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Kim moore bailey

Planning Committee Member

Youth Outside’s Executive Director Kim Moore Bailey provides the leadership and vision that drives its mission to connect youth to nature by eliminating barriers, providing resources, and promoting outdoor programming. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both personal and professional experiences, she is committed to ensuring that underrepresented youth in particular have access and opportunities to thrive in the outdoors.

Michael A. Estrada

Multimedia Editor

Michael is an emerging photojournalist committed to elevating the voices of communities through story and visual representation. Prior to this he worked for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and plans to continue partnering with organizations at the forefront of the environmental (justice) movement.

MARIA LEE

Social Media Coordinator

Maria is passionate about youth leadership, authentic community engagement, and how both of those things function within public lands. Maria is currently serving an AmeriCorps term with Minnesota State Parks and Trails. She has lived in the Twin Cities since graduating last year from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Geography. Maria is an alumnae of Natural Leaders Legacy Camp, and is excited to engage the PGM ONE community through social media!

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Rena Payan

Planning Committee Member

Rena is tasked with working toward equity and representation in the outdoor field by managing Youth Outside's programs, including the Rising Leaders Fellowship, the Cultural Relevancy Series, and the Outdoor Educators Institute.

 

luana rivera palacio

2018 Community Partnerships Manager

Luana is currently the Education Program Manager for San Jose's Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and volunteers with Bay Area Wilderness Training. She has served as a grants manager and grant writer for various nonprofits, and formerly was Northside Unit Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley.  Luana is committed to forging connections between people, particularly those in urban spaces, to the natural world. Her work in environmental education complements another important aspect of her life as kumu hula of Hālau Nāpuaokamokihanaoha and member of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute

 

Ashley Perez

Planning Committee Member

Ashley is a STEM and Climate Science Educator on The Science Barge, in Yonkers, NY. As a Yonkers native and graduate of SUNY Purchase’s Environmental Studies program she uses her works to draw connections between a changing planet and environmental justice issues in high density area. She is also on the Groundwork USA Board of Directors and finds a summit like PGM ONE so necessary for our different trusts. She is thrilled to help make it happen! 

david pon

2017 Summit Organizer & 2018 Advisor

David got his start leading outdoor programs for youth at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy  and facilitating multi-day courses for youth workers at Bay Area Wilderness Training. David is passionate about championing racial equity and justice within the environmental movement and is excited to be organizing the PGM ONE Summit.

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aparna rajagopal-durbin

Summit Director

Aparna is founder and director of the PGM ONE Summit and founding partner of the Avarna Group. She has devoted the last seven years to supporting outdoor and environmental organizations with equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts. She has facilitated workshops on inclusion, equity, cultural competence, and cultural relevancy for thousands of outdoor and environmental professionals. She has also supported organizations in building holistic plans for equity and inclusion. 

 

sophie sarkar

Planning Committee Member

Sophie is a founder of the PGM ONE Summit. She hails from Philadelphia, PA where she worked for several years as a Planner with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. In this role she built innovative partnerships with institutions and communities to tackle issues around environmental injustice and outdoor access. Sophie is a Natural Leaders Legacy Camp alumnae, is on the Board of Directors of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), and was recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30

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JALISSA WILLIAMS

2018 Summit Event Planner

Jalissa’s passion is opening doors to people who have not traditionally been invited to certain spaces. She currently works for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and has pushed to create deeper connections with the Queer and Deaf communities there; she plans to continue this work by partnering with various organizations on the West Coast.