Executive Director | Adventure Risk Challenge
Sarah Cupery Ottley is the Executive Director of Adventure Risk Challenge, a youth development nonprofit that empowers underserved youth through integrated 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 environments, she worked five years at Yosemite Institute, receiving consistent training as an educator, backpacking guide, and risk manager while teaching over 300 youth a year and leading backpacking trips of up to fourteen days in length.
In 2009 Sarah joined Adventure Risk Challenge to open a new program site in Yosemite. Because of her rootedness in the Yosemite community, years of experience as an interpretive ranger and educator in the area, and desire for a new challenge, Sarah hit the ground running in her new position. Seeing first-hand the effectiveness of ARC’s programming, she quickly gained a passion for the field of youth development. During her nine years of employment with ARC, Sarah has experienced nearly every staff position within the organization. She has been the Executive Director of Adventure Risk Challenge since the summer of 2013.
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