Sarah Ottley

Sarah Ottley

Executive Director | Adventure Risk Challenge

Sarah Cupery Ottley is the Executive Director of Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC), a youth development nonprofit that empowers underserved high school youth through integrated leadership, literacy and wilderness experiences. Sarah began her career in environmental education by working at national parks in Arizona, Alaska and California. Solidifying a passion for working in outdoor settings, she taught environmental education and led backpacking trips for seven years before joining Adventure Risk Challenge to open a new program site in Yosemite in 2009. She has been the Executive Director since 2013.

Sarah lives in Oakhurst with her partner, Graham, and their two kids, Owen (4) and Eleanor (1). She enjoys hiking, rock climbing, gardening, and traveling internationally (especially within Latin America). She is honored to work for an organization that invests in long-term programs and values measurable impacts and lasting relationships.


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