Autumn Saxton-Ross

Autumn Saxton-Ross, Ph.D., developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Now a resident of Washington, D.C. and mom of two, she is the vice president for education & chief equity officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

She started her career as an elementary school health and PE teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in health education and sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity and the outdoors. Most recently, as the Mid-Atlantic regional director and equity, inclusion and diversity lead for NatureBridge, and prior to that she held positions as the program director for place-based initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, program specialist at DC Department of Health and health recreation specialist at both Montgomery County and DC Departments of Recreation.

Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities and ideas. And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things Marvel, Octavia Butler or Star Trek: The Next Generation.