Vice President of Public Engagement, Patagonia
RICK RIDGEWAY is Patagonia’s vice president of public engagement and, as one of the company’s key spokespersons, represents and promotes the company’s mission to “Save our Home Planet.” During his 15-year tenure at the company, he has worked with teams to develop and launch environmental and sustainability initiatives, including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign, and Worn Wear. He was also founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, today the largest apparel, footwear, and home textile trade organization in the world. In addition, Ridgeway is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. Along with three companions, he was the first American to summit K2, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents. The author of six books and numerous magazine stories, and producer and director of dozens of television shows, he was honored by National Geographic with their Lifetime Achievement in Adventure Award. Ridgeway serves on the boards of Tompkins Conservation and the Turtle Conservancy.