Mt. Adams Institute Seeks a New Leader

by | Field Notes

Mt. Adams Institute (MAI) is recruiting a new executive director. Current leader, Brendan Norman, announced his resignation effective May 1, 2022. Norman, along with MAI’s founding board of directors, created the organization in 2011.

MAI, a nonprofit organization based in Trout Lake, WA, operates a variety of programs that strengthen the connection between people and the natural world. MAI’s Summer Camp and Sense of Place Lecture Series serve many residents in the Columbia River Gorge region. MAI’s VetsWork and Public Lands Stewards programs provide career development opportunities to veterans and young adults interested in public lands and natural resource management jobs.

Over Norman’s tenure, MAI has grown in scale and scope every year. The organization currently operates with a budget of nearly $2,000,000, which supports eleven staff members and over 70 participants in its career development programs. MAI, also, reaches over 2,000 people annually through its education programs.

Brendan has been a great leader for the organization since it began. He helped turn a conceptual idea into a real organization that operates highly effective programs across the country. Part of his success is evident in the strength and resiliency of MAI. While we will miss him, we are in great shape for a new executive director to lead us into a new phase,” reports Elizabeth Holmes Gaar, MAI Board President.

“I am so proud of MAI’s accomplishments over the years which stem from the work of an incredible staff and board. I’m confident that we’ll find a new leader that will build upon the successes of the past decade,” says Brendan Norman.

MAI has launched a national search for a replacement. Information about the opening can be found at:

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