who we are


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Devon Galpin Clarke

CO CREATOR / WILDLIFE ACTIVIST

Devon Galpin Clarke was born and raised in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado where she fell in love with snow leopards at age four. Ever since then, she has been passionate about defending wildlife and has spearheaded local fundraisers to support conservation organizations dear to her heart. Back at home she works at the local dogsled kennel, socializing new litters of huskies and helping with immunizations. Devon exhibits the spirit of her mother, and at 12-years-old she is already an intrepid explorer and defender of social justice, the upcoming generation will look to her for leadership.

Shannon Galpin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Shannon Galpin is an author, artist, global women’s rights activist, film producer, and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She spent a decade working on humanitarian projects in Afghanistan and in 2009 became the first woman to mountain bike there, eventually leading her to help coach and train the first Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was awarded a honorary diploma by the International Olympic Committee and a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club. Above all else, Shannon is a mother, and she’s determined to raise her daughter to use her voice for those that don’t have one. www.shannongalpin.com

 

 
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Jenny Nichols

CONSERVATION ADVISOR

Harnessing the power of visual media to tell stories, Jenny works to create films that will act as tipping points in conservation campaigns.

Having started her career at the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Jenny thrives on multidisciplinary projects and continues to collaborate with a dedicated community of photojournalists, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, scientists and conservation organizations. Jenny’s films have screened at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff Mountainfilm Festival, DC Environmental Film Festival, and has been featured on National Geographic Short Film Showcase

www.pongomediaproductions.com

 
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Mariana Prieto

IMPACT PRODUCER

Mariana focuses on design, innovation and impact strategies for wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict.

Before focusing on conservation work, Mariana worked as a designer for social innovation on projects for poverty alleviation, disaster relief and humanitarian crises. She was Design and Innovation Lead at the International Rescue Committee where she led projects for refugee resettlement and epidemic control in West Africa. In 2013 -2014 she was an IDEO.org Global Fellow. Mariana has taught human centered design at USC Marshall School of Business and has been a guest lecturer at Berkeley Haas School of Business, Stanford University and speaker at TEDxYouth@Caltech.

www.marianaprieto.com

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Chelsea Jackson

FILM EDITOR

After finishing her film degree at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Chelsea Jackson moved to Colorado to pursue outdoor documentary filmmaking. Specializing in story crafting and editing, Chelsea has a penchant for positive stories that celebrate education, science, well-being, activism, and stewardship for the environment. When she’s not obsessing over each of the 24 frames comprised in one second of video content, Chelsea loves spending time in the great outdoors with her family and their wild and crazy dog, Asher.

www.chelseajackson.com

 
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Tony Di Zinno

CAMERA MAN

Over his career as a adventure photographer turned film maker, Tony has carved a niche as a specialist in subjects as diverse as Tibetan monks in exile in Kathmandu to F1 cars in Monaco. After working for a Rolling Stone photographer early on, Tony broke out on his own shooting portraits and action of iconic sports figures for Adidas, Nike and The North Face. He has worked with Mountain2Mountain in Afghanistan and the Lakota Sioux in the Black Hills. He has taught visual narrative at Art Center College of Design, Brooks Institute and presented papers at the SVA in New York City. 

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Rob Jackson

CAMERA MAN

Rob got into filmmaking after a year as a school teacher in Chilean Patagonia. Having fallen in love with the rivers, people, and spirit of that region, he traveled by bicycle and raft to produce his first documentary about a pending hydroelectric mega-project that would have scarred Chilean Patagonia forever. Ten years later those five dams and the world's longest power line were never built, and Rob has worked on many more film projects on subjects ranging from wilderness therapy for cancer survivors and war veterans to educational yoga, backpacking, and cooking courses to environmental pieces for Greenpeace, Patagonia, and National Geographic Adventure. He lives with his beloved wife, son, and dog (with a second son due soon!) in Longmont, Colorado.

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James Edward Mills

JOURNALIST

James is a freelance journalist who specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving, and practices of sustainable living. He has worked in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer, and photographer. He is the author of the book “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” and the co-writer/co-producer of the documentary film An American Ascent

James has written for the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine, and Wisconsin Trails. He is currently a contributor to National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, Appalachia Journal, Park Advocate, High Country News, the Guardian and Land & People. 

 

ADVISORS

 

STEVE WINTER   National Geographic Photographer, Big Cat Initiative 

VANCE MARTIN   President, The Wild Foundation

 

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