Rick Ridgeway is Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs where he oversees the company’s philanthropy and chairs an internal council of the company’s vice-presidents and C-Suite executives that advise corporate sustainability. In this role, he and the council guide Patagonia’s vanguard environmental and sustainability initiatives such as Worn Wear and the Footprint Chronicles.Ridgeway was co-founder and founding chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. In addition to business, Ridgeway is recognized as a mountaineer and adventurer, making the first American ascent of K2. He has produced and directed several documentary films, written dozens of magazine articles and six books. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. Ridgeway lives with his wife in Ojai, California, and they have three grown children.