Introducing the 2017 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!

In its Sixth Year, the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team Grows to 62 Leaders and Expands to 27 states.

Since it was founded in 2011, the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team has brought together volunteers that embody the promise and passion to write a new and different narrative about Black engagement in the outdoors.   The 2017 Leadership Team unites teachers, lawyers, tech sector consultants, artists, business owners, culinary experts, nonprofit professionals, G-men and women, parents, grandparents, gardeners, kayakers, backpackers, climbers, snowboarders,  swimmers, campers, mountain bikers, and picnic lovers committed to ensuring that African Americans enjoy all of the benefits of nature.

To date,  Outdoor Afro has recruited, trained and connected more than 100 Black outdoor leaders from cities around the country. In 2017, we are proud to be expanding to new cities including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Detroit.

In April 2017, the Leadership Team will take part in the annual training at National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  In addition, our leaders will hike history in Harpers Ferry National Park and acquire skills to steward relationships between Black communities and their green spaces.

Outdoor Afro is deeply grateful to our sponsors including REI, KEEN Footwear, Klean Kanteen,  ColumbiaGo RvingNational Wildlife Federation – California, The North Face, Osprey,  US Fish and Wildlife Service and Yakima.

Outdoor Afro Team Leadership

     
Zoë Polk
Outdoor Afro National Program Director
6th Year Leader
San Francisco, CA
 Matt Reese
Outdoor Afro
Brand and Partnership Director
3rd Year Leader
Seattle, WA
 Yanira Castro
Outdoor Afro Communications Director
2nd Year Leader
Charlotte, NC

 

2017-2018 Outdoor Afro Regional Leads

Beky Branagan
Regional Lead West
6th Year Leader
Cary, NC
Brittany Leavitt
Regional Lead Northeast
3rd Year Leader
Baltimore, MD
 Ray Smith
Regional Lead South
2nd Year Leader
Washington, DC
. . .
Duane Williams
Regional Lead Midwest and Southwest
3rd Year Leader
St. Louis, MO

 

2017 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team Roster

 

Alabama

Olivia Affuso
1st Year Leader  Birmingham, AL
 Kellie Clark
1st Year Leader Birmingham, AL

 

California

Lakeisha Brooks
1st Year Leader
Oakland, CA
Moleek Busby
1st Year Leader
Oakland, CA
. . .
Ivan Guillory
2nd Year Leader
Los Angeles, CA
Julius Crowe Hampton
2nd Year Leader
Oakland, CA
Zoë Polk
National Program Director
6th Year Leader
San Francisco, CA
. . .
     
Cliff Sorrell 
6th Year Leader
Hercules, CA
Nina Thiebert 
3rd Year Leader
Oakland, CA
Jennetta Thomas
1st Year Leader
Los Angeles, CA

 

Colorado

Kriste Peoples
2nd Year Leader
Denver, CO
Roz Silva
2nd Year Leader
Boulder, CO
 Jalen Bazile
2nd Year Leader
Florissant, CO

 

Connecticut

Mercy Quaye
1st Year Leader
New Haven, CT

 

Florida

James Little
2nd Year Leader
Jacksonville, FL
Ta-Shana Taylor
2nd Year Leader
Miami, FL
Hillary Van Dyke
2nd Year Leader
St. Petersburg, FL

 

Mayowa Ogunjobi
1st Year Leader
Tallahassee, Florida
Yanique Richards
1st Year Leader
Lakeworth, FL

 

Georgia

Tammy Shakur
2nd Year Leader
Atlanta, GA
Wandi Steward
3rd Year Leader
Columbus, GA
.

Illinois

Christine Meissner
1st Year Leader
Chicago, IL
Val Morrow
2nd Year Leader
Oak Park, IL

 

Hawaii


Rachel Collier
1st Year Leader
Honolulu, HI

 

 

Kentucky

Alicia Hurle
2nd Year Leader
Louisville, KY
Gerry James
1st Year Leader
Frankfurt, KY

 

Maryland

Monette Bailey
1st Year Leader
Baltimore, MD
Brittany Leavitt
Regional Lead Northeast
3rd Year Leader
Baltimore, MD
 Melody Mckinley
2nd Year Leader
Baltimore, MD

 

Massachusetts

Chaya Harris
2nd Year Leader
Boston, MA

 

Michigan

   
Alexis Adams-Wynn
1st Year Leader
Detroit, MI
 Patrice Lopez-Smith
1st Year
Leader Detroit, MI

 

Minnesota



Alora Jones
2nd Year Leader Minneapolis, MN
Greg Shuck
2nd Year Leader
St. Paul, MN
 Stephen Scott
2nd Year Leader  Minneapolis, MN

 

Missouri

Anthony Beasley
1st Year Leader
St. Louis, MO
 Duane Williams
Regional Lead Midwest and Southwest
3rd Year Leader
St. Louis, MO
.

New Jersey

Kasim Carter
1st Year Leader
Montclair, NJ

 

New Mexico



Ariel Elliot
1st Year Leader
Albuquerque, NM
 Leandra Taylor
1st Year LeaderAlbuquerque, NM

 

Nevada

Satara Cooley
1st Year Leader
Las Vegas, NV
 Toyya Mahoney
2nd Year Leader
Las Vegas, NV

 

 

New York

Katina Grays
2nd Year Leader
New York, NY

 

North Carolina

Cheryl Baker
1st Year Leader
Charlotte, NC
 Beky Branagan
Regional Lead West
6th Year Leader
Cary, NC
Yanira Castro 
Communications Director
2nd Year Leader
Charlotte, NC

 

Ohio

Kimberly Smith-Woodford
2nd Year Leader Cleveland, OH

 

Pennsylvania

Keenan Corrigan
1st Year Leader Philadelphia, PA
 Tarik Moore  
1st Year Leader
Lewisburg, PA

 

Miriah Royal 
1st Year Leader
Lewisburg, PA
Paul Starling
1st Year Leader
Philadelphia, PA 

 

 

South Carolina

Adrienne Troy Frazier
3rd Year
Leader Charleston, SC
Mel Murdock
1st Year Leader Charleston, SC

 

Texas

Olatunde Gbolahan
2nd Year Leader
Austin, TX
 Tiffany Stoker
1st Year Leader
Dallas, TX
 Starla Simmons
2nd Year Leader
Austin, TX

 

Virginia

Leah Young
2nd Year Leader
Fairfax, VA

Washington

Karimah Knowles
2nd Year Leader
Seattle, WA
Matt Reese 
Outdoor Afro
Brand and Partnership Director
3rd Year LeaderSeattle, WA

 

 

Washington D.C.

Charles Taylor
3rd Year Leader Washington, DC
Ray Smith
Regional Lead Northeast
3rd Year Leader
Washington, DC

 

Wisconsin

Cheryl Mitchell
2nd Year Leader Milwaukee, WI

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