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Greg Wolley

Executive Director, African American Outdoor Association

Greg Wolley

Greg Wolley is founder and executive director of the African American Outdoor Association, which has the mission of supporting the efforts of African Americans to live a healthier lifestyle by engaging in vigorous physical activity that brings them into the natural environment. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and despite living in a suburban environment, managed to catch and rear frogs and toads, lizards, turtles and various insects at home. At UC Berkeley he majored in psychology and minored in zoology, focusing on the field of animal behavior. His professional career began at Outward Bound Adventures, a non-profit organization based in Pasadena, California, which provides outdoor/environmental education experiences to urban youth.

After coordinating education programs for the California Conservation Corps, Greg completed his Masters degree in environmental education at Southern Oregon University. Returning to the Bay Area, he worked as preserve manager for The Nature Conservancy, stewarding nearly 2,000 acres of oak woodland and vernal pool habitat in Northern California. He worked in several other positions, including conservation education manager for the US Forest Service and regional planner for Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces in Oregon.

Greg has volunteered on various boards and committees, including co-founding the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the Environmental Justice Action Group, and City of Portland Urban Forestry Commission. He is an In-Service Trainer for the Peace Corps, and his career highlight has been teaching a four-day environmental education workshop in Swaziland, Southern Africa.