Learn how park and recreation agencies and land trusts are working together to protect land, engage their community, and ensure that local conservation goals reflect the needs and culture of a diverse public. During the session participants will hear from the Land Trust Alliance's Director of Community Conservation on the valuable role that land trusts can play in helping to meet park equity goals. Taos Land Trust will share lessons learned from their current effort to create a new community park that will provide opportunities for cultural education and recreation, restore a critical floodplain property, and bring together diverse populations from within the Taos community.
Executive Director, Taos Land Trust
Kristina grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Anthropology, and began her career in New York City working in marketing and editing. In the late 90s, Kristina and friends started an internet company whose demise is forever immortalized on digital film in “Startup.com.” Shortly after the internet boom, Kristina moved to Indonesia, where she worked as an editor at Lontar Foundation, a literary foundation in Jakarta. It was here that her environmental consciousness was born after witnessing the devastating effects of environmental degradation. Kristina came back to the States determined to work on environmental issues that affected her own community. She has been an organizer, advocate and a policy analyst on public lands and water issues and served as a board member of organizations to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Joaquin River. She is the current vice chair of Conservation Voters New Mexico.
Director of Conservation, National Recreation and Park Association
As Director of Conservation at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Lori Robertson provides strategic direction and fundraising oversight for NRPA’s conservation portfolio. With background as a science educator in both public school and residential outdoor programs, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world. She comes to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association where she led SCA’s national engagement strategy and created programs focused on providing urban residents with service, learning, and recreation opportunities on public lands. She is a graduate of the 2016 American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy, a current student at Georgetown University and mom to 3 year old River.
Director of Community Conservation, Land Trust Alliance
Rob Aldrich is director of community conservation at the Land Trust Alliance, a program designed to bring more conservation to more people. Previously, Rob was the Alliance’s director of communications, and before that the director of information services. Before joining the Alliance in 2000, Rob worked for a private consulting firm on contract to the USAID Global Environment Center, and for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service backstopping development projects for USAID. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. Rob speaks Spanish and has a B.S. in plant and soil science and an M.S. in urban planning and the environment.