Naropa University Appoints Patagonia Works President & CEO, Rose Marcario, to Board of Trustees

Newly appointed Naropa University Board of Trustee Rose MarcarioBOULDER, Colo. (June 20, 2013)--Naropa University is honored to announce Rose Marcario as the newest addition to the institution's board of trustees. "As a highly regarded social entrepreneur, leader in environmental sustainability, and longtime Buddhist practitioner with deep ties to Naropa's founding lineage, Rose will bring a valuable perspective to the board," begins Naropa President Charles Lief. "She is incredibly busy as a leader at Patagonia, so committing to our board is a true expression of her generosity and commitment to Naropa's work in training a new generation of leaders. We look forward to welcoming Rose to our upcoming board meeting in September."

A Shambhala Buddhist practitioner of twenty years, Marcario first found inspiration in the writings of Naropa founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while working as an executive in the Silicon Valley and studying with Pema Chödrön, Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, and others. "Rose's leadership within Patagonia is legendary, and her newest appointment as president and CEO of Patagonia Works is a testament to a lifetime commitment to the 'greater good,'" says Jerry Colonna, Chair of Naropa University's Board of Trustees. "Naropa's board enthusiastically and happily elected Rose as our newest member, and we are thrilled to have her join the Naropa community in a deep and powerful way as a trustee--through her wisdom, business acumen, and core dedication to our planet, which is a shared vision with Naropa University."

Rose Marcario has served on numerous private enterprise and nonprofit boards, and has held leadership positions at companies such as L.A. Gear, International Rectifier Corporation, and General Magic, Inc. As former COO and CFO of Patagonia, Marcario is credited by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard with helping triple the company's profits in the last five years. After a restructuring of Patagonia and the launch of an internal venture fund, Marcario now holds the position of president and CEO of Patagonia Works, a new holding company dedicated to using business to help solve the environmental crisis. The internal venture fund, $20 Million & Change, will invest in startups that work to better the world via clothing, food, water, energy, and waste industries. On her appointment to Naropa's board of trustees, Marcario comments, "I am grateful to be a part of the distinguished Naropa board. Contemplative education is an essential ingredient for transforming our troubled world and beginning to reverse the ecological and economic disasters we are facing."

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.