Meet Our Policy Team

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
John Dickey | Indian Creek, UT

This is the team working on the front lines to protect America's public climbing areas.

Brady Robinson, Executive Director
As Executive Director of the Access Fund, Brady has been an integral member of the policy team since 2007. He works with the staff and board to define the organization's policy objectives and strategy. Brady works to build broad coalitions across conservation, recreation, and industry groups, greatly expanding the voice and influence of the climbing community. As founding board chairman of the Outdoor Alliance (OA), he led the successful transition of OA from an ad hoc group to a growing non-profit organization that serves as the national mouthpiece for human-powered recreation. His 2012 TEDx talk served as a rallying cry for recreation advocates to play a greater role in the conservation movement. As the main spokesperson for the Access Fund, he appears regularly in print, online, at conferences and has testified before Congress. He has a B.A in Philosophy and has been climbing nationally and internationally for nearly 30 years. He believes it is possible to break through the schisms that have traditionally separated conservation, environmental, recreation, and business interests by collaboratively creating a shared vision of our future.

Erik Murdock, Policy Director
As Access Fund’s Policy Director, Erik Murdock represents the Access Fund and Outdoor Alliance on Capitol Hill. Erik works closely with the Executive Director to set the Access Fund’s policy strategy. He works on the front lines, representing climbers’ interests and values in Washington, DC and monitoring activities on Capitol Hill to identifying possible threats (and opportunities) to climbing access and conservation. Erik works to develop and maintains collaborative relationships with federal land management agencies and conservation organizations. He also acts as GIS Lab Director at Outdoor Alliance, providing land managers and policy makers with powerful data about recreational resources to help them make smarter decisions. A well-traveled climber for nearly three decades, Erik has a MS in Geology and a PhD in Natural Resource Studies with a minor in Environmental Psychology. He has worked for the University of Arizona, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. While working as a social scientist at Joshua Tree National Park, Erik completed a 3-year quantitative and qualitative doctoral dissertation on fixed anchors in wilderness. His career has focused on public lands, wilderness management, recreation policy, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Jason Keith, Senior Policy Advisor
Jason Keith is the Senior Policy Advisor at the Access Fund. Jason is an attorney, founder of Public Land Solutions (a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive recreation planning and stakeholder coordination), and owner of Jason Keith Consulting, LLC, a government relations firm catering to mid-size non-profit/public interest organizations with a need for Federal and State level representation on policy issues affecting public lands. Jason has negotiated national agreements with US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management, submitted Congressional testimony on public lands legislation, founded and represented non-profits on federal agency rule making, and submitted dozens of NEPA comments letters concerning public land management proposals around the country. With over fifteen years of experience developing and maintaining contacts with Congressional offices and land managers in Washington, DC and around the country, Jason has also worked with an established network of non-profit organizations in the recreation, conservation, and outdoor industry communities and lobbied both Federal and State legislators in support of conservation and recreational access to public lands. For over 35 years, Jason has travelled to more than 20 countries in search of rock climbing and mountaineering objectives.

Katie Goodwin, Public Lands Associate
Katie has over twelve years of experience as an environmental scientist and environmental policy analyst. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University. Katie has published research on recreational impacts to water quality and watersheds in glacial environments and sat on peer review boards for academic publications. As a professional environmental scientist Katie has extensive experience writing and analyzing NEPA documents. She has spent ten years conducting environmental field studies on federal lands throughout the western United States and Alaska, leading water quality, wildlife, fisheries, vegetation, and wetland baseline studies and remediation projects. Her intensive background as an environmental scientist gives her an in depth knowledge on how to protect and conserve public lands and find the balance of climbing access and resource protection to ensure long term access and enjoyment of America's treasured public lands.

Curt Shannon, Policy Analyst
As a Policy Analyst for the Access Fund, Curt works to effectively to maintain recreational access to public lands threatened by legislative land exchanges, dam remediation projects, and revisions of public use plans for our parks and forests. Curt has been on the front lines representing climbers and the Access Fund in their ongoing effort to save the Oak Flat climbing and bouldering area in Arizona from destructive mining practices.