Since 2004, Mike has steered the IMBA juggernaut as its President and USA Executive Director. He does so under the auspices and leadership of IMBA's volunteer board of directors. "It's a dream job and a privilege to combine one's personal passion with that of your vocational goals.", says Mike. His professional career spans over 30 years of not-for-profit work. "It's the dedication and generosity of volunteers and contributors that daily inspire me. And that makes the tough times and days when I wonder, 'Am I making a difference?', all come into perspective." "I am most fortunate to be part of a community that is making the world a better place."
Since IMBA’s inception, the question of bikes and Congressionally designated wilderness (“Wilderness”) compatibility has been examined, discussed, and acted upon (e.g., IMBA Land Protection Toolkit... Read More
Pictured above, L to R: IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and IMBA NorCal Region Director Laurel Harkness As the calendar clicked over to the new millennium... Read More