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Benjamin Harwood, Development Director — Benjamin (Ben) Harwood is a longtime outdoor enthusiast and nonprofit professional for conservation, environmental education, youth and recreation, parks and public lands, and community outreach programs serving diverse audiences. Ben launched his career many years ago as director of a nonprofit wilderness youth program he had previously attended as a child, and apart from a couple of years living in Hawaii, has primarily worked as a development officer for Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Ben is grateful for the many opportunities he had in his youth to go backpacking and surfing, and even once had a job taking visitors on 3-hour paddling tours on the Huleia River within a national wildlife refuge on Kauai. Those rich, formative outdoor experiences, combined with a meaningful career representing organizations working to expand such opportunities for underrepresented populations, is what continues to inspire Ben’s work and commitment to help provide the resources ETC needs to fulfill its powerful mission.