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Aparna Rajagopal


Published on

06 - 03 - 2021

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Aparna Rajagopal, J.D.: Aparna (she/her) is an agitator and advisor at the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) and outdoor recreation, environmentalism, and conservation. As an Indian immigrant who loves the outdoors and a mother, she has made it her life’s work to work to radically reimagine an outdoors that is more welcoming to the next generation of BIPOC recreationists and stewards. She does this through writing, speaking, training, and facilitating dialogues for people working in outdoor recreation and conservation across the country. When not having difficult conversations with leaders in the environmental and outdoor sectors, you can find her hiking, running, and biking on gravel roads and single track trails in the homelands of the Kalapuya people, where she lives. She and her work have been featured in California Lawyer magazine, Backpacker magazine, Outside magazine, Sierra magazine, the Adventure Gap book, and SNEWS (among others) as well as the She Explores and Outdoor Voices podcasts, and she has contributed to the Harvard Business ReviewEarth Island Journal, the Journal of Leisure Research, and National Geographic Magazine’s adventure blog.  She has also spearheaded projects that amplify stories and connections of black, indigenous, and people of color in nature, including Expedition Denali: Inspiring Diversity in the Outdoors. Most recently, Aparna co-founded and has served as director for the People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and the Environment Summit (pgmone.org).

e: aparna@theavarnagroup.com