Rejoice and Venture Outdoors with the 2015 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!


Rejoice and Venture Outdoors with the 2015 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!
Outdoor Artists, Wilderness Yogis, and Life Aquatics Unite to Build Community and Reconnect Black People to Nature

Outdoor Afro is so proud to announce the selection of our fourth Leadership Team. After receiving more than 50 applications from across the country, we’ve chosen a diverse group of 18 leaders from 13 states to bring our team to 30! This 2015 class will enrich our team and the lives of Outdoor Afros all over the U.S. with their experiences in foraging, snowboarding, farming, “creek stomping,” tree hugging, National Park fandom, stargazing and leading outdoor yoga exercises.

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Last year, Outdoor Afro’s 15-member leadership got outdoors and built community with 3,000 Black people around the country. In 2015, with increased representation in Southwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Southern United States, we anticipate re-connecting even more African Americans with nature.

As outdoor enthusiasts, community organizers, and health and wellness advocates, these leaders will continue the success of the previous three classes of Outdoor Afro Leadership. Each Leader will create and guide monthly trips, leverage social media and collaborate with local, relevant environmental organizations to deepen connections with the outdoors.

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We deeply invest in our leaders through our annual in person training. In April, our team will gather at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia to deepen relationships with each other and build on existing expertise.

Leaders will affirm Outdoor Afro values through a curriculum that includes trip planning, the health impacts of nature, conservation ethics, risk management, and effective social media engagement. Moreover, leaders will strategize with leading outdoor industry brands, such as REI, KEEN Footwear, Klean Kanteen, Sierra ClubNational Wildlife Federation – California, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, Campion Foundation – and more!

Now Presenting the 2015 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team:

City/Region

Name of OALT Leader

Areas of Expertise

 

Atlanta, GA

Tamara Johnson

Wildlife Biologist, Aquatic Surveyor,  Tree Hugger

 tamara

 

Stefan Moss

Professor, Environmental Educator, Father, Caribbean Barbecuer, Second Year Returning Leader

Stefan

 

Wandi Steward

Business Development Manager, Kayaker, Mountain Biker

 wandi

Bay Area, CA

Clayton Anderson

Nature Nerd, Backpacker, Ecologist, Fourth Year Returning Leader

clay

 

Zoë Polk

Outdoor Afro Leadership Director, Attorney, Swimmer, Fourth Year Returning Leader

Zoe

 

Cliff Sorrell

Architect, Map and Compass Expert, Father, Fourth Year Returning Leader

cliff

 

Nina Thiebert

College Student, Bike Rider, Tidepooler

Nina

Baltimore, MD

Brittany Leavitt

Interactive Teacher, Photographer, Yogi

 Brittany

Santa Cruz, CA

Valerie Miranda

Art Entrepreneur, Hiker, Beginning Forager, Mother

 Val

Chicago

Viva Yeboah

Accountant, Auditor, Outdoor Inspirationalist, Fourth Year Returning Leader

viva

Charleston, South Carolina

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Executive Director, Kayaker, Ocean Enthusiast

 adrienne

Durham, NC

Beky Branagan

Girl Scout leader, Environmental Educator, Outdoor Cuisine Expert, Fourth Year Returning Leader

beky joy in leadership

 

Chris Clarke

Animal Scientist, Father, Fisherman

Chris

Gary, Indiana

Yolanda Crocker-Bradley

Licensed Practical Nurse, Mother, Runner, Yogi

 yolanda

Los Angeles, CA

Vicki Allen

Higher Education Professional, National Park Enthusiast, Camper

Vicki

Louisville, KY

SteVon Edwards

Community Health Specialist, Adventure Seeker, Second Year Outdoor Afro Leader

SteVon

Minneapolis, MN

Josh Garubanda

Paramedic, REI Outdoor School Educator, Kayaker, Canoer, Second Year Outdoor Afro Leader

josh

Newark, New Jersey

Kelly Thomas

Theatre Artist, Cultural Organizer, Educator

 kelly

New York City

Allison Guess

PhD student focusing on critical black geography, Urban Guerilla Gardener, African-diasporic dancer

 allison

Phoenix, AZ

Angela Fears

Tai Chi & BreathWork Facilitator,   Wellness Coach,   Wilderness Yogi

 Angela

Portland, Oregon

Pamela Slaughter

Investigator, Enthusiastic Hiker, Nature Walker Mother

 PAMELA

Richmond, VA

Deirdre Bryant

Community Health Professional, Kayaker, Hiker, Mother, Second Year Outdoor Afro Leader

Dee

Tahoma, Washington

Paulette Peterson

Outreach Director, Gardener, Plant Identifier, Mother

 paulette

Seattle, Washington

Matt Reese

Real Estate appraiser, Snowboarder, Father, Second Year Outdoor Afro Leader

 matt

St. Louis, MO

Duane Williams

Network Adminstrator, Hiker, Rocks his own Afro

duane

Washington DC

Tavia Benjamin

Program Coordinator, Farm and Garden Educator, Creek Stomper

 tavia

 

Yvonne Jones

Early & Middle Childhood Specialist, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Camping Enthusiast

yvonne

 

Autumn Saxton-Ross

Program Director for the Joint Center’s Health Policy Institute, Green Space Advocate, Mother, Kansas City Sports Fan, Second Year Outdoor Afro Leader

 autumn

 

Charles Taylor

Health Educator , Outdoor Recreational Enthusiast, Snowboarder

charles

 

Akisha Mackritis

Literacy Teacher, Gardener, Mother


 akisha

We are truly uplifted by all of enthusiasm you showed  for the recruitment of 2015 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team and appreciate all the ways that you have engaged with us. We can’t wait to share in adventure and community with you

Interested in Investing in the Next Generation of Outdoor Afro Leadership?

Click Here to join Outdoor Afro’s March Matchtness Campaign!

 

 

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4 Thoughts on “Rejoice and Venture Outdoors with the 2015 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!”

  • Where have y’all been all my life!!!!!!! Whew, I’m sooo excited to have run into this group I want to right a book, but I’ll keep is short. Thank the creator (it’s that serious). I found you, so tired of being the only black girl!!! So, I love kayaking, canoeing, swamping, and long hiking in remote areas and my all time favorite activity is snorkeling!!!! Let’s do this black women!!????????????

    • I know right! For a sistah who grew up riding bikes and swinging on vines in NC, this is so refreshing!

  • So cool to find you all. My dog and I hit the Eno River today and it was great. Would love to find out if there are ways I can do some events with my nephew in his stroller and/or that my brother might do in his power chair; he became a quad in 11 and he has two active young boys who would love to hike.

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