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Leadership

Nicole Ardoin | Stanford University

Nicole Ardoin, Ph.D.,  is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Professor Ardoin´s research focuses on environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. In particular, she is interested in considerations of geographic scale, which is an understudied yet crucial aspect of people-place relationships in a rapidly globalizing, urbanizing world. Professor Ardoin has current studies on the use of education, communications, and other social strategies in informal and community-based settings, including nature-based tourism programs, to engage individuals and communities in deliberate dialogue, environmental decision-making, and informed conservation behavior.

Professor Ardoin also researches the effectiveness of a range of environmental education and social science endeavors in achieving measurable and meaningful conservation results. To this end, she conducts evaluations with informal organizations including museums, zoos/aquariums, parks, and residential environmental education programs, with an emphasis on using innovative, non-traditional metrics and adaptive management approaches. She is also interested in philanthropic support of environmental education and emergent trends in the field of environmental education research. Professor Ardoin is a founding member of ChangeScale and the Research Council Chair.

Elizabeth C. Babcock| California Academy of Sciences

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As chief public engagement officer and Roberts Dean of Education, Elizabeth C. Babcock, Ph.D. is responsible for creating and implementing public engagement, outreach, and education programs for adults, families, teachers and youth at the California Academy of Sciences, and around the globe through digital initiatives. She seeks to ignite a lifelong curiosity about—and love for—the natural world among all of the audiences who come in contact with the institution.

Dr. Babcock was recognized in 2013 as a White House Champion of Change by the Obama Administration and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in 2011 as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Before joining the Academy in 2010, she was the vice president of education and library collections for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She has also worked for several years in the environmental sector for organizations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago Wilderness, and Friends of the Chicago River where she consulted on designing community outreach strategies and environmental education programs.

Dr. Babcock has taught K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and adult students in a range of content areas, including music for special needs students, environmental anthropology, sustainable development, introductory anthropology, and adult literacy. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in cultural anthropology from Indiana University, where she studied international migration and Belizean voluntary associations. She also holds a B.A. in psychology and a B.M. in music education from Northwestern University. Dr. Babcock is a founding member of ChangeScale, and the current chairperson.

Kim Moore Bailey | Youth Outside

Kim Moore Bailey is the executive director of Youth Outside. Kim has over 20 years of experience as a management executive, with an expertise in strategic planning, community engagement, and developing programs that connect young people to the outdoors. Prior to joining Youth Outside, Kim served as the chief operating officer of College Possible, a national non-profit focused on making college attainable for low-income students.  She was also vice president for Outward Bound Inc., manager of Denver Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver, and was a region manager for the Chicago Parks District. In these roles, she led programs to engage urban youth in the outdoors in new ways – including spearheading a public-private partnership that resulted in the country’s first urban snowboarding park.

Kim holds a master’s degree from New York University in counselor education.  She participated in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, and pursued additional educational opportunities at the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. In addition to supporting ChangeScale, Kim serves as an advisory board member for CA Trust for Public Lands, is the co-chair for the EEFC (Environmental Educators Funders Collaborative), and she just recently completed her term of service as a board member for Voyager Outward Bound.

Arden Bucklin-Sporer | Education Outside

Arden is the co-founder and first executive director of Education Outside, and has guided the organization to its’ current size serving 37 schools, and teaching science, sustainability and healthy eating to 14,000 San Francisco Unified School District elementary students. Arden has worked with green schoolyards for over 15 years, first building an award-winning school garden program as a public-school parent and then helping to spread the movement throughout San Francisco Unified School District. She is co-author of the 2010 book How to Grow a School Garden: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Arden joined the ChangeScale steering committee in 2015 and serves as the co-chair of the School Partnership Initiative.

José G. González | Latino Outdoors

José G. González is the founder of Latino Outdoors, a network of ambicultural leaders connecting our communities and culture to the outdoors. José is an educator with experience in formal and informal education in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Rue Mapp| Outdoor Afro

20140630_5D2_ArcticRefuge_8232Rue Mapp is the founder of Outdoor Afro, a social community reconnecting African Americans to natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. Through Outdoor Afro, Rue shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. In 2010, Mapp was invited to the White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference, and subsequently to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She was appointed program officer for the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment to oversee its grant-making program from 2010-2012. Rue’s work has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Backpacker Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Sunset Magazine and many others.

In addition to serving as a steering committee member for ChangeScale, Rue is proud to serve on the board of Rails to Trails Conservancy, American Camp Association, and the Outdoor Industry Association. Most recently, Rue was appointed to the California State Parks Commission by Governor Jerry Brown.

A graduate of UC Berkeley (with a degree in art history), Rue’s skills and background make her a unique voice via the programs she has instituted through Outdoor Afro and enlightened a diverse community to the wonders and benefits of the outdoors. Rue resides in Oakland, California and is the proud mother of three active teenage children.

Francis Mendoza | East Bay Regional Park District

american gothic reduxFrancis Mendoza is a naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District, and has over 20 years of experience in environmental education, interpretation, and social work. He has worked for organizations all over the San Francisco Bay Area, including Literacy for Environmental Justice, KIDS for the BAY and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. He specializes in working with youth and families from underserved communities, advocating for environmental justice in urban areas, and collaborating with California Indians to interpret their culture to others. He works at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, the site of a reconstructed 2,400 year-old Tuibun Ohlone village, and was recently featured in Bay Nature magazine, leading a hike up to Mission Peak.

Aaron Rich | NatureBridge

Aaron Rich, director of NatureBridge Golden Gate, pauses on a walk through campus on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Fort Cronkite near Sausalito, Calif. Nature Bridge is an outdoor education program located in the Marin Headlands at Rodeo Beach. (IJ photo/Frankie Frost)

As NatureBridge’s Golden Gate director, Aaron Rich oversees programs that serve more than 20,000 people annually in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Aaron joined NatureBridge in 2004 as the field science education manager at the Golden Gate campus, overseeing education staff as well as designing and evaluating curriculum and teaching methodology. He also served as director of marketing from 2007-2010. Prior to joining the staff at the Golden Gate campus, he led programs in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, along the shores of the Tennessee River, in the forests of western Michigan, and in the canyons of southern Utah.

Aaron grew up swimming, fishing, and canoeing in the lakes of northern Wisconsin. After college, he hiked the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia and determined that he wanted to pursue a career in service of the environment. Aaron earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and participated in a graduate residency in environmental education with the Canyonlands Field Institute in Utah. Today, he lives with his wife and son in Marin City where he enjoys access to running, hiking, and biking the trails in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Christy Rocca| Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

215Christy Rocca grew up north of the Golden Gate, surrounded by dairy ranches, oak woodlands and suburban sprawl. She has worked with youth from underserved communities for more than thirty years in a variety of capacities. In 1999 she joined the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to launch Crissy Field Center, a multicultural environmental education center, located in the Presidio of San Francisco, that is devoted to encouraging new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthier communities, and a more environmentally just society. The center engages 23,000 urban youth annually, 95% who traditionally have not participated in their national parks. Prior to joining the Crissy Field Center, Christy served as director of education at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Craig Strang |Lawrence Hall of Science

Craig is the founding Director since 1985 of MARE: Marine Activities, Resources & Education, an award-winning K-8 professional learning and curriculum development program focused on implementing schoolwide marine/environmental science that increases learning and language development especially for English learners. MARE has been widely used in California, Nevada, Texas, New Jersey, Oregon and Japan. In 2012 Craig received the National Marine Educators Association President’s Award in recognition of his leadership since 2003 of the Ocean Literacy Campaign that resulted in the development of Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences Grades K-12and The Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence for Grades K-12. He is the director of BaySci: The Bay Area Partnership for Science Education, which, improves school districts capacity to improve and support science teaching in the new NGSS/Common Core era. He is lead principal investigator on the National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 professional learning partnership with Stanford University,Researching the Efficacy of the Science and Literacy Academy Model. He is principal investigator of BEETLES (Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing), which designs professional learning tools and exemplary trail activities for residential outdoor science programs. Craig is a founding member of ChangeScale and co-chair of the ChangeScale School Partnership Initiative.

Kirk Anne Taylor | ChangeScale

IMG_2413 (2)As director, Kirk Anne provides strategic and tactical leadership for the partnership and supports ongoing collaboration among the ChangeScale partners. Prior to joining ChangeScale, Kirk Anne served as the urban conservation manager for the Field Museum in Chicago, managing the museum’s Calumet Environmental Education Program and participating in the Calumet Stewardship Initiative and Chicago Wilderness. Kirk Anne also served as the executive director for Lowcountry Earth Force in Charleston, South Carolina, and as a naturalist at the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center on Seabrook Island, South Carolina. Kirk Anne holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a bachelors of arts in English from Hendrix College.