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Katherine worked for IMBA in various marketing and communications roles from 2010-2018.
For Immediate Release 6/10/2015
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115
IMBA has hired an Associate Region Director for its Pacific Northwest Region, encompassing parts of Washington and all of Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii. Matthew Weintraub began June 1 in this role and will be based out of Portland, Oregon, working closely with IMBA Northern California Region Director Laurel Harkness.
Weintraub will serve IMBA’s 16 chapters in the region as well as other mountain bike trail access and community building needs. He is focused on cultivating volunteer leadership in area mountain bike groups, coordinating regional advocacy efforts and expanding and strengthening land management agency partnerships, among many other things.
“I was incredibly fortunate to have developed a passion for mountain biking as a teenager,” said Weintraub. “I love the natural world around us and being on my bike. To combine those two areas of such unbridled joy in a sustainable manner is what draws me to mountain biking day in and day out. My goals with IMBA are to preserve and enhance access to trails and also to provide opportunities for those new to mountain biking to experience the sport.”
Weintraub was most recently an instructor at the Bush School, a private K-12 institution in Seattle, and the events coordinator for his local mountain bike group. He has extensive land management experience with the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and this year completed his Master’s Degree in Forest Ecosystem Analysis at the University of Washington.
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