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Protect Our Winters Adds New Board Members: Donna Carpenter, Jamie McJunkin, Peter McBride and Lukas Haynes Join POW Board of Directors

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Protect Our Winters Adds New Board Members

Donna Carpenter, Jamie McJunkin, Peter McBride and Lukas Haynes
Join POW Board of Directors

Pacific Palisades, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2015 – Protect Our Winters (POW), the organization engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change, announces the appointment of four new members to its board of directors.

“2015 will be a crucial point in the battle against climate change, and we’re truly honored and excited to be adding these new members to our board. With them, we’re positioned well to elevate our effectiveness of unifying the winter sports community to address the threat of global climate change,” said POW”s Executive Director Chris Steinkamp.


The new board members include: 

Donna Carpenter, President, Burton Snowboards

Donna Carpenter and her husband Jake Burton Carpenter are the sole owners of Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company. Since 1982, Donna has held a multitude of roles at Burton, which originally operated out of her Vermont barn and now has offices in Vermont, Japan, Austria, California and Australia. During the past three decades, she has built snowboards, answered phones, expanded Burton’s market to Europe and held the CFO position. Now, Donna has taken on even more responsibilities as the President of Burton, assuming leadership of the company’s global human resources. Donna is also heading up the non-profit Chill Foundation, which she and Jake founded back in 1995 to bring snowboarding to youth who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. In addition, Donna continues to oversee all efforts to ensure that Burton is an employer and brand of choice for women. Through Donna’s leadership, Burton established new women’s marketing, product and creative initiatives to drive the women’s business and created internal programs that focus on retaining and promoting women. On top of all this, Donna snowboards and spends time with her three sons and Jake as much as possible.

Lukas Haynes, Executive Director, David Rockefeller Fund

Lukas is Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund but he left part of his heart in the ski instructor locker room at Park City, Utah (1989-90). He is the proud parent of an expert child skier, Jimmy, and lives with his wife Maura in Montclair, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Climate and Security and the Climate and Energy Funders Group. He was previously board chair of the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute and Independent Diplomat, which helps small island nations deal with the existential threat of climate change. Lukas spent the past eight years as vice president at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, where he proudly co-funded the People’s Climate March, and served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department from 2000-01. He has co-authored articles on climate change with Auden Schendler and written on numerous policy issues during his work for the MacArthur Foundation and Oxfam.

Pete McBride, Photographer, Filmmaker

Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker, he has traveled on assignment to over 70 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Audubon, Stern, GEO and companies like Patagonia, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy and more.

After a decade working abroad and completely a journalism fellowship at Stanford, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over four years documenting his backyard river — the Colorado. This journey culminated in a coffee table book: “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict”, and a series of short films “Chasing Water”, “I AM RED” and “Delta Dawn”. He now focuses his lenses and energies on watershed issues and related stories around the world to raise awareness about freshwater challenges. 

His work as a photographer and filmmaker have garnered awards from Pictures of the Year International to the Banff Mountain Film Festival and many more. American Photo Magazine named Pete as one of the top five water photographers in the nation and in 2014 after completing a story following the length of India’s Ganges River, The National Geographic Society named McBride a “freshwater hero”.

When not lost on assignment or doing public speaking, you can find McBride exploring the creeks and mountains in the Rocky Mountains, or practicing mandolin on his back porch in Basalt, Colorado.

You can see samples of Pete’s work at:

Jamie McJunkin, Founder and General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners

Jamie McJunkin is a founder and general partner at Madrone Capital Partners, a private investment firm that invests on behalf of members of the Walton Family. Jamie leads Madrone’s efforts in sustainability and alternative energy, and is currently an active investor or board member at Achates Power, Bloom Energy, eHarmony, Enphase, Strava, Sunrun, and Wasserman Media Group. He is a member of the advisory board of several investment management firms, including Rockport Capital Partners and The Global Environment Fund. An avid pilot, Jamie also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. Jamie earned an A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Truckee, CA and is a passionate cyclist and skier.

The new board members join professional athletes Conrad Anker, Gretchen Bleiler, Chris Davenport and Jeremy Jones, Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, Winston Binch, partner at Deutsch Advertising, Ryan Gellert, GM Patagonia Europe, Joani Lynch, director of communications, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science and affiliated professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Penn Newhard, partner, Backbone Media and Dr. Anne Nolin, professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University


Protect Our Winters (POW) is the environmental center point of the winter sports community, united together towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and mountain economies. Founded in 2007, POW focused on youth education, advocacy and community activism. For more information, visit


Protect Our Winters

Chris Steinkamp, Executive Director

(303) 815-2057