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Kim moore bailey

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.


Anjali Thavendran Chen

Anjali is Groundwork USA’s Director of Operations, responsible for organizing and overseeing the daily financial and program operations of Groundwork USA. Anjali also helps manage capacity building programs for the Groundwork network, and is thrilled to be working with the awesome PGM ONE planning team to make this much-needed summit a reality!

Rani Jacobson

Rani is committed to working on racial equity by empowering communities through conservation and public health initiatives, by working with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program and with Groundwork USA. She is excited help make PGM ONE happen!

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Rena Payan

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.



Ashley Perez

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 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.

aparna rajagopal-durbin

Aparna is a founding partner of the Avarna Group, and has devoted the last seven years to helping outdoor and environmental organizations attract and engage a diverse and inclusive base of people and cultivate inclusive cultures. She has facilitated workshops on inclusion, equity, cultural competence, and cultural relevancy for thousands of outdoor professionals.


sophie sarkar

Sophie is currently an MSc Candidate in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics. 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.

Michael Estrada

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.