A life-long lover of nature and wild places, Ava graduated from The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School in 2019. In her role as Board Secretary, she brings more than three decades of experience helping museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers fulfill their conservation missions through public engagement. During most of her career, Ava worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she developed and evaluated programs and exhibitions, as well public policy campaigns. Her academic training includes an undergraduate degree in biology, a graduate certificate in science journalism, and a master’s degree in education.
Having recently entered her seventh decade of life, Ava is committed to rewilding herself and her fellow humans and is training to become a wilderness rites-of-passage guide. Her vision is to create transformative experiences in nature that allow people to discover and nurture their true gifts. By joining the Board, Ava seeks to support WAS as a national leader in outdoor education while strengthening the school’s connections with its students, its alumni, and the world at large. She currently resides in Bellingham, Washington, on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people.