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Gregory Miller

President
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Greg has served as President of American Hiking Society since 2005 and has more than thirty years of experience in biodiversity conservation, sustainable recreation, and natural resources program and policy development. This includes a strong track record of exemplary conservation and recreation planning, public-private partnerships, non-profit management and capacity building at all levels. Prior to joining American Hiking, Dr. Miller led a distinguished executive career as Vice President at The Nature Conservancy, where for more than 15 years he developed the Conservancy’s conservation strategy and biodiversity project portfolio for South America and co-managed the Latin America and Caribbean Parks in Peril program. Under his leadership the Conservancy undertook landscape scale projects and best practices globally in energy and biodiversity, debt-for-nature swaps, and forest protection and climate change. He has served on the boards (including as board chair) of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded global Biodiversity Support Program, Global Energy and Biodiversity Initiative, Outdoor Alliance, The International Ecotourism Society, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, National Park Service Over-flight Advisory Group, and served as an environmental adviser for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development. A native of California, Greg is fluent in Spanish and English. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in botany and holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Miller was awarded a prestigious Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Greg lived and worked in the Galapagos Islands and the Andes for many years and has held a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship, hiking, and the outdoors. He is a long-standing volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
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Peter Olsen

Vice President for Programs & Government Relations
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Peter joined American Hiking in 2004. In addition to managing American Hiking’s membership and individual giving programs, he also oversees volunteer and trails programs. Peter brings to American Hiking experience in nonprofit management and development, policy and lobbying initiatives, and communications. Passionate about preserving the places he’s hiked and camped, Peter wants to ensure that future generations have that same opportunity. Formerly a Russian linguist with the U.S. Air Force, he received his BA in Business from the University of Maryland. He is also the former Executive Director of One Less Car, a Maryland bicycle and pedestrian advocacy nonprofit.
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Libby Wile

Director of Volunteer Programs
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Libby graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. degree in Marketing. Prior to joining AHS, she worked for over five years with a consulting firm as a recruiter and marketing specialist. She is passionate about the outdoors and takes advantage of any opportunity to run, bike, hike and explore the DC Metropolitan area in her free time. A Navy upbringing has instilled a love of travel in her and she enjoys discovering new cities and landscapes and the cultures that they represent. Libby is ecstatic to be putting her passion for nature and outdoor recreation to good use in her role at American Hiking.
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John Michels

Director of Communications and Trail Programs
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Growing up in the northeast, John spent many summers exploring the hiking trails in the Adirondacks. As American Hiking Society's Trail Programs Manager, John is using his outdoor experience and technical knowledge to successfully manage the National Trails Day and National Trails Fund® programs.
John graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy.
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Grace Hancock

Finance & Office Manager
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Grace graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Business Administration, and is very passionate about creating more sustainable communities for all to enjoy. Grace worked for four years with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, where one of her first and biggest projects included researching and compiling an exhaustive online Community Improvement Guide. She has also interned with a variety of nonprofits, diverse in size and mission. Grace is very eager to lend her business education and nonprofit experience to strengthening AHS’s office and finance operations.
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Dara Zaleski

Development Asistant
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Dara graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Policy. While at Rutgers, she volunteered for a term of service with AmeriCorps helping to plan community river clean-ups, and contributed as the Editor of an environmental focused student-run newsletter. Passionate about engaging others in everything that nature has to offer, Dara interned with American Hiking Society in 2012 under the Director of Development. After her internship, Dara gained greater insight into nonprofit fundraising as the Major and Planned Giving Associate with the Daughters of the American Revolution . Now, Dara is back at American Hiking Society as a full-time staff member and is excited to put her experiences to good use and get more people out on the trails!
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