Big City Mountaineers™ Hires Executive Director


10/19/10 – Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit on a mission to enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences, has appointed a new executive director, Lisa Mattis. Lisa will spearhead the organization’s efforts to serve more youth through its one-to‐one wilderness mentoring expeditions with adult volunteers.

"Big City Mountaineers is an exceptional organization, and I’m excited to lead this dedicated team. Our programs deliver measurable positive impact on urban teen’s lives." says Mattis. "We are grateful to our sponsors, partners, donors and volunteers for the consistent support they have provided for our programs. Each year, hundreds of dedicated adults support our mission by volunteering with BCM—either participating in a summer expedition or joining one of our Summit for Someone climbs benefiting our programs."

Prior to this role at Big City Mountaineers, Ms. Mattis was the National Director of Individual Giving at Outward Bound USA. Lisa also has a long history with BCM, having served as a member of the Board of Directors and participated as an adult volunteer on BCM’s week-long wilderness expeditions.

Skip Yowell, BCM Board member and founder of Jansport, comments, “The Board feels confident in our future and in Lisa’s unique ability to provide vision and direction. We’re looking forward to continuing to impact in the lives of under‐served urban youth.”

BCM Board president Jeff Weidman adds, “Our goal at BCM is to transform the lives of as many kids as we can through wilderness experiences with caring adult mentors. We’re thrilled to have the kind of leadership, skills and expertise that Lisa brings in fundraising and relationship-building. In lock-step with our stakeholders, we look forward to taking BCM to the next level.”

Lisa joins BCM at an exciting time as BCM is launching its 2011 Summit for Someone program with a full line up of benefit climbs, with registration open on October 1, 2010. Summit for Someone climbers take on two challenges—climbing a majestic peak and raising money to underwrite BCM’s programs allowing more kids the opportunity to have their own life-changing outdoor experiences.

About Big City Mountaineers: BCM is devoted to working exclusively with under-resourced urban teens by using the outdoors as a transformational element in their lives. BCM delivers life-changing outdoor experiences to hundreds of teens every year with a unique curriculum focused on improving self-esteem, motivation, decision—making, and communication skills. BCM runs its recreational mentoring programs in selected urban centers throughout the country, including Denver, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, and the San Francisco Bay Area. BCM also runs Summit for Someone; a series of benefit climbs that support the BCM mission. Learn more at and