Salt Lake City, Utah – July 26, 2017 – Outdoor Afro, a national non-profit whose mission is to create and inspire Black leadership in nature, just announced its newest board member, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. Brune has been a long-standing supporter of Outdoor Afro.
“We are thrilled to have Michael join the board,” said CEO of Outdoor Afro, Rue Mapp. “His depth of knowledge and executive experience will be vital to our decision-making process and his national experience will be extremely valuable as Outdoor Afro continues to expand.”
Brune has served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club since March 2010. He has led efforts to organize volunteers for clean-up along the Gulf Coast after the BP oil disaster, overseen the organization’s Beyond Coal and Ready for 100 campaigns, promoted protection of natural resources and environmental justice, and led the push for justice and equity efforts within the Sierra Club. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network. His book, Coming Clean — Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal, details a plan for a new clean energy economy that will create well-paying jobs, promote environmental justice and bolster national security. Mr. Brune holds degrees in Economics and Finance from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
“I have watched Outdoor Afro grow from a small blog to a national organization that is changing the face of conservation. Outdoor Afro is poised for an exciting future and I am thrilled to join the Board and look forward to helping the team accelerate growth and lead the way for inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all,” said Mr. Brune.
Mr. Brune will be joining an experienced board with expertise in business, philanthropy, wildlife conservation and public lands stewardship.
About Outdoor Afro
Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature by helping people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet. Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with leadership networks around the country. With more than 60 leaders in 28 states, Outdoor Afro connects thousands of people to outdoor experiences, who are changing the face of conservation. For more information, visit www.outdoorafro.com.
About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.