Alan is a member of the Colorado Mountain Club and a Sierra Club trip leader, as well as a member of Friends of the Poudre. He is a former Ft. Collins city councilmember, who worked to create the city's Wind Power Program for the Natural Areas and Trails programs and to protect the Poudre River, and is currently on the city's Natural Resources Advisory Board. He is a Colorado Special Olympics and Eldora Ski Area Special Recreation Program volunteer. He is also a National Ski Patrol member, volunteering with the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol and Snowy Range Ski Area. Alan is a former Ft. Collins Coloradoan newspaper local columnist. He is a technical book publisher by profession, and resides in Fort Collins.