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.


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. 


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.


Brittany Gibbons, Board member

Brittany joined the Honnold Foundation as an intern in 2014, and after working in nearly every aspect of the organization, now serves on the board. She earned a graduate degree from Stanford University with a focus on energy engineering, and is also a Data Scientist at Tesla. She loves using data to shed new light on complicated issues, and cares deeply about promoting access to sustainable energy.


Peter Martin, Board member

Peter is the Director of Philanthropy at Tides. Before joining Tides, Peter was a philanthropic advisor to individuals and family foundations. In that role he helped establish new charitable entities and advised clients on their philanthropic plans, programmatic priorities, and grant-making portfolios. Previously, he served 15 years at the Sierra Club, including eight years as executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation.

Peter lives in Marin County, CA with his wife Emily and two sons. When not racing around to meetings, you’ll find Peter on the trails of Mt. Tam or in the Sierra Nevada seeking adventure and refuge from the daily grind.


Len NEcefer, Board member

Len Necefer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor with joint appointments with the American Indian Studies program & the Udall Center for Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He’s also the founder & CEO of Colorado-based outdoor apparel company NativesOutdoors, and holds a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

Previously he worked with the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. In his spare time, Len is an avid outdoor adventurer, using rock and ice climbing, high altitude & ski mountaineering, and bikepacking to convey stories focused on the environment & indigenous history.


Brady Robinson, Board member

Brady Robinson is a climber and conservationist whose career has included over a decade at Outward Bound and 11 years running the Access Fund, the national organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserved. He now works for Tompkins Conservation, helping to create national parks in Chile and Argentina, reintroduce missing species, and fostering economic vitality as a consequence of conservation.


Nancy Feagin, Board member

Nancy Feagin is a CPA based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Prior to becoming an accountant, Nancy was a climbing guide in the Tetons for Exum Mountain Guides and a sponsored climber. Adventuring in the outdoors is where she finds her happy place. In recent years, her husband and teenage son have become interested in canyoneering, so on school holidays, her family can often be found exploring remote canyons in southern Utah.

Nancy lives her life with a daily intention to be thoughtful and kind to others, mindful of our environment, and reduce our impact whenever we can.  Growing up in a military family instilled in Nancy a duty to contribute to society.  Nancy is proud to make that contribution by serving on the board of the Honnold Foundation.


Join the Honnold foundation Team

Our team is growing, and we’re looking for people who are critical, curious, and dedicated to making the world a better place.

Why are you passionate about the Honnold Foundation’s work? What do you think we could do differently? What problems are you excited to solve? Send us an email at contact@honnoldfoundation.org with your resume; if we’re interested, you’ll hear back from us shortly.


The Honnold Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.