OEI 2021 Spring Cohort

The Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI) is a three-month long professional development program for young adults with an active interest in outdoor leadership. OEI graduates receive training in wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, outdoor facilitation, group management, and conservation skills, and are supported to get placed in outdoor employment at the end of the program. Traditionally held in the Fall, 2021 marks the first year that we’ve added a Spring cohort as well.

We created this all-womxn cohort as a space for people whose lived experiences include the joys and struggles that come with moving through the world in a body that others identify as female, and we hold this space in acknowledgement of the unique challenges faced by people who are gendered
as such in the outdoor/environmental field.

For more information on the program, including how we’re adapting to 2021’s unique circumstances, we invite you to read our OEI 2021 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

We are proud to introduce the members of the Spring 2021 Outdoor Educators Institute cohort!

ALICIA DE JESUS GAITAN

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


CHEY YEN

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


LEILA MANSOUR

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


VANESSA WILLIAMS

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


ALEAH FAJARDO

Program Assistant –

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


AMI DUCRE

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


KATE MONTANA

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


TINA CHIEM

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


VICTORIA BOYKIN

San Francisco / Oakland cohort


ATHENA SABARIA

Program Assistant –

San Francisco / Oakland cohort