Posted by: Stan Russell | August 19, 2022

VWA Welcomes New Executive Director Mike Chamberlain


Just prior to coming on board, Mike (center) volunteered to support a trail crew led by
Betsy MacGowan and Brian Robinson. Here they are near Mocho Camp on the Big Sur Trail.

VWA Welcomes New Executive Director Mike Chamberlain

The Board of Directors of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of new executive director Mike Chamberlain. Mike comes to us with over 25 years of environmental and conservation nonprofit leadership under his belt, including a 22-year stint at the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, where he drove public messaging for 2+ million annual visitors.

VWA Board chair David Jacobs summed up Mike’s qualifications: “For over 20 years, Mike has been a conservation leader in the Monterey Bay Area. He brings to the VWA a commitment to public lands, deep experience in execution of conservation programs, and organizational management skills. His expertise will accelerate the VWA mission of protecting the Big Sur backcountry at this pivotal time.”

Reflecting on his new role, Mike shared that, “The VWA’s singular focus on protecting the Big Sur backcountry was a key reason I was so energized to join the VWA family of staff, volunteers and loyal supporters. The need to educate and advocate for the preservation of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas has never been greater—I’m so proud to play a role in its stewardship alongside the passionate, dedicated VWA team.”

Mike and his family have called Carmel Valley Village home for over 20 years. Mike can be reached at mike — feel free to drop him a line. He’s always happy to chat about our important work, and how you can get involved and support it. Please join the VWA board and staff in welcoming Mike to the Alliance.

Our Contact Information
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
PO Box 506
Santa Cruz, CA 95061


Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100

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