Looking for leaders

Our thanks to retiring board members and a quest for new people to help the organization set course.


HCN is looking for a few new board members to help set our course for the next 50 years. The board has oversight of the organization’s governance and finances, and it collaborates with the staff to set our overall direction. We’re looking for expertise in strategic planning, digital product development, audience engagement, finance and fundraising.

It’s a significant commitment — and (fair warning) you won’t get paid for it. Board members are expected to attend three meetings per year and to serve on committees working year-round on topics such as fundraising, finance and equity. (Assistance is available for members who cannot afford to pay for travel to in-person meetings.) Terms last three years.

HCN is committed to creating an organization that reflects the diverse and changing West. We welcome candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including Black, Indigenous and all people of color, women, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people. For more information, go to hcn.org/about/jobs. To nominate yourself or someone you know, email [email protected].

Nicole Lampe
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We want to thank two wonderful people who are retiring from the board. Nicole Lampe, of Portland, Oregon, came to HCN a decade ago with mad skills in digital marketing and helped jumpstart our social media presence. She also brought a deep commitment to social justice and equity issues, encouraging HCN to revamp our internal practices to attract and retain a diverse workforce. Nicole is currently managing director of the Water Hub, which helps activists with communication strategies to advance water justice and community resilience.

Wayne Hare
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Wayne Hare, who grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, connected to the West while working as a ranger with the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado. Over the past decade, Wayne has gently cajoled HCN into expanding its coverage of race and culture in the West. He not only shepherded in our most diverse slate of new board members, but began writing his own series of essays on race for HCN, including a profile of Nicodemus, Kansas, one of the few Black frontier settlements in the West still holding on after 144 years, and a deep dive into Oregon’s racist roots, which manifest today in glaring disparities in wealth and homeownership. Wayne recently spun off this series into a nonprofit, “The Civil Conversations Project.” Check it out at thecivilconversationsproject.org. 

In our story, “High and dry” (March 2021), we reported that states are renegotiating the Colorado River Compact, which expires in 2026. It’s actually the current version of the legal agreement governing the river that is under discussion. In “The next mining boom” (March 2021), we misrepresented Maxine Redstar’s role on the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribal Council. She is a tribal chairperson, not a councilperson. We regret the errors.

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