Our Team

Jessica Wahl, Outdoor Recreation Rountable Executive Director

Jessica (Wahl) Turner


Jessica (Wahl) Turner is the first President of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), America’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation associations and organizations. Under her leadership, ORR has connected all segments of the outdoor recreation economy to pass historical legislation like the Great American Outdoors Act and achieve millions of dollars in funding for public lands, waters and rural gateway communities. Jessica has over a decade of experience navigating the halls of The White House, Department of the Interior (DOI), Capitol Hill, state recreation offices and outdoor lifestyle businesses. Prior to ORR, she directed Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) outdoor recreation portfolio in Washington D.C. where she successfully gained landmark government recognition of outdoor recreation’s contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product as one of America’s leading industry sectors. Jessica began her career at the Department of the Interior where she managed external relations for the Secretary, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside and Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiatives. Jessica is also the co-founder and past-chair of the Coalition for Outdoor Access, serves on the Board of the American Conservation Coalition, Advisory Council of Oregon State University’s Outdoor Economy Program, Business Advisory Council for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has been recognized for her leadership in D.C. and the outdoor industry with Outdoors’ 30 Under 30 and the Hill’s Top Lobbyist. Jessica has a Master of Arts and bachelor’s degree in American Government from Georgetown University and is a passionate outdoorswoman.

Whitney Potter Schwartz

Senior Vice President of Communications and Operations

Whitney Potter Schwartz is Senior Vice President of Communications & Operations at Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, where she oversees branding and communications, strategy, and events. She supports ORR’s development and operations goals through new partnerships and elevating ORR’s policy objectives for the outdoor economy at the national level. She is also focused on building a sustainability and climate strategy for the outdoor recreation economy and developing relationships to elevate recreation in the national dialogue.

Whitney brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ORR, having held significant roles in strategic communications in the non-profit and political sectors. Whitney’s impressive background includes over fourteen years working in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. She also worked as the Communications Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and as a Communications and Publications Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico.

Chris Perkins

Vice President of Programs

Chris Perkins is Vice President of Programs at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, where he works to promote the sustainable growth of the outdoor recreation economy. This work focuses on rural economic development through outdoor recreation, outdoor recreation infrastructure, state outdoor recreation advocacy, the outdoor recreation workforce, and building a more inclusive outdoor recreation community. Chris received a Masters in Environmental Management and Masters in Business Administration at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and Yale School of Management (SOM). Chris has also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Chris supports Founder Teresa Baker on the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge (“The Pledge”), a commitment for outdoor businesses and organizations to improve DEI efforts. The Pledge now has over 180 corporate and nonprofit partners. He lives in Jackson, WY with his wife Sheldon, kids Silas and Molly, and dog Tilley.

Ambreen Tariq

Senior Program Director

Ambreen Tariq is the Senior Program Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. She is a non-practicing attorney and her areas of focus include workforce, rural development, DEIA, and state offices of outdoor recreation. She is also the founder of Brown People Camping, an initiative that advocates for greater diversity in outdoor recreation through storytelling and exploring the root causes of barriers to access. Prior to joining ORR she served 15 years in federal service including the Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Our Board

Frank Hugelmeyer

President, National Marine Manufacturers Association

Glenn Hughes

Vice Chair
President, American Sportfishing Association

Mary Ellen Sprenkel

President & CEO, The Corps Network

Erik Pritchard

President, Motorcycle Industry Council

Phil Ingrassia

Past Chair
President, RV Dealers Association

James Frye

At-large Member
Past President and Chairman, Association of Marina Industries

Paul Bambei

At-large Member
President & CEO, Outdoor Hospitality Industry

Jenn Dice

At-large Member
President & CEO, PeopleForBikes

Kent Ebersole

At-large Member
Executive Director, Outdoor Industry Association

Dan Forster

At-large Member
Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, Archery Trade Association

Matt Gruhn

At-large Member
President, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

Tom Ingram

At-large Member
President & CEO, Diving Equipment & Marketing Association

Craig Kirby

At-large Member
President & CEO, RV Industry Association

Jaret Smith

At-large Member
President, International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

Heather Lougheed

At-large Member
President, BoatU.S. Foundation

Mindy Meade-Meyers

At-large Member
Executive Director, National Park Hospitality Association

Kelly Pawlak

At-large Member
President, National Ski Areas Association

Eric Snyder

At-large Member
Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs, Specialty Equipment Market Association

Nick Sargent

At-large Member
President, SnowSports Industries America