Nick Hinkell

Assistant Director

Nick grew up in the rural foothills of California and has explored the Sierra Nevada Mountains via foot, bike, raft, ski and snowboard all his life.  He also caught the travel bug early and has become quite the eco-tourist.  He and his wife have toured many of the top destinations throughout both North and South America and continue to seek out wild places whenever the opportunity strikes.  

Concerned with preserving these natural wonders, Nick studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley.  His curriculum emphasized mitigating and reversing the damage our rampant expansion as a species has had on the planet as a whole.  Nick worked in this field for a short time in both the US EPA and Contra Costa Water District.  He has a deep understanding of the science behind the natural world and what is required to clean up Earth’s vital ecosystems.

Nick’s other passion is art, as he feels it is his duty to visually preserve the pristine places he has been lucky enough to explore.  He is a lifelong artist, using oils and acrylics to render landscapes that inspire him from around the globe.  Nick has delved heavily into the art world, spending the last decade as a Fine Art Consultant at Marcus Ashley Gallery.  He is thrilled to return to his core purpose by joining The Bently Foundation in their mission to support the arts, animal welfare and the environment.