We believe that Small, deliberate steps can help us Achieve Audacious Goals
The Honnold Foundation envisions a world where all people have equal access to opportunity and live in balance with the environment. We believe in solar as a proven, environmentally sound solution to global energy poverty, and we award grants to bold and ethical organizations driving innovation in the solar industry.
Alex Honnold, Founder
Alex is a professional rock climber, best known for his ropeless ascents of some of the world's biggest rock walls. As a matter of principle and practicality, Alex lives as simply as possible. The Honnold Foundation is an extension of that ethic.
Maury Birdwell, Board Chair
In 2012, Maury and Alex created the Honnold Foundation while chatting in the car on the way home from a climbing trip. Their vision was simple: to improve lives and reduce environmental impact. Maury served as the Foundation's Executive Director from 2012 to 2018, and is now the Chairman of the Board. As a lawyer and climber based in Boulder, Colorado, Maury enjoys working with businesses, solving interesting problems, and going on climbing adventures all over the world.
Dory Trimble, Executive Director
Dory is a storyteller and problem solver, and has been a member of the Honnold Foundation team since 2017. After graduating from Oberlin College, Dory served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and went on to work as a healthcare administrator, service designer, and wilderness medicine instructor. She's passionate about social justice, environmental sustainability, and outdoor adventures of all types.
Brittany Gibbons, Director of Programs
Brittany joined the Honnold Foundation in 2014, and now oversees all programs and projects for the Foundation. She earned a graduate degree from Stanford University with a focus on energy engineering, and also works as an Energy Analyst at Tesla. She loves using data to shed new light on complicated issues, and cares deeply about promoting access to sustainable energy.
Alejandro Espinosa de los Monteros, Events & Outreach Coordinator
Alejandro holds a B.A. in International Politics, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia. His interests include climbing, reading, travel, and interacting with new people; and he strives to balance his skills and passions to promote sustainability, outdoor recreation, and living an examined lifestyle.
The Honnold Foundation is a division of the Tides Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity which provides a platform for charitable organizations.