REI Welcomes Two Co-op Members to Board of Directors

Aug 30, 2022

Specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op today announced that members Dr. Michael McAfee and Jim Murren have been appointed to the co-op’s board of directors.  

Dr. Michael McAfee is president and CEO of PolicyLink Inc., the foremost national research and advocacy institute advancing economic and social equity. Michael is a thought-leader in the area of corporate racial equity, and is developing the first comprehensive tool to guide private companies in assessing and actively promoting equity in every aspect of their business. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Michael served as a senior community planning and development representative at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Jim Murren is a pioneer in the area of corporate responsibility and diversity. He is the former Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, which was recognized as a leader in diversity and green development under his leadership. He currently serves on numerous boards, including that of Howard University. He brings sophisticated financial and business acumen based on decades of transformational leadership in consumer-focused experiences and entertainment organizations.  

“I’m incredibly pleased to have both Jim and Michael joining our board,” said Eric Artz, CEO REI Co-op. “They bring innovative, progressive perspectives and diverse experiences that will help guide the co-op's growth to 50 million members in line with our racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and climate goals.” 

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 21.5 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 178 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.