Christopher Chalaka

Christopher is a 2nd generation South Asian-Taiwanese American who works at the intersection of health, environment and diversity. He is the founder of Outdoor Asian, an organization that aims to create a community of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) in the outdoors by hosting culturally-relevant spaces, fostering leadership development, and providing a platform for stories and untold histories.

Christopher was inspired to this field after working with a few incredible environmental justice organizations in the United States, and after conducting field research on the impact of climate change on nomadic herders living in Western Mongolia . He is a graduate of Swarthmore College where he earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology. Christopher is currently based in his hometown Everett, Washington, where you can find him scribing overnight in the emergency room, foraging various fungi, climbing wet moss-covered rocks, and creating gloomy art inspired by the North Cascades. 



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