Heather Thorne Named Access Fund Executive Director
2 mins read

Heather Thorne Named Access Fund Executive Director

The Access Fund, a national advocacy organization that protects America’s climbing areas, has announced Heather Thorne as its new Executive Director. Thorne, who previously served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer, will now lead the Access Fund in its mission to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment.

Thorne brings with her a wealth of experience in financial management and nonprofit leadership. In her previous role at the Access Fund, she played a crucial role in expanding the organization’s financial resources and operational capacity. Her commitment to the climbing community and her strategic vision for the organization made her the ideal candidate to lead the Access Fund into the future.

In a statement regarding her new position, Thorne expressed her excitement to take on the role of Executive Director and to continue the Access Fund’s work in preserving climbing access and the environment. She highlighted the importance of collaboration with local climbing communities, land managers, and other stakeholders to ensure the long-term sustainability of climbing areas across the country.

The Access Fund has been instrumental in protecting and preserving climbing areas for over 25 years. Through its efforts in land conservation, policy advocacy, and stewardship, the organization has established itself as a leading voice for the climbing community. Under Thorne’s leadership, the Access Fund will continue to expand its impact and address the evolving challenges facing climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Thorne’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the climbing community, as the sport continues to grow in popularity and face increasing pressures from land management issues, environmental concerns, and access restrictions. Her leadership will be instrumental in navigating these challenges and ensuring that climbers have a voice in the protection and management of their outdoor spaces.

With Thorne at the helm, the Access Fund is poised to build on its successes and further its mission of conserving climbing areas, advocating for access, and promoting responsible outdoor recreation. Her strategic leadership, combined with the organization’s dedicated staff and passionate community of climbers, will undoubtedly drive the Access Fund’s continued impact and growth in the years to come.

The climbing community eagerly looks forward to the new chapter under Heather Thorne’s leadership, and remains committed to working alongside the Access Fund to protect and preserve the places we love to climb. Her appointment signals a strong and promising future for the organization and for climbers across the country.