Cotopaxi, a certified B Corp., announced its Do Good Ambassadors—a group of mentors, humanitarians, environmentalists, creators, and community leaders. “These ambassadors are an extension of Cotopaxi’s brand and mission to harness the power of adventure to make the world a better place,” said Cotopaxi.
(Ambassador bios were provided by Cotopaxi in a release.)
- “Surfer, veteran, and nonprofit founder Mario Ordonez-Calderon is inspired by humans’ symbiotic relationship with nature. Mario believes that mountains and oceans give us clarity, calm and connection and that it is our duty to protect them. This notion sparked the genesis of Un Mar De Colores, his nonprofit focused on inspiring inclusivity and celebrating diversity through surf therapy for children of color and/or underserved youth.
- “Disabilities activist, runner and nonprofit founder Nicole Ver Kuilen is driving access and awareness for adaptive sports. Nicole lost her leg to bone cancer at age 10 and was denied access to a running prosthesis by her health insurance. That moment propelled Nicole on a global journey and life mission to expand access to assistive technology for the disability community. Nicole is now an ambassador for nonprofit ROMP, bringing access to prosthetic care in Ecuador and Guatemala, as well as the founder of the nonprofit advocacy organization, Forrest Stump, with the mission of promoting adaptive sports and fitness devices for people with limb loss and other physical disabilities.
- “Mountaineers, world record holder, and school founders Tashi and Nungshi Malik are working to empower girls and women to participate in outdoor and mountain sports. To maximize their impact in their homeland of South Asia, the Malik’s started the NungshiTashi Foundation in 2015. Founded to encourage equal and active participation of women in the outdoors by providing public school programs and adventure activities that build confidence, leadership skills, and outdoor livelihoods.
- “Scientist, conservationist, and television host, Danni Washington, works as a full-time science communicator at the intersection of science and the public. She uses her expert knowledge to educate and entertain the world specifically about the importance of environmental conservation. Danni is also the co-founder of Big Blue & You, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine science education through the arts and media.
- “Volunteers, adventure travelers and community leaders, Matt Grooms and Grace Nesseth use social media to spread positivity, create change and make an impact. Matt and Grace Walked Across America in 2020 and fell in love with the United States and the people in it. They decided to buy a short bus, turned it into their home,and are now spending 30 days in each of the 50 states exploring hidden gems, meeting kind humans and most importantly helping a local nonprofit in each state.
- “Lauren Ferree is a climate activist, environmental storyteller, producer, and community leader. Born and raised in California with familial roots in Argentina, Lauren has an affinity for the beach and ocean and working with the Surfrider Foundation to help protect those ecosystems was her entry into the environmental space. Lauren dedicates her time to educating others on the climate and global waste crisis while sharing inspiring, sustainable steps individuals can do to harness our power, take action, and demand change.”
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