Advisory Councils and Working Groups

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Sustainability Working Group

The OIA Sustainability Working Group is led by an Advisory Council of leading outdoor companies:

  • Bolt Threads – Jamie Bainbridge, Chair
  • Burton – Ali Kenney
  • Columbia Sportswear – Guru Larson
  • Klean Kanteen – Danielle Cresswell
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) – Valerie Presolly
  • Pacific Market International (PMI) – Valerie Bone
  • Patagonia – Todd Copeland
  • REI – Matt Thurston
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition – Betsy Blaisdell
  • The North Face – James Rogers
  • Unifi – Meredith Boyd
  • W.L. Gore – Bernhard Kiehl

The Advisory Council sets the vision and guides the work of the Sustainability Working Group, which includes more than 300 companies working together to identify best practices in sustainability.

For more, contact Nikki Hodgson at

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Recreation Advisory Council

The Outdoor Industry Association Recreation Advisory Council (OIARAC) is an advisory board that provides guidance to OIA on various recreation-related policy issues, such as:

  • The industry’s engagement on the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
  • Public land funding initiatives
  • Protection of our public lands for recreation use
  • New public land designations
  • Ensuring access to outdoor recreation for the next generation

OIARAC members:

  • Steve Barker, Wild Places (Chair)
  • Hans Cole, Patagonia
  • Adam Cramer, Outdoor Alliance
  • Andrew Foster, L.L. Bean, Inc.
  • Ashley Korenblat, Western Spirit Cycling
  • Ann Krcik, The North Face
  • Brian Merrill, Western River Expeditions
  • David Polivy, Tahoe Mountain Sports
  • Alyssa Ravasio, Hipcamp
  • Kirk Richardson, KEEN Effect
  • Ross Saldarini, Mountain Khakis
  • John Sterling, The Conservation Alliance
  • Taldi Walter, REI
  • Marc Berejka, REI
  • Brad Werntz, New Normal Consulting

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Trade Advisory Council

OIATAC reviews U.S. trade policy, relevant federal legislation and international trade negotiations, develops federal trade policy that may affect OIA membership and recommends policy positions to OIA government affairs staff and OIA leadership.

  • Marc Berejka – Director, Government Affairs, Recreational Equipment Inc. (Kent, WA)
  • Sara Bowersox, Global Compliance Manager, Keen (Portland OR)
  • Ben Christensen, Director of Global Sourcing and Financial Planning, Simms Fishing (Bozeman, MT) (Vice-Chairman)
  • Scott Ermetti, President of International Business, Pelican Products (Torrance, CA)
  • Fred Ferguson – VP, Public Affairs, Vista Outdoor (Farmington, UT/Washington, D.C.)
  • Tony Ferguson – Logistics Administrator, Patagonia (Ventura, CA)
  • Patrick Fox – Director of Customs Compliance, V.F. Corp (Cypress, CA) (Chairman)
  • Jann Futrell, Director Global Trade, The Coleman Company (Wichita, KS)
  • Jody Graham, Global Production and Logistics Manager KUHL USA (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Lisa Leffler, Senior Global Logistics Manager, Black Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Kristy Marvin, General Counsel, Timberland (Stratham, NH)
  • Brent Merriam, VP/Outdoors, NEMO Equipment (Dover, NH)
  • Quinn O’Rourke – Logistics and Customs Manager, LaCrosse Footwear Inc. (Portland, OR)
  • Mike Ratchford – Government Relations Associate, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc (Newark, DE)
  • Mike Rigney – VP of Operations, Orvis (Arlington, VT/Roanoke, VA)
  • Tony Roina – Manufacturing and Sourcing Manager, Big Agnes (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  • Chris Rischke – Director of Operations, Oboz Footwear (Bozeman, MT)
  • Mario Roman, Director of Sourcing, Marmot (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • Drew Saunders – Operations Director, Salewa (Boulder, CO)
  • Chris Sentementes – VP of Global Sourcing and Business Development, PrimaLoft
  • Rachael Slisz, Manger, Imports, Eddie Bauer (Bellevue, WA)
  • Monica Thornton – Customs Manager, Helen of Troy (El Paso, TX)
  • Jeff Tooze – Director, Global Customs and Trade, Columbia Sportswear (Portland, OR)
  • Amy Whitney – Global Trade Compliance Manager, Burton Snowboards (Burlington, VT)

For more, contact Rich Harper at

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