Ben Steele
Ben Steele is the Senior Vice President & Chief Creative Officer for REI and a member of the NatureBridge Board of Directors. Ben also serves on the University of Washington Advisory Board and the Obliteride Board. Ben first heard of NatureBridge through other present and past members of the REI Board who helped him become more involved to get more children outside to discover our national parks.
 
Growing up in southwest Idaho, Ben always had nature present in his life. As he grew older, Ben began to appreciate the connection he’d always felt and became increasingly aware of the barriers to outdoor spaces that many kids experience. Through his involvement as a NatureBridge board member, Ben hopes to contribute his years of expertise in branding and marketing to help NatureBridge achieve its goals. Ben hopes that through his contributions, he will be able to allow more kids to experience the incredible health, mental, and societal benefits that nature has to offer, regardless of students’ income or geographic location. Ben currently resides in Seattle, Washington. Follow Ben on Instagram at @seabendy2.