The Conservation Alliance membership elected Adam Chamberlain, Director of Marketing for Black Diamond Equipment, and Gareth Martins, Director of Marketing for Osprey Packs to serve on the Alliance board of directors.
Both Martins and Chamberlain bring a deep commitment to conservation to their new board roles. Martins has guided Osprey's regular participation in conservation efforts, and has played a key role in integrating sustainability into the company's culture and ethic.
"I am thrilled to have been chosen to serve alongside the outstanding individuals that make up the Conservation Alliance board," said Martins. "I am eager to learn and work on behalf of the incredible organizations the Alliance funds."
Chamberlain, prior to his roles at Patagonia and now at Black Diamond, spent several months surveying Nevada's public lands for potential new wilderness areas. This effort contributed to the permanent protection of the Black Rock Desert in 2001.
"Fire. The Wheel. Tang. The Conservation Alliance. Through innovative leadership that marshals the best conservation instincts of the outdoor industry, the Alliance has built tremendous momentum and a track record of partnership in the safeguarding of wild places," said Chamberlain. " I am stoked to have the opportunity to add my energy and enthusiasm to the Board's efforts."
"We are excited to have such great additions to the Alliance board," said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance executive director. "Gareth and Adam bring great passion and experience that will help guide our efforts to protect our last wild places."
A record eight people ran for the two open board seats.
"It's an honor to have such strong interest in board service," said Sterling. "It shows that conservation is an important priority for our industry."
Chamberlain and Martins will fill the seats vacated by outgoing directors Dave Knutson (Chaco) and Gary Smith (Timberland).
"Dave and Gary made enormous contributions to The Conservation Alliance during a time of spectacular growth and evolution," said Sterling. "Adam and Gareth have big shoes to fill!"
Chamberlain and Martins' two-year terms begin in August.