Meet UA’s new Program Director

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“When observing my love of the environment and my passion for education, one can see that Upstream Alliance is a perfect fit. I feel empowered now that I can utilize all of my strengths and put them to work for something I am deeply passionate about while being the new Program Director. I cannot wait to immerse myself in our programs this fall and dive into our environmental networks. Our Regional Networks are an important way for professionals to connect, share and learn from one another. I can’t wait to get in a kayak myself, meet some distinguished leaders and recruit some emerging leaders. Our Expedition Conferences are a great way to help build educators professionally. I am thrilled to work with educators throughout the nation to bolster environmental opportunities for students and citizens.  The Superintendent’s Collaborative is being launched at a pivotal moment in time and I am honored to be able to help school systems understand the opportunities for environmental education. I feel privileged to be able to support these efforts of connecting people through networks and connecting people to nature. Working for Upstream Alliance has been a dream come true.” ~Erica Baugh

Erica Baugh’s Biography: Erica is passionate about education and the outdoors. She graduated from Virginia Tech in Natural Resources and filled her days in Blacksburg with hiking, camping, backpacking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Education and outreach has been her specialty, working with a variety of organizations including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, Dewees Island POA, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute. One summer she lived on a sailboat and taught youth sailing on the Eastern Shore of MD. Most recently, Erica worked at a charter school in Key West teaching marine science. Now, as Upstream Alliance’s Program Director she lives and works from Manteo, NC. On the weekends you can catch her crabbing, paddle boarding, fishing, biking, kayaking, or running.