Dear BAWT Community,
Seven years ago, I joined Bay Area Wilderness Training as the Program Director, and it was a dream come true. BAWT’s founder, Kyle Macdonald, was a good friend and mentor and I was already deeply connected to many members of the BAWT community. It felt like I was coming home. And for the last seven years BAWT has been a home for me. I have had the honor of working and playing with so many amazing instructors, staff, volunteers, and interns. I have been constantly surrounded by an energetic community of teachers and youth workers – my people! And with all of you, BAWT has grown from supporting 260 trips for 5,400 youth in 2011 to supporting 397 trips for over 10,000 youth in 2017! This growth is reflective of our strong community support, our excellent staff team, and numerous partnerships. I am most proud of the powerful and community-driven work around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Together we have worked to infuse these values into BAWT programs and the organization. From panel discussions on diversity in the outdoors, to community conversations on white privilege, to adopting an organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitment statement, each of these experiences have left me feeling overjoyed to be apart of an important movement to create greater equity and accessibility to the outdoors.
Thus, it is with decidedly mixed feelings that I announce that August 16th, 2018 will be my last day as the Program Director for Bay Area Wilderness Training. I have decided to spend more time with my son Aviv and pursue a new career path. I started my career in outdoor education while working at a summer camp outside of Yosemite. I fell in love with the mountains and I loved introducing children to them. I have seen youth and adults find new potential in themselves while traveling in the woods. I hope that I will be able to do the same with my son.
I am very confident that with the strong team we have built and the excellent network of partners and supporters, we will find a new Program Director to take BAWT to new and greater heights. The new Director will have exciting opportunities to work with OUSD to get every middle school student outdoors, to increase BAWT’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through our programs, and expand our capacity to serve thousands more youth from our newer and smaller libraries in San Francisco and Milpitas. It is an exciting time to join BAWT and I am thrilled to be turning over so many great programs and opportunities to new leadership.
Please help us find the next Program Director by sharing this link to the job posting. Our hope is to hire a new director with time for them to overlap with me before I leave. This is a great job with an amazing organization and excellent people. I will not be going far – I know that I will always be a part of the greater BAWT community.
Thank you for your love and support throughout my journey with BAWT. With love and gratitude,