Boyden's Keith D. Dorsey, EdD joins as the Pacific Crest Trail Association as Board Director 

Sacramento, CA - Dec 08, 2022

Announcement by Kevin BaconBoard Chair, PCTA Board of Directors: 

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is excited to announce the addition of five new members to the board of directors: Keith Dorsey, Sonia Fernandez, Carmen Ibarra, Ashley Martinez, and Ginny Too.

PCTA’s board and staff welcome each of them individually and as a five-person cohort comprised of talented and passionate leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Every new director is a top tier talent in their respective industries and professional backgrounds, immediately broadening the board’s knowledge, capacity, and expertise. They also each have unique interests and love for the Pacific Crest Trail, scenic trails, and the outdoors in general.

Further, this cohort marks a unique first for PCTA’s board—each new director is a person of color. As we hope you will read in the bios below, this cohort brightens the PCTA and offers fresh leadership perspectives in race, gender, outdoor experience, sexual and gender identity, professional expertise, vision, and much more. Some of the many talents and experiences they bring to PCTA include:  two are veterans (USAF and Marines), public relations and communicationsnon-profit organization management, familiarity with programs serving those with disabilitiesfinancial managementstrategic planningmarketing, and human capital development and management. Truly a wealth of talent to help move PCTA forward.

We have heard that previous board candidate selection was too internal and needed greater transparency, so the process was collaboratively changed with board and staff leadership. Throughout 2022, we have partnered with board placement organizations such as Latinos LEAD to gather interest from a new candidate pool. Interviews and selection were conducted over several months before five candidates were invited to join the October 29 board meeting. There, they introduced themselves, observed the meeting, asked questions, and got to know us. After, all five cohort members were offered board positions and accepted. They will be joining at the PCTA’s next board of directors meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

As always, membership voting cards will be included in the spring issue of the Communicator magazine; PCTA’s membership has the final say.

“With so many pressing matters confronting the Pacific Crest Trail—from climate change to the increasing popularity of outdoor recreation during COVID—our team was determined to bring highly qualified leaders with new perspectives to advance the mission.” — Megan Wargo, PCTA Acting Executive Director and CEO

As this board’s current chair, I have been deeply moved by the PCT community’s strong urging for us to do better for the trail and the people who love it, including board representation. This new cohort is one step in broader change, but it is an important one and worth celebrating.

I hope that you will join me in welcoming Keith, Sonia, Carmen, Ashley, and Ginny to the board of directors. Congratulations and I look forward to working with you all to improve, protect, and preserve our favorite National Scenic Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail!

Original Source: Pacific Crest Trail Association News

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