The 2013-2014 REI board of directors. Left to right — John Hamlin, Jesse King, Chloe Harford, Steven Hooper, Gerry Lopez, Anthony Truesdale, Beth Newlands Campbell, Bert Quintana, Michael Smith, Matt Compton, Cheryl Scott, Stephen Lockhart
REI is the nation's largest consumer cooperative with 5.1 million active members. A professional management team and staff operate REI, and a board of directors selected from REI's membership oversees the company.
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The co-op's board can have a maximum of 13 members. Ten of the directors are elected from REI's membership and serve staggered three-year terms. REI's President and CEO is a member of the board by virtue of the position. The board also has the opportunity to appoint up to two members to one-year terms. Each year, one of the outside directors is elected to serve as the board's chairman.