Program Officer, Gray Family Foundation. Portland, Oregon.
Favorite thing you like about your work:
As a program officer for a philanthropic organization, I appreciate the opportunity to build relationships with schools, agencies and non-profits committed to the success of students. It's also a unique opportunity to not only support individual programs but to reflect and support the collective success of the fields of environmental, geography and outdoor education in Oregon.
Based on your own experience, what did you get out of your time at MOSS and why would you recommend it to someone else?
While at MOSS, I gained the foundation and vocabulary for understanding the pedagogy of science education in the outdoors. I learned to better understand my own role and relationships that supported or inhibited successful collaborations with peers. Finally, I received the affirmation that I had something to contribute to the field of education despite not wanting to enter the traditional classroom; I could take my two passions of the environment and youth to make a career of it.