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Grand Canyon Conservancy Welcomes New Board Leadership and Members

Committed to fostering a deep appreciation for Grand Canyon National Park, these individuals exemplify GCC's mission to inspire and support generations of park champions. 

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Grand Canyon, Ariz.Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, proudly announces the appointment of new leadership and the addition of three distinguished board members. Shantini Munthree assumes the role of Board Chair, accompanied by Randall Brown as Vice Chair. Geoff Chatas, Sarah Willie-LeBreton, and Scott Key join the board, further enriching GCC's diverse team of 18 business and community leaders from across the United States. Committed to fostering a deep appreciation for Grand Canyon National Park, these individuals exemplify GCC's mission to inspire and support generations of park champions.

“These three new board members, alongside our new Board Chair and Vice Chair, bring world-class leadership and guidance to Grand Canyon Conservancy,” said GCC CEO Theresa McMullan. “With a breadth of experience across industries, these board members will further enable us to safeguard this precious natural resource and its connected communities.”

Shantini Munthree, Walnut Creek, Calif., Board Chair

Shantini Munthree is the CEO of BRANDKIND Consulting, specializing in advising private companies on growth and transformation strategies tailored for the middle market. Committed to promoting fiscal sustainability and business impact, she actively engages in nonprofit and mentoring efforts beyond her role at BRANDKIND. Shantini serves as Chair of Grand Canyon Conservancy’s board, is a founding member of the Private Directors Association, and chairs the P&G Alumni Network in the SF Bay Area. Nurturing our next generation of leaders is a passion for Shantini, who guides entrepreneurs at prestigious accelerator programs such as UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck and the University of Santa Clara’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Shantini is also an author known for her thought leadership on buyer behavior in her book, “LOVE+FEAR: Mastering the Primal Motives of Buyers” (Archway, 2019).

Randall Brown, Dallas, Texas, Board Vice Chair

Randall Brown brings 35+ years of legal expertise to GCC. He is a partner at Haynes Boone, an international corporate law firm, and served as chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group for 15 years. His dedication to volunteer efforts includes serving as the Dallas Opera’s audit committee chair. A passionate advocate for the canyon, Randy has completed nine backpacking trips and four river trips since his first visit in 2003. He has served on the board since 2020 and continues to champion projects to improve Indigenous affairs within the park as well as the restoration of trails and park facilities to preserve this indescribable and stunning natural Wonder of the World.

Geoff Chatas, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Geoff Chatas is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Michigan. He is one of three executive vice presidents reporting to the university president and serves as the president’s chief advisor on financial matters. His portfolio includes U-M’s capital projects and construction, the investment office, finance and accounting, enterprise strategic risk management, facilities and campus operations, human resources, and campus sustainability. His experience as a higher education administrator has afforded him broad exposure on how to help a nonprofit reach its goals and thrive. His love for Grand Canyon began with a college road trip in 1985, and he has returned annually for over two decades. Each time he visits, he experiences something new, an aspect of the canyon that he finds extraordinary and that he hopes to help preserve for others to experience as well. 

Sarah Willie-LeBreton, Northhampton, Mass.

Sarah Willie-LeBreton is the 12th president of Smith College. She earned a B.A.  from Haverford College, on whose board she has also served, and an M.A.  and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, all in sociology. After teaching at Colby College (1991–1995) and Bard College (1995–1997), she was tenured at Swarthmore, where she chaired the Black Studies Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She was appointed provost and dean of the faculty at Swarthmore in 2018 and served until 2023. An accomplished administrator, scholar, and sociologist who studies social inequality and race and ethnicity, Sarah is known for her commitment to the liberal arts, strengthening community, and energizing the work of equity and inclusion. She considers herself an applied sociologist and has worked with a broad range of organizations to understand social dynamics and develop strategies to move toward organizational self-awareness, transformation, compassion, and inclusivity. She is a member of and has been active in the Eastern Sociological Society, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Association of Black Sociologists, and the American Sociological Association.

Scott Key, San Francisco, Calif.

Scott Key is a visionary retail CEO known for driving success through customer focus, innovation, and digital transformation– having founded and scaled three businesses to over $1B in net sales. His achievements include leading the transformation of David's Bridal while diversifying business lines and establishing industry-leading divisions at Gap Inc., such as ATHLETA. Committed to social good, Scott has raised over $20M for non-profit organizations and serves on multiple boards. Scott’s career journey began in the nonprofit sector (American Cancer Society), where he witnessed firsthand the profound impact skilled professionals have on advancing a non-profit’s mission. His decision to join the Board of Directors at Grand Canyon Conservancy is driven by a desire to connect people with the natural world while supporting educational and conservation goals. 

About Grand Canyon Conservancy: 

Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds, operating retail shops within the park, and providing educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Our members fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. Grand Canyon Conservancy inspires generations of park champions to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon. For more information, visit www.grandcanyon.org.

Originally Published: 02-21-2024