Grace Anderson is the Inspiring Connections Outdoors Manager, supporting the many ICO volunteers across the country. Grace grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. After discovering the outdoors on a college spring break trip with the Student Conservation Association to Joshua Tree National Park, she was hooked. Since then Grace has been chasing wide-open spaces – living in Wyoming, North Dakota and New Hampshire and currently calls San Francisco home. While in Wyoming, Grace worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She had the opportunity to work on Expedition Denali which was designed to illuminate role model of colors in the outdoors. It was in the role, Grace found her passion in engaging more diverse populations to the outdoors and advocating for the protection and creation of more urban green spaces. She’s excited to bring her background in administration and marketing at outdoor-centric non-profits and time in the field leading 2 – 24-day backpacking trips to the Inspiring Connections Outdoors Representative position. When she’s not dreaming up her next personal trip, she can be found reading, volunteering or planning a party.