LOCATION: Oakland, CA
My name is David Pon and I'm passionate about connecting people with nature. I grew up in the cloud forest of San Francisco (it exists!) and have always had a fascination with the intersection of humans and wilderness. I have had the privilege of following an outdoor career path, leading teens on conservation service projects in urban National Parks and training people from all backgrounds to be outdoor educators (in other words, I’ve had more on-the-job s’mores than you can shake a stick at!). I believe that when we spend time outside, we can connect to something profound that challenges us to be better to the earth, to each other, and to ourselves. I am honored to call the San Francisco Bay Area my home and would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have protected and who continue to protect these lands.