Northwest Trail Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Juntu Oberg as our new President. Born in the Philippines, her family immigrated to Portland at a young age. Living in the area for most of her life, she will be the first woman of color to lead the organization. Paul Hobson was voted in as Vice President and Daniel Stewart as Secretary. Owen Rodabaugh will remain treasurer. Find more information about your entire leadership team HERE.
The entire team would like to thank Bob Lessard for his leadership in the six years he spent on the NWTA board. He was an active board member and our President. A few highlights of NWTA’s accomplishments under Bob’s leadership are: We have grown to over 4000 members. He also led the team that entered into groundbreaking land partnerships for the Klootchy Creek & Rocky Point trail systems & the Portland Parks natural areas stewardship agreement.
After 3 years of presidency, Bob hands over the role to his former VP, “Juntu’s strong leadership in advocacy and government relations signal a bright future for NWTA’s voice in recreation access and planning,” says Bob Lessard. Bob will continue in a senior leadership role as Executive Director of NWTA, where he will lead the organization in trail system development, membership management, sponsorship, and fundraising.
“Thank you to Bob for his extraordinary leadership that has positioned NWTA as the largest advocacy & trail stewardship nonprofit in the region. I am humbled and honored to take this next step to continue the work that our entire organization has been building. This pandemic has taught us all how important access to the outdoors is…for everyone. Support from NWTA volunteers, members & sponsors continually inspire me to give back to the sport that has given me so much.” says Juntu
The Northwest Trail Alliance is a nonprofit organization advocating for access to trails, building trails, and maintaining trails for over 30 years. Serving roughly a 60-mile radius extending from the Oregon coast, into parts of Southern Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St Helens National Monument, and to the Western foothills of Mount Hood National Forest, while working with approximately 10 federal, state, county, and municipal land management agencies, as well as private land managers. To get involved or learn how to become a member, head HERE.