Grace Anderson, a climber and cyclist who helped organize the first all African-American expedition team to attempt Denali, is joining The Center for Jackson Hole as Marketing Coordinator. In her capacity, she will help run The Emerging Leaders Program, direct research for the annual SHIFT Awards, and help maintain SHIFT’s certification as the first STOKE Certified sustainable event in the country.
Anderson, who managed the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors program and participated in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program, will transition into the position most recently held by outgoing Marketing Coordinator Chris Perkins, who is leaving The Center to attend grad school.
“Having watched Grace work with her peers for the past year and a half, and having shared a rope with her in the Tetons, I’ve been impressed by her passion, her commitment to public lands and to her dedication to creating access for all Americans,” said Christian Beckwith, Executive Director of The Center for Jackson Hole. “We’re excited to collaborate with her on this year’s programming as we grow it to add even more value to outdoor recreation and conservation.”
“I’m excited about joining The Center for Jackson Hole because of its emphasis on creating intentional and lasting partnerships,” said Anderson. “Developing an event that brings together the many people who have an interest in our public lands and connecting to new populations in the movement that haven’t been engaged previously is a passion of mine. Additionally, I look forward to widening the reach of the Emerging Leaders Program and deepening its impact on the participants.”
At Sierra Club, Anderson managed the Inspiring Connections Outdoors program, which connects communities with limited access to the outdoors.
In her role at NOLS, she spearheaded planning for the speaking tour for Expedition Denali, the first African-American attempt to summit Denali.
During her professional career, the need for structured and relevant “pathways” for folks wanting to be involved in the outdoor/environmental/climate movement became apparent to Anderson.
“My experience in connecting people with the outdoors and the outdoor issues that are most relevant to them makes me uniquely qualified for this position,” said Anderson. “As a past participant of the Emerging Leaders Program, I was deeply and positively impacted by The Center’s ability to bring folks together from radically different backgrounds to brainstorm, present different perspectives and identify where they align.”
“I look forward to continuing to build the movement that SHIFT has become.”