Board Member

Gavin is a Utah native who has had the great fortune of growing up hiking, skiing, and enjoying the Wasatch since childhood. In college, Gavin majored in Japanese and Environmental Science at the University of Michigan. He has worked for several non-profits on land protection and toward strengthening communities in Utah. Gavin served as Executive Director of Save Our Canyons from 1998-2002, and received the Alexis Kelner Conservation Award in 2003. He is currently the Utah Program Director for Round River Conservation Studies working with Native American tribes on wildlife and public land conservation. Additionally, Gavin studied wood fired ceramics in Japan and has a studio and kiln where he produces functional art.

He is currently Executive Director at Utah Diné Bikéyah working with Native American tribes to protect public lands and heal the earth in and around Bears Ears National Monument. Gavin is married and has two children who are also enjoying the trails, wildlife, and scenery of the Wasatch. Gavin’s favorite canyon? Hint: Black bears nibble the elderberries just 10 miles upstream from where this canyon’s river is now “daylighted” inside a shopping mall.