NatureBridge Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors

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Ian Yolles and Christina Shea bring expertise in sustainability, brand strategy and management to residential environmental education organization.

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, with headquarters in San Francisco, today announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors: Christina Shea, retired executive vice president for external relations at General Mills and president of the General Mills Foundation; and Ian Yolles, chief sustainability officer at Recyclebank.

“Christina and Ian collectively bring extensive experience in sustainability, environmental issues, public policy and management, which will benefit NatureBridge as we expand our role as a leader in the field of environmental education,” said Susan Smartt, president and CEO of NatureBridge. “We are fortunate to have them join our board and we look forward to working with them as NatureBridge identifies new opportunities to drive awareness about the importance of environmental literacy and to connect more youth to the natural world.”

Christina Shea recently retired from General Mills and the General Mills Foundation, where she oversaw corporate communications, government relations and community action initiatives. Shea joined General Mills in 1976 and held positions in several divisions of the company throughout her career, including Yoplait, Gold Medal and Betty Crocker. She currently serves on the board of directors for Feeding America and holds a bachelor of science in sociology from Boston College and a master of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Ian Yolles serves as chief sustainability officer for Recyclebank, where he is responsible for ensuring the company’s sustainability agenda is integrated into all aspects of its brand strategy, consumer experience and partnerships. Previously, Yolles cofounded the innovative social venture apparel company Nau, after serving in senior brand marketing roles for Nike and Patagonia. He holds a bachelor of arts from Antioch College, received a postgraduate research fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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About NatureBridge
Founded in 1971 as Yosemite Institute and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the leader in residential field science and environmental education for America’s youth. Its mission is to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. A signature partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge currently operates campuses in Yosemite National Park; Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Olympic National Park in Washington State; Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; and Channel Islands National Park, collectively serving more than 40,000 participants annually through field science, youth leadership and teacher training programs. NatureBridge partners with a diverse mix of corporate, environmental, education, federal and state organizations also focused on nurturing environmental stewardship, including Clif Bar, Google, Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Education Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle and REI. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, log on to


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