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Grand Canyon Trust Board Members

Ty Cobb: Chair, Washington D.C.

Mr. Cobb is a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he is a Litigation Practice Group Director and the Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group and also Chair of the Securities Enforcement Practice Group. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is profiled in Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in the World and an International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers. He represented the Grand Canyon Trust and others pro bono in litigation that led to the Glen Canyon EIS and the subsequent passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act. Ty will tell anyone who will listen that his happiest experience was a dory trip on the Colorado River from Phantom Ranch through the Canyon with his oldest son in 1993.

Patrick Von Bargen, Vice-Chair, Washington D.C.

Before co-founding 38 North Solutions, Patrick served as leader of the energy practice and as Managing Director of QGA Public Affairs. For over 3 years, he provided strategic counsel, primarily in the clean technology space, including solar, wind, recycling, and biomass. He also represented startup firms using venture capital to develop clean energy technology. Prior to this, Patrick served in major public policy roles for over 17 years in Washington, D.C., including as Chief of Staff to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) from 1987 to 1999 and Managing Executive for Policy & Staff for Chairman William H. Donaldson (R-NY) at the Securities & Exchange Commission from 2003 to 2005. He also headed the National Commission on Entrepreneurship and served as Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness. During his distinguished law career, he represented startup technology companies and venture capital firms and served as CEO of the Center for Venture Education's Kauffman Fellows Program in Silicon Valley. Patrick earned a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the bar in California and Colorado.

Bud Marx, Secretary-Treasurer: Laguna Beach, California

Oscar (Bud) Marx is a retired Ford Motor Company executive. After 32 years with Ford, in 1995 he became CEO of TMW Enterprises, a private equity partnership with diversified investments in electronics, plastics, metal-forming, technology, and real estate. He has also been Chairman of the Board of Amerigon Inc., a high-tech developer of heating and cooling products based on Thermo-Electric technology, since 1999. Bud is a graduate of Princeton University with an MBA from Northwestern. He and his wife Nancy now live in Laguna Beach, California after living in Michigan, London, and Mexico City while working for Ford. A long-time enthusiast of the Grand Canyon and its environs, Bud has rafted the Colorado River with his family eight times. [back to top]

James E. Babbitt: Flagstaff, Arizona

Jim Babbitt is a leader in Northern Arizona's business, arts, and environmental communities. He is Chairman of the Western National Parks Association and has served as the president of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Northern Arizona and of the Main Street Flagstaff Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the Yellowstone Association, and the Grand Canyon Association. He is past Chairman of the Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission and has served as a member of the Flagstaff City Council. He hikes in and writes about the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau. [back to top]

Carter F. Bales: New York, New York

Carter Bales is Chairman and a Founding Partner of NewWorld Capital Group. Before NewWorld, he was Managing Partner Emeritus of The Wicks Group of Companies, a private equity firm focused on the information industries. He co-founded Wicks in 1989 and was a Managing Partner until his Emeritus role in late 2006. Mr. Bales was a Director of McKinsey & Co. from 1978 to 1998, including founding the Firm’s practices in environmental management, information and media, and state and local government. He left McKinsey in 1998 but continues as an Emeritus Director and Senior Advisor to the Firm. Mr. Bales has been active in environmental matters for more than 25 years. Recently he has focused on climate change and how greenhouse gas emissions can be abated in cost-effective ways. In 2007, he worked with McKinsey to produce the report entitled Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? He has also served on the boards of several leading organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and Center for Market Innovation at NRDC. Mr. Bales graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Economics and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Skidmore College. [back to top]

David Bonderman: Fort Worth, Texas

David Bonderman, Partner in TPG, Fort Worth, Texas, is a private investor with holdings in banking, airlines, media, and other areas. He has a longstanding interest in the Colorado Plateau. While in college, he worked on archaeological surveys in Glen Canyon before the gates of the dam closed and Lake Powell flooded the canyon. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Bonderman was previously special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, an assistant professor of law at Tulane University, and a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter. He serves on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society. [back to top]

Ethel Branch: Seattle, Washington

Ethel Branch is an associate in the Seattle office of Kanji & Katzen PLLC, where she advises and represents Native Nations on a variety of issues, with a focus restoring tribal natural resources and assisting with tribal-state gaming compact matters. Prior to joining Kanji & Katzen, Ethel practiced tribal finance and international indigenous human rights law. Ms. Branch is a graduate of Harvard (A.B. 2001, J.D. 2008, M.P.P. 2008) and a member of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, and Oregon bar associations. She was born and raised on a small ranch near Canyon Diablo on the Navajo Nation, where she is an enrolled member. Ethel loves returning to the grandeur and tranquility of the Nation and the Colorado Plateau for frequent visits and hikes. [back to top]

William D. Budinger: Aspen, Colorado

Bill Budinger, inventor, holder of over three dozen patents, founded and served for 33 years as Chairman and CEO of Rodel, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of products for the semiconductor industry. Bill drafted much of the 1998 patent reform legislation and has testified before numerous committees of the House and Senate on Labor Law and Intellectual Property protection. Bill is founding director of the Rodel Foundations and has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, the Grand Canyon Trust, The Democratic Leadership Council, PPI, the Rodel Foundation, the Henry Crown Fellowships, and the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. A lifetime member of the Sierra Club, he has an active interest in preserving the natural environment and a deep love of the Colorado Plateau. [back to top]

Louis H. Callister: Salt Lake City, Utah

Lou Callister is a founder, former chair, and currently of counsel to the law firm of Callister, Nebeker & McCullough in Salt Lake City and is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in banking law. He is a leader in Utah higher education, having served as co-chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees, and as a lifetime member of the University of Utah National Advisory Council. He was instrumental in establishing the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) for Utah universities. He and his wife, Ellen, have a great love for the Colorado Plateau and its Native American culture. Lou has served and is serving on many corporate and public boards. He and his wife founded the Edward G. Callister Foundation, dedicated to increasing knowledge about the biological, personal and social factors that underlie substance misuse. Lou received his J.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Law. Both he and Ellen were awarded honorary degrees by the University of Utah in 2002 in recognition of their public service. [back to top]

Pam Eaton: Denver, Colorado

Pam joined The Wilderness Society (TWS) in 1988. She oversees TWS’ BLM Action Center and its Recreation Planning Program and provides strategic leadership to the overall BLM Program. She recently served as co-chair of the Environment and Lands Working Group of the Western Governors’ Association’s Western Renewable Energy Zones Initiative. Previously the long-time regional director of TWS’ Four Corners State Region, Pam has extensive expertise in wilderness protection, conservation policy and campaign strategy related to western land issues. She also served as program director for Refuges and Wildlife in the TWS’ Washington, D.C., office, where she worked on Endangered Species Act reauthorization and efforts to strengthen management of the National Wildlife Refuge System, among others. Before joining TWS, Pam worked for the NPS in Alaska and for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. She received an M.S. in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and a B.A. in geology from Yale University. [back to top]

John Echohawk: Boulder, Colorado

John has served as Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund since 1973. He was the first graduate of the University of New Mexico’s special program to train Indian lawyers, and was a founding member of the American Indian Law Students Association while in law school. John was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field. He serves on the Boards of the American Indian Resources Institute, the Association on American Indian Affairs, the Indigenous Language Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the national Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. John received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico, his J.D. from the University of New Mexico, and was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow from 1970–1972. [back to top]

Jim Enote: Zuni, New Mexico

Jim Enote — Zuni farmer and interrupted artist — has explored to a large degree such varied subjects as sacredness as a means to conservation and development, ancient Puebloan farming techniques, pattern languages, Japanese art after 1945, and from 1999 to 2004, indigenous community-based mapping. Past projects include establishing the Zuni Conservation Project, Zuni Organic Farmers Cooperative, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center and Zuni/A:shiwi Publishing Company. Jim’s writing and art has appeared in People and Plants, People and Tourism in Fragile Environments, Conservation Development Forum, The Mountain Forum, and Mapping Our Places, to name a few. Besides currently serving as the Executive Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, he is also a Senior Advisor for Mountain Cultures with the Mountain Institute. [back to top]

Mathew Garver: Atlanta, Georgia

Mathew Garver, Partner in Arcadia Capital Group, based in Atlanta, GA is a private middle market investment company. He also serves as a consultant to DLA Piper on large infrastructure development projects in the US and Europe. He is an advocate for environmental conversation programs and has spent years investing in early stage water and environmental technologies. He also serves on several boards for privately held companies in the US. He works with his family's real estate holdings of Brandywine Island and Septima Ranch based outside of Chama, Northern New Mexico. He actively spends his personal time hiking throughout the canyons of the Colorado Plateau exploring the region. He is married and has two young children, Jonathan and Sydney. Mathew attended Michigan State University and Harvard Business School's executive program. [back to top]

William Grabe: Greenwich, Connecticut

William O. Grabe joined General Atlantic in 1992 and retired as a Managing Director in 2010. He continues to support GA in an advisory capacity. Mr. Grabe currently serves on the boards of AKQA, Quality Technology Services, Lenovo, Gartner, Inc., and Compuware Corporation. He also serves as a member of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, a Trustee of Outward Bound International, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Florida. Prior to his affiliation with GA, Mr. Grabe retired from the IBM Corporation as an IBM Vice President and Corporate Officer. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from New York University (1958) and received his MBA from UCLA (1963). [back to top]

Pam Hait: Phoenix, Arizona

Pam Hait is a writer and author and principal with STRATEGIES, a marketing firm specializing in tourism, development, Native American issues, and community relations. A former deputy director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, she conceptualized a statewide ecotourism program and developed international and domestic promotions. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Arizona Town Hall, International Women’s Forum and Charter 100, Pam serves on the Investment Board for the College of Public Programs for Arizona State University (ASU) and is on the ASU West Recreation and Tourism board. Pam is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husband, Glen. [back to top]

Sarah Krakoff: Boulder, Colorado

Sarah Krakoff is a professor of law at the University of Colorado. She teaches and is widely published in the areas of American Indian law and natural resources law. Her publications include American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary and many articles on tribal sovereignty, environmental ethics, public lands, and climate change. She was the Director of the American Indian Law Clinic and moved to teaching in 1999. Before coming to University of Colorado, she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work on the Navajo Nation as Director of the youth Law Project for DNA-People’s Legal Services. Professor Krakoff clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Warren J. Ferguson from 1992–1993 and received her J.D. from Boat Hall, U.C. Berkeley in 1991 and her B.B. from Yale University in 1986. [back to top]

John Leshy: San Francisco, California

Leshy is the Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He was Solicitor (General Counsel) of the U.S. Department of the Interior throughout the Clinton Administration, where he played a key role in the creation of National Monuments. He had previous experience as Professor of Law at Arizona State University, with the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior, with the Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and with the Natural Resource Defense Council. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was on the board of the Trust from 1987–1992. [back to top]

Steve Martin: Flagstaff, Arizona

Steve recently retired as Superintendent for Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) and is a 35-year career NPS veteran with experience as a park ranger, natural and cultural resource manager, business manager, superintendent, and senior leader. Prior to becoming Superintendent at GCNP, Martin completed a 2-year assignment as Deputy Director of the NPS in Washington, DC, the most senior career position in the Service. He also served as Regional Director of the Intermountain Region overseeing 88 parks in eight states. Prior to these key management roles, Martin had a long field career including positions at Grand Teton National Park, Denali National Park & Preserve and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Martin completed a B.S. in resource management from the University of Arizona in 1975. [back to top]

John W. Milliken: Salt Lake City, Utah

John Milliken is the owner of Milcom, Inc., which was founded in 1993 to own and manage real estate investments in Utah, all of which have since been sold. Raised in the east, John spent 10 years working for W. R. Grace & Co. in New York City before moving to Utah. John has been active in the non-profit community in Salt Lake City serving in various capacities on several local boards including The Nature Conservancy of Utah (conservation), Artspace (housing and community development with a focus on providing affordable space for artists and nonprofits), the United Way of Salt Lake (social services funder and community change agent), the Salt Lake City Film Center (community film screenings), the Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake City (economic development) and the Coalition for Utah’s Future (long-range thinking / planning). John also is active in family governance as a fourth-generation member of the Milliken family and in corporate governance of various family controlled enterprises with interests in textiles, specialty chemicals, real estate, forestry, hydroelectric power generation and distribution, and other investments. [back to top]

Jennifer Speers: Salt Lake City, Utah

Jennifer Speers grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York with farming and conservation in her blood. She has carried her values of land stewardship into the management of her own ranching properties along the Colorado River and in Moab, Utah. She raises mostly alfalfa and, equally important, she raises specific crops and provides habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife utilizing the river corridor. Prior to becoming a full-time farmer, Jennifer worked for 18 years as a surgical technician at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. In addition to her service on the Grand Canyon Trust board, Jennifer is a current board member of The Nature Conservancy of Utah, Artspace, Wave Hill, Glynnwood Center and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She is a former board member of HawkWatch International. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah. [back to top]

Rebecca Tsosie: Phoenix, Arizona

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, J.D., has served as Executive Director of the top ranked Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University since 1996. Professor Tsosie has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy, and cultural rights. Tsosie is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. She has used this work as a foundation for her newest research, which deals with Native rights to genetic resources. Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has also worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations. She serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Professor Tsosie speaks at several national conferences each year on topics related to tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources. She was appointed as a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar in 2005. Prior to this, she held the title of Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics. She is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology and an Affiliate Professor for the American Indian Studies Program. She joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1993 and teaches in the areas of Indian law, Property, Bioethics, and Critical Race Theory. She is the co-author with Robert Clinton and Carole Goldberg of a federal Indian law casebook entitled American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System. Tsosie was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and received the American Bar Association’s 2002 Spirit of Excellence Award. She is the 2006 recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Award for Public Service. [back to top]

Charles Wilkinson: Boulder, Colorado

Charles Wilkinson is the Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado and has been named Distinguished University Professor. Charles is also a former staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund. His thirteen books include the standard law texts on federal public land law and Indian law The Eagle Bird: Mapping A New West and Crossing the Next Meridian: Land, Water, and the Future of the West. He has served on the boards of The Wilderness Society, Northern Lights Institute, and the Western Environmental Law Center. Wilkinson has long had a special interest in the Colorado Plateau, as evidenced by Fire on the Plateau: Conflict and Endurance in the American Southwest and his service as special counsel to Interior Solicitor John Leshy for the drafting of President Clinton’s 1996 proclamation establishing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. His most recent book entitled Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations was published by W.W. Norton of New York and released in March 2005. [back to top]

Hansjöerg Wyss: Jackson, Wyoming

Hansjörg Wyss is Chairman Emeritus of Synthes, Inc., an international company that manufactures and distributes surgical implants and instruments. His success as an entrepreneur has afforded him the time and the resources to develop his skills as a true explorer. He has flown, hiked, skied, and climbed throughout the entire world. He has developed a deep love and respect for the natural and traditional resources of the Colorado Plateau and has conducted numerous excursions into the spectacular and unique backcountry of the region. Mr. Wyss is a member of the governing council of The Wilderness Society and serves on the Board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. [back to top]

Counselor to the Board

Bert Fingerhut: Palo Alto, CA

Mr. Fingerhut initially joined the board of the Grand Canyon Trust in 1985 and has served on our board in some capacity much of the time since. Prior to today, he was a member of the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society for over 6 years and Chairman for 4 years. Mr. Fingerhut also served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) (he had been chairman for 6 years), the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). In addition, he has served on several private foundation boards. He is a past 20-plus-year member of Mountain Rescue Aspen, Colorado. For fun, Bert leads wilderness trips in Utah and the Grand Canyon. He has spent over 700 nights of his life beneath the rim of Grand Canyon, mostly backpacking. 

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