Board of Trustees
Jenna Whitlock, Chair – Boise, Idaho
Recently retired from the Bureau of Land Management, Jenna Whitlock was born in Idaho and raised in the West. Jenna studied Range Science at Utah State University and began working for the BLM in Elko Nevada as a Rangeland Management Specialist. Most of her 35-year career was spent in the Great Basin – Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Jenna also worked in Washington DC at the BLM’s headquarters, in the Senate as a Legislative Fellow and in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Assistant Secretary – Land and Minerals Management. In 2012, Jenna Whitlock returned to the West, working in Utah as the Associate State Director and then as the interim Utah State Director for nearly two years. In that capacity, she oversaw 23 million acres of public land, including the BLM’s first national monument –the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Jenna capped her career by acting as the BLM’s Deputy Director, overseeing management of over 245 million acres of public land in the West and one-third of the nation’s subsurface mineral estate.
Maite Arce, Secretary & Treasurer- Washington, DC
Maite Arce is the founder, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation, a 501(c)3 national nonprofit organization. She has 21 years of experience in education and advocacy work that has increased the capacities of underrepresented communities to engage on issues of public lands, water security, K-12 education, workforce development, tax and finance, and chronic health disparities. Ms. Arce’s leadership and work has lifted the voices and priorities of communities in state legislatures, federal agencies, Congress, and the White House. Prior to Hispanic Access Foundation, she served as Vice President for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options and began her career in advertising and media at Mendoza, Dillon, and Associates. In 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from Logos Christian College. She was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and lives with her family near the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers in Virginia.
Gregg Bagni – Boulder, Colorado
Gregg serves as a director with White Road Investments, a fund driven by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, founders of Clifbar. WRI helps emerging mission-driven companies grow and prosper in the natural foods, outdoor and bicycle industries. He claims this gig is proof that he is the luckiest being on this planet. Gregg works behind the scenes with WRI companies offering up counsel, energy, and direction around branding, marketing, and product development. His decades of earthly experience give him the ‘nimbility’ to uniquely interact with brands in the outdoor, bike, and natural food worlds.
Michael Pearce – Santa Fe, New Mexico
A trained geologist with a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, Mike wandered into Moab in 1973 and fell into work as a mine geologist with Atlas Minerals. In order to escape the underground world of uranium, he became a land surveyor, a river guide, a local Moab musician, and many other things. The music took him to Los Angeles, California in 1984 to seek a career in songwriting while “not giving up his day job” of land surveying in the big city. After moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1993, Mike was offered an opportunity to survey microwave radio communication links for Alcatel Lucent and consequently traveled the US and parts of the world until 2014 when he retired. He now has a budding new “career” as a photographer.
Ken Meidell – Hood River, Oregon
Ken Meidell is currently an Operating Partner at Stride Consumer Partners, covering the Active Lifestyle sector. Ken is also serving as the CEO of Outerbike, a series of mountain bike demo events occurring across the US. Prior to these roles Ken served as the CEO of Dakine, the action sports industry’s leading provider of technical backpacks, apparel, gloves, packs and bags, and technical accessories. Ken was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Outdoor Research, a leading supplier of apparel and technical accessories in the Outdoor Industry. In 2014, the Outdoor Industry Association recognized him as a leading industry advocate for his stewardship in the outdoor community. During this time, Ken also served on the Board of Directors for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the largest single-state mountain bike organization in the US.
Beth Myers – Seattle, Washington
Beth Myers lives in Seattle and is a Manager at the consulting firm Bain and Company. Beth worked with Ken Meidell at Dakine and has extensive marketing expertise. Beth and Ashley got to know each other working on Western Spirit’s digital marketing strategy, and Beth recently reached out with an interest in climate and public land issues.
Walt Dabney – Moab, Utah
A former Superintendent of Canyonlands National Park and Director of Texas State Parks, Walt Dabney lives in Moab and remains active on many of the issues faced by PLS. He has a wealth of knowledge on the public land system and public land management across the country.