DENVER— Nathan Fey, Director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office is leaving his post next month to lead water and land conservation efforts for the Mighty Arrow Family Foundation, a philanthropic venture created by New Belgium Brewing Co. founder Kim Jordan.
The Mighty Arrow Family Foundation was created after Jordan sold the New Belgium property to his employees. It funds initiatives in areas such as climate change, food systems, land and water management, and social justice.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Director of OREC for the past three years,” Fey said in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to directly support organizations doing important work to advance policy in areas I have long been passionate about. I am grateful to have stood up for the outdoor industry in Colorado and nationwide, and for the many projects we have supported through OREC that have had a real impact on our state.
According to a state press release, one of Fey’s accomplishments as head of OREC was the development of the University of Colorado’s Masters of Environment, a degree program for students interested in advancing the economics of the outdoor industry.
“The partnership Nathan has facilitated with CU has given our team a tool that will be used for years to help diversify and grow our rural communities,” Glenn Plagens, director of Colorado’s office of business support and rural opportunities Office of Economic Development and International Trade, said in the release. “We appreciate this legacy project that he helped create for all of us.”
OREC has not announced a successor to Fey.
Fey joined OREC in 2018 after a stint as Regional Director of the Colorado River Stewardship Program at American Whitewater, where he was responsible for program development, fundraising, grant writing and growth. of the affiliate network.
He also served as a public policy advisor for Berbur LLC, where he co-created the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation‘s industry governance structure, including membership engagement, regional partnership guidelines, and protocol for the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation. advisory board.
“I’m a sixth-generation Colorado native, and I spent a lot of time with my parents and grandparents exploring the backcountry of the state as a kid,” Fey told BizWest. when he was hired as director of OREC. “A constant theme in my life has been rivers. From rafting with my family to fly fishing, the waterways are what drew me to the outdoor recreation space.