Our Team


 
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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.

 

 
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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.

 

 
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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.

 

 
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GRACE ANDERSON

2018 Community Partnerships Manager

Grace Anderson is currently an instructor for NOLS and GirlVentures - leading extended backcountry courses for various populations. Prior to her current roles she managed the Sierra Club's national Inspiring Connections Outdoors Program and has held positions at NOLS, GirlVentures and Conservacion Patagonica. Grace, who currently calls Lander, WY, home, discovered the awe of nature on a college spring break trip with the Student Conservation Association to Joshua Tree National Park. Grace has a personal commitment to share her skills, resources and time outside with other people of color in the outdoors.

 

 

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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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! 

 

 
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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. 

 

 
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Michael A. Estrada

Multimedia Editor

Michael is a UCLA-graduated photojournalist, EJ activist, and artist committed to elevating the voices of communities through story and visual representation. He is the founder and Creative Director of Brown Environmentalist Media, a member of the Diversify Outdoors coalition, and a writer for Melanin Base Camp. Find him on social media through @mikey.ae and @brownenvironmentalist