COWPL is a niche organization with a broad perspective. Collectively our organization has over 100 years' experience with public lands management. Differentiated by our technical expertise and nerdiness, we know the processes and we mobilize people.

Founded in 2014, Colorado Wild Public Lands is led by a seven-person volunteer Board of Directors, assisted by 2 staff members. Our Board meets quarterly on the first Wednesday of the month, beginning in January. We invite all our members and other interested parties to join us at regular meetings and special events.

Stefanie Davis

President

Stefanie is a marketing and public relations professional, with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. She has worked in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and for the Aspen Community Foundation, communicating their messages to the public. She advocates for true transparency from government and nonprofit organizations. Stefanie lives in Glenwood Springs, and also serves on the Glenwood Springs Arts and Culture Board.

James Katzenberger

Vice-President

James is a Roaring Fork valley local. Currently he lives in Carbondale with his young family. James brings many talents to the COWPL Board including his in-depth experience with new technologies. James is also a talented musician and teacher of classical guitar. His full bio is pending a break from being a busy Dad.

Jean Perry

Treasurer

Jean is a writer, publisher, and community activist living in Carbondale, Colorado. As a native of the Roaring Fork valley, Jean grew up hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains and she developed a strong stewardship of the land, as we all belong to it; not the other way around. Jean has been on the board of Colorado Wild Public Lands for five years.

Anne Rickenbaugh

Board Member

Anne is a 5th generation Colorado native with a breadth of experience on public lands. With a BA in Government and an MS in Environmental Policy, Anne has worked as a consultant on energy policy and economics. Her service on the Pitkin County Agricultural Board and for the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program has provided Anne extensive experience with interactions between private and public landowners, land regulation, stewardship and management.

Hawk Greenway

Board Member

Hawk Greenway has traveled extensively in the wild country of the American West. He's lived in Aspen for 25 years, having served on the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board, and as manager of the Alfred Braun Hut System. Hawk is a commercially rated pilot for bush and sea planes, and he flies to monitor easements for land conservation organizations. He has a Masters of Science Degree in Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington. Hawk believes that an American West of mixed private and public lands is a treasure to be maintained for all.

Nina Itin

Board Member

A fifth generation Coloradan, Nina is a long time advocate for open spaces and public lands. After a stint in California working with a variety of land conservation and parks conservancies, Nina returned to Denver and is a Co-founder of the High Line Canal Conservancy, a partnership with Denver Water to preserve and protect the High Line Canal and its trail as a beloved recreational amenity for the Denver Metro region. Through this work the reality of the struggle many people face to find places to connect to nature became a paramount concern. Protecting our wild public lands became an even greater one. An avid hiker and skier, Nina now lives in Basalt with her husband, where she has served as the director of the Sopris Foundation and is on the Board of the Basalt Library Trust.

Franz Froelicher

Board Member

When Franz returned to Colorado from Alaska in 1975, he committed to stewardship of wild places in this state. With a B.S. from Colorado State University, Franz has a background in natural resource management as well as 10 years teaching and coaching at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He owns and operates Blue Heron Forge. Previously a member of the Pitkin County Open Space And Trails Board, Franz co-founded Colorado Wild Public Lands to address a critical link in protecting public lands - the federal land exchange process.