CJ Goulding (he/him) is passionate about facilitating growth in three things: people, community, and leadership. In his work with the Children & Nature Network and Fresh Tracks, CJ trains, mentors and supports a national network of over 330 leaders who are changing systems and creating equitable access to nature in their communities. This work draws from experience leading outdoor trips, conservation crews, and youth internship programs for the National Park Service. He completed a MaED in Urban Environmental Education with IslandWood and Antioch University, where he studied the power of community and its connection to nature in urban settings. CJ has been featured in the Outdoor Industry’s inaugural “30 Under 30” list highlighting game changers in the outdoor industry, and his essay “Why I Wear Jordans in the Great Outdoors” has been published and featured in culturally relevant outdoor curriculum across the country. He is an eager writer, photographer, and lover of sharing and supporting stories.
Sophie Sarkar (she/her) is an Avarna Group facilitation and thought partner. Sophie has seven years of experience leading equity and inclusion initiatives in both local and federal government. She most recently worked as an Equity Fellow for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, managing their efforts to mitigate urban heat inequalities through community-led climate adaptation planning. Sophie has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics where her research examined experiences of social bias in urban planning education and urban development initiatives. She has worked for the National Park Service, co-founded the PGM ONE Summit, and was recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30. She is also a visual artist and mindfulness facilitator.
José G. GonzálezPartner
José G. González (he/him) is the Founder and Former Executive Director for Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. His commentary on diversity and environmental outreach has been featured by High Country News, Outside, Earth Island Journal, and Latino USA, and he has been engaged in collaborations with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service. He also represents Latino Outdoors in several coalitions including the Latino Conservation Alliance and the Next 100 Coalition. He has been recognized with several honors, including the National Wildlife Federation, Grist Magazine, and The Murie Center. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment.