Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced that David Weinstein will lead close-to-home recreation advocacy as its state and local policy director. Weinstein is currently the Western conservation finance director for The Trust for Public Land, where he advises local and state governments throughout the Western United States on how to design, pass and implement legislative initiatives and electoral measures that create funding for land and water conservation.
During his time at The Trust for Public Land, Weinstein worked on or led campaigns that generated more than $550 million in voter-approved funding and more than $4 billion in legislative funding for conservation in the West, said the industry association. Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, he was the outreach and advocacy manager for OIA and the OIAPAC treasurer, where he represented the outdoor industry in President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, engaged Congress and federal agencies to shape recreation policy and enhance funding and worked to elect and re-elect congressional champions for the outdoor industry. He has been involved in conservation politics for more than nine years, including positions with U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Office and Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial campaign. Weinstein is a Wyss Foundation fellow and also serves of the boards of directors for the Montana Conservation Corp and the Alaska Wilderness League.