Greg is a true social entrepreneur, visionary, and innovator. He also has the practical skills, “can do” attitude and attention to detail to get things done. His passion for connecting people to each other and to the natural world by sharing life’s many adventures is truly inspirational. As the Founder and Executive Director of WI, Greg has directed the programs' growth and development since 1978, collaborating with many along the way to build a world-class organization that has directly served more than 350,000 and touched the lives of millions more.
In addition to being the chief architect of Wilderness Inquiry's mission and programming, including the groundbreaking Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures and the “Canoemobile,” he has personally instructed over 300 wilderness experiences throughout the world, integrating people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Greg recognizes the personal, socio-economic, and cultural differences among people, but he focuses on their common humanity and connects with virtually everyone regardless of where they came from.
Greg has always believed in the importance of connecting people with each other and to the land. He is especially adept at getting people to get out and do things no one thought possible. Greg fits his Meyers-Briggs profile as an “ENTJ” to a “T.” When greeting Wilderness Inquiry staff members, Greg is well known for asking, "are you excited!' His enthusiasm for the mission of WI is definitely contagious!
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Founder and Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry
BA, Psychology St. John's University, 1978
MBA, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 1991
Greg is a an Adjunct Professor in the University of Minnesota’s school of Kinesiology, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Disability Funders Network, Midlothian, VA. He has served on the boards of the Ann Bancroft Foundation, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Risen Christ School, and several others. Greg and WI have received many awards, including the Non-Profit Excellence Award for large organizations from the MN Council of Non-Profits in 2012, and the Paul Petzoldt Wilderness Educator Award from the Wilderness Education Society in 2012.
Anything outdoors, travel, collaborating with good people and organizations, photography, fishing, hunting, aquariums, bicycling, blue grass music, writing, walking and being with friends and family, exploring new things.