New Executive Director of American Trails announced

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Mike Passo will lead American Trails


The board of American Trails is pleased to announce that, after a long and careful search, we have chosen Mike Passo as our new Executive Director.

Mike is eminently qualified for this position and we are excited for him to begin in this new and challenging role. He is eager to follow in Pam Gluck’s footsteps, and continue American Trails’ strong working relationships with all of our members, partner agencies, and organizations.

Mike comes from an extensive background in trails and is very familiar with American Trails from his recent years as a board member. He has conducted trainings and webinars on trail accessibility over the last 20 years. Many of you are familiar with Mike from his 10 years of working with the Professional TrailBuilders Association as their conference coordinator, workshop organizer, and executive director.

Mike has a BS in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, including three years course-work in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. Mike also brings many years of experience with water trails and paddling. He has led groups of all backgrounds on sea kayak expeditions in the Great Lakes region as well as the Northwest, and developed training on facilities and Universal Design for water trails.

Read more about Mike in his article "Set the stage for accessible water trails."

The American Trails Board and I look forward to working with Mike in the coming years. Mike will begin full time work with American Trails on January 1, 2017, and he will be available in a limited capacity throughout the rest of this year.
Our first order of business will be reviewing and setting our organization’s strategic direction. For that, we need your help. Over the next several months, Mike intends to reach out to all of our partners and members to engage the full spectrum of trails interests in helping to guide American Trails’ bright future.

If you have ideas for Mike, the Board, or staff, please do not hesitate to contact Mike at

Hope to see you at our International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio in May!

—John Favro, Chair, American Trails Board


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