Sophie is currently an MSc Candidate in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics. Sophie hails from Philadelphia, PA where she worked for several years as a Planner with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. In this role she built innovative partnerships with institutions and communities to tackle issues around environmental injustice and outdoor access. Some highlights from her experience include working with middle schoolers in North Philly to transform their concrete playground into a community playscape; supporting residents in West Philadelphia to create a vibrant neighborhood greenway; and organizing urban canoeing programs for over 4,000 public school students and families in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
She deeply believes that all people, regardless of race, class, gender, zip code, ability, experience, etc have the right to safe, fun, and transformative outdoor experiences in their own neighborhoods. She is committed to supporting individuals and communities to reclaim what it means to be “outdoorsy” or an “outdoor leader” so that these terms represent a wider range of people, cultures, and activities.
Sophie is a Natural Leaders Legacy Camp alumnae, is on the Board of Directors of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), is a proud participant of the Selma to Montgomery Walking Classroom, and was recently recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30.