial and organizational advice to growth stage technology companies. Carla was formerly Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Verio Inc. One of four founding executives, she oversaw Verio’s growth-by-consolidation strategy. Completing more than 60 acquisitions facilitated by $1.5 billion in equity and debt financing, Verio launched from a startup Internet venture to a global, 4,000-employee market leader in business focused web services, culminating in Verio’s sale to Japanese telecom giant NTT just 4 years after inception. Before Verio, Carla was a partner with international law firm Morrison & Foerster, specializing in corporate finance, M&A, and general business matters. She chaired Morrison and Foerster’s Rocky Mountain regional corporate practice and co-chaired the firmwide telecommunications practice. Throughout her career Carla has served as an advisor to, and on the board of directors of, a variety of nonprofit organizations, primarily focused on education, the arts and the environment.
“I respect Western Resource Advocates because they are protecting our natural and cultural assets in the Southwest.”
Ms. House is a botanical consultant and researcher for Indigenous Peoples environmental issues and policies, and is a consultant to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Team for Endangered Plant Species, and has worked for the Nature Conservancy’s Indigenous Lands Program. Ms. House is a tribal member of the Navajo Nation, and lives in San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico.
“WRA employs a unique and effective approach towards implementing environmental protection and conservation initiatives to impact policy. I am committed to these initiatives and honored to join the board of this great organization.”
Matthew Hunt is Managing Partner of Hunt Holdings, LP, a diverse venture capital portfolio focused on early-stage investments made through VC funds and directly into start-up companies. Hunt Holdings is a subsidiary to Hunt Companies, Inc., a 4th generation family business that invests in real estate and infrastructure markets which includes investment, property, and asset management as well as construction, development, and lending platforms. Prior to venture capitol, Matthew joined his family’s business as a Development Manager in Hawaii overseeing adaptive re-use, commercial, and renewable energy development projects. Matthew received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Environmental Studies and Geography, and his MBA from the Daniel’s School of Business at the University of Denver with a concentration on Real Estate and Finance.
“I am honored to serve on the WRA Board. WRA works hand in hand with stakeholders, are deeply versed in the issues and laws, and work tirelessly to build a foundation of legal policy that honors and protects our natural resources. They are the champions behind the scenes insuring our quality of life for generations to come.”
Carla Johnson has 25 years of experience in 3D geospatial earth modeling, environmental hydrogeology, engineering, virtual earth web and mobile development, and global green initiatives. In 1994 she founded Waterstone, Inc, an environmental consulting firm specializing in complex hydrogeologic flow and transport modeling for cleaning up contaminated groundwater systems, human health and ecological risk assessment associated with environmental damage, and environmental engineering. In 2009, Ms. Johnson formed Earthvisionz, a Web 3.0, location intelligence software company. Ms. Johnson’s vision is to be able to connect people with their passion through place. She envisions using the power of live social interaction combined with beautiful visual realism of the earth, at any scale, and relevant crowd-sourced data through one virtual earth website interface.
“WRA provides solution-driven, thoughtful advocacy to steward our vulnerable Western environment and protect the health of our residents, while acknowledging the practical commercial demands of the region. This balanced approach is necessary as challenges due to climate change unfold.”
Eric is Managing Partner of Whitecap Advisors LLC., an investment management firm he founded in 2002. Additionally, Eric has been an active investor in real estate in Colorado and Utah, as well as early stage technology companies. Prior to founding Whitecap, Eric served as Managing Director of Aurum Capital, a venture capital firm. Eric began his career as a corporate finance attorney in New York City. He received his BA from Hobart College, was a Lehman Graduate Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and received his JD from the University of Denver.
“The power of WRA comes from the strength of its ideas. WRA’s credibility and effectiveness are the direct result of proposing workable solutions for all involved stakeholders.”
Eric Laufer is a multi-disciplinary entrepreneur with ventures in renewable energy technology, real estate and film. He has developed innovative solutions that mitigate the impact of wind farms on surrounding communities and wildlife, managed a diverse commercial and land portfolio with an eye towards good environmental stewardship and produced films which promote values of acceptance and inclusivity. He holds multiple patents and has a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from Stanford. His greatest joy is chasing his two daughters and wife around New York City.
“The outdoor industry is worth almost $900 billion nationally and accounts for 7.6 million jobs – we need to use our collective voice responsibly to leverage the changes that we need to have happen to protect the West. Western Resource Advocates has the knowledge, expertise, and drive to get this important work done. I am thrilled to partner with them to protect the places and the communities that are critical to our industry and the West’s way of life.”
Kim Miller is the CEO of SCARPA North America and a veteran of the outdoor industry. As a lifelong climber and backcountry skier, Kim’s passion for the outdoors and business led him into the outdoor industry at an early age while growing up in Denver, CO. Kim has held numerous positions in the industry over the course of his career and has worked as an outdoor educator, mountain guide, sales representative, and specialty retailer in addition to his experience in executive leadership. Some of Kim’s most notable accomplishments include being an original founder and employee-owner of Black Diamond Equipment and the creation of SCARPA North America as the center of operations for SCARPA SpA in North America. Throughout Kim’s career, he has made service, advocacy, and giving back to the industry a priority. In addition to his role as an incoming Western Resource Advocates Board of Directors member, Kim also serves on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council and Executive Committee and is a former SIA Board of Directors member.
Reuben Munger is the founder and Managing Partner of Vision Ridge Partners, LLC, a leading sustainable asset investment firm. Mr. Munger founded Vision Ridge Partners in 2008 in order to bring decades of value investing experience to bear on what he saw as the financial opportunities presented by sustainable solutions. A former Partner with The Baupost Group, LLC, an investment firm with over $30 billion in assets, Reuben has also been a consultant to Texas Pacific Group and an investment banker with James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. His passion and expertise in electrified mobility, renewable electricity generation, the built environment, and other assets make him a leader in sustainable investing. Reuben is Chairman of Securing America’s Future Energy, a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Electrification Coalition, and a member of the League of Conservation Voters board of directors and serves on the boards of numerous private companies including GSSG Solar LLC, Guzman Energy Inc., EVgo Services LLC, and Key Capture Energy Inc. Mr. Munger has over twenty years of investment experience in Norway, Europe more broadly and the US. He graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Politics and Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration.
“I’m honored to join the Western Resource Advocates Board of Directors. Never has the connection between our land, water, air and citizens been more important. WRA is in the unique position to engage our next generation of natural leaders through science and environmental advocacy to protect the West’s places and communities.”
Loretta Pineda is the Executive Director of Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), a Denver non-profit. ELK cultivates a passion for science, leadership and service in a diverse community of learners. Loretta is dedicated to youth, science, outdoor experiences, and natural resources within the urban environment. Loretta retired from 33 years of service to the State of Colorado, Department of Natural Resources in 2014. She served as Division Director of Reclamation, Mining and Safety. She is an experienced professional with demonstrated success in strategic planning, natural resource management, and youth engagement. She has a strong background in local, state and federal governmental affairs. Loretta is a Colorado native, grew up on a farm in Weld County, and has a BA from Colorado State University.
“By leveraging a unique combination of legal, policy, and scientific expertise, WRA offers a thoughtful approach to addressing our era’s most pressing environmental issues by working effectively across stakeholder groups to craft mutually beneficial solutions. The result is tangible movement toward a more sustainable future for communities, businesses, and ecosystems in the American West. I’m honored to serve on the WRA Board in such pivotal times.”
Jamie Starr is the Global Director of Sports Marketing for The North Face where he leads the brand’s athlete, expedition, event, and partnership strategies. Prior to The North Face, Jamie served several marketing roles in the outdoor industry, including VP of Marketing at DPS Skis, head of North American marketing for the Oberalp Group of mountaineering brands (Dynafit, Salewa, Wild Country, and Pomoca) and Marketing Manager for ski apparel brand Spyder Active Sports. Before entering the outdoor industry brand space, Jamie began his career as a practicing lawyer, having studied natural resources law at CU Law School in Boulder, serving as an editor for the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, and interning with both the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Natural Resource Center and in the lands department at Western Resource Advocates. Jamie hails from Crested Butte, CO, where his mountain obsession all began.