The Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) is adding former IMBA board president John Bliss to its own board of directors ahead of the group’s proposed legislation regarding the ban on bicycles in wilderness. Read the full press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Boulder, Colo. – January 21, 2016 – Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) is pleased to announce the addition of Boulder, Colorado’s John Bliss to the organization’s board of directors. He joins current board members Jeff Barker, Jane Ragan, Jackson Ratcliffe, David Simon and Ted Stroll. A fervent endurance athlete who competes in long-distance mountain bike events and cyclocross competitions across the country, Bliss served as President of the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) board of directors from February of 2009 to September, 2010.
Bliss’s Beltway resume includes roles as Minority Chief Counsel to the Technology and Law Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as well as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Hank Brown (R-Colo.). He has also functioned as executive director of an international trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C., facilitating the passage of more than 22 state laws and two pieces of federal legislation during his tenure.
“We’re delighted to add John to the team. His background in mountain biking advocacy, his interaction with the federal-government and his considerable experience in the legal arena bring invaluable expertise to STC’s board,” offers Ted Stroll, co-founder of STC. “His addition is particularly well-timed as it coincides with our group’s introduction of the Human-Powered Wildlands Travel Management Act of 2016.”
“Mountain biking and cycling advocacy are topics for which I have great passion,” states Bliss. “As STC’s legislation nears introduction, I feel that my operational experience at the intersection of law, politics, technology and policy on or around Capitol Hill will prove particularly useful to the group.”
He is currently General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for the technology company Atigeo Corporation, of Bellevue, Wash., whose flagship software is the intelligent Big Data platform, xPatterns. The co-holder of three U.S. patents, Bliss is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a member of the District of Columbia and Hawaii State Bars.
For more information regarding The Sustainable Trails Coalition and the Human-Powered Wildlands Travel Management Act of 2016, please visit www.sustainabletrailscoalition.org. Media inquiries may be directed to [email protected]