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From high tech to key conservation

Posted by Jodi Broughton at Mar 07, 2013 05:14 PM |
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“I enjoy being outside. It’s where I ground myself, reset my priorities, calm my mind and stand in awe of the world I am fortunate enough to live in. We are privileged to live in such an awesome region, and I feel even more privileged to work with such an amazing organization to help protect it for generations to come.”

From high tech to key conservation

Conservation Northwest board member Alex Loeb brings high tech experience to key causes like ours.

At Conservation Northwest, we’re lucky to have board members who want to make a difference, steering our organization steadily towards a healthier, wilder future.

Alex Loeb is just that kind of person. Alex left the high tech world in 2004 to dedicate her time to environmental issues. We’re thrilled that Conservation Northwest has been one of her causes, both as a board member since 2003 and generous supporter since 1998.

“I enjoy being outside. It’s where I ground myself, reset my priorities, calm my mind and stand in awe of the world I am fortunate enough to live in. We are privileged to live in such an awesome region, and I feel even more privileged to work with such an amazing organization to help protect it for generations to come,” said Alex.

Alex was born in Georgia and holds a Bachelor’s in Math and Computer Science from Emory University in Atlanta. She headed for Seattle in 1988 to work for Microsoft and be in the region she loves. She worked for Microsoft for 15 years and was the company’s Vice President of Tablet PC.

“I learned a ton at Microsoft. What was constantly drilled into my head was the mantra to work smart, leverage all potential resources, and make data-based decisions, all things that Conservation Northwest excels at,” said Alex. “My non-technical skills lie in strategic leadership and facilitation. But really I just like to get things done, which is why I’m such a good fit with Conservation Northwest.”

We wholeheartedly agree! Her ability to focus a conversation and draw out key points was particularly valuable when she was board president from 2005 to 2009.

An all-around outdoor sports enthusiast, Alex enjoys everything from kayaking, biking, swimming and hiking in the summer, to every sort of skiing in the winter. Travel is high on the list, too. Seven years ago, she and her husband Ethan started living part time in Rossland, BC, where they love to cross country ski. “My husband, dog, and I all fell in love with the town, where we now reside, visiting Seattle often to stay plugged into the causes we care so much about,” said Alex. Ethan and Alex are now co-owners of the mountain bike trail and park creation company, Joyride Bike Parks, Inc. Alex co-chairs the board of Climate Solutions, is president of her local cross country ski club (Black Jack), is on the energy sub committee in Rossland, and is an active member of the NW Energy Angels investment group.

“Conservation Northwest has an incredibly hard working staff that does much with limited resources. They choose their projects very strategically and make science-based decisions. Their discipline--combined with their smarts--has enabled them to have a positive impact on the entire region. Their projects focus on their goals, leading them to take novel approaches and creating models for environmental groups nationwide to follow. I am honored to be part of their work,” said Alex.

“Plus I get to harass Mitch way more often by being on the board.”

You’re a huge reason we have tangible successes for conservation in the Northwest every year, Alex. Thank you.

 

Alex and Ethan play in the snow
Alex and Ethan play in the snow
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