Irene Vilar is an award-winning author and Guggenheim fellow, publisher, environmental activist, and founder and executive director of the nonprofit Americas for Conservation + the Arts. Vilar serves on the advisory council of the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry as well as on the boards of the Latino Alliance for Literacy Advancement and the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Vilar has been an active public speaker for multicultural literacy, reproductive and mental health, environmental justice, and access/equity issues in connecting communities to the outdoors.