OUR TEAM

 
Ayana Young Founder / Project Director / Host  Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a strategy to stop old growth logging. The Tongass film and campaign will launch in the Summer of 2017.  Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America. 

Ayana Young

Founder / Project Director / Host 

Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a strategy to stop old growth logging. The Tongass film and campaign will launch in the Summer of 2017. 

Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America. 

Kailea Frederick Project Coordinator Kailea is a First Nations woman dedicated to supporting individuals of all cultures in remembering their ties to the earth. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world - view. She feels raised by wild spaces, and intimately tied to Honua, our island earth.  She is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow, and has served as a youth delegate twice to the United Nations Climate Change conferences (COP). Her work on the front-lines of international climate justice has forever connected her to the lives of those most impacted by climate change and extractive based industry. These are the foundational pieces that fuel her as she observes the radical disconnect that most human beings experience from our only living habitat. Kailea is also the founder and facilitator of Earth Is `Ohana, an immersive curriculum and practice that explores the question, “How do we practice returning home to our landscapes in order to regenerate our relationship with the earth?" Earth Is `Ohana is Kailea's personal response to the many stories that have and continue to shape her. 

Kailea Frederick

Project Coordinator

Kailea is a First Nations woman dedicated to supporting individuals of all cultures in remembering their ties to the earth. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world - view. She feels raised by wild spaces, and intimately tied to Honua, our island earth. 

She is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow, and has served as a youth delegate twice to the United Nations Climate Change conferences (COP). Her work on the front-lines of international climate justice has forever connected her to the lives of those most impacted by climate change and extractive based industry. These are the foundational pieces that fuel her as she observes the radical disconnect that most human beings experience from our only living habitat.

Kailea is also the founder and facilitator of Earth Is `Ohana, an immersive curriculum and practice that explores the question, “How do we practice returning home to our landscapes in order to regenerate our relationship with the earth?" Earth Is `Ohana is Kailea's personal response to the many stories that have and continue to shape her. 

Madison Magalski Research Director Madison is a student of our beloved Earth, dedicated to learning from and being a voice for the biodiversity of Cascadia. She studied Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she delved deep into the intricacies of diverse forest ecosystems under the guidance of passionate scientists. Although trained in the realm of rigorous academics, she approaches ecological research with a holistic lens, nurturing the reclamation of human intuition and the inseparability of people from the systems they study. Madison has further cultivated her relationship with the land through farming. She has farmed medicinal herbs, vegetables, and flowers within wild landscapes such as the high desert of central Oregon, ancient Juniper cloaked ridges of New Mexico, the vibrant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and on a small island off the northern coast of BC in the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Her travels throughout North America always lead her back to the coast of Cascadia, where she plans to continue working for the restoration and protection of wild ecosystems.   

Madison Magalski

Research Director

Madison is a student of our beloved Earth, dedicated to learning from and being a voice for the biodiversity of Cascadia. She studied Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she delved deep into the intricacies of diverse forest ecosystems under the guidance of passionate scientists. Although trained in the realm of rigorous academics, she approaches ecological research with a holistic lens, nurturing the reclamation of human intuition and the inseparability of people from the systems they study. Madison has further cultivated her relationship with the land through farming. She has farmed medicinal herbs, vegetables, and flowers within wild landscapes such as the high desert of central Oregon, ancient Juniper cloaked ridges of New Mexico, the vibrant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and on a small island off the northern coast of BC in the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Her travels throughout North America always lead her back to the coast of Cascadia, where she plans to continue working for the restoration and protection of wild ecosystems.   

 
Jade Begay Tongass Campaign Director Jade Begay, Dine and Tesuque Pueblo, is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a communications strategist but above all, Jade is a woman who has cultivated a deep and fierce passion to protect land, air, and water. In order to accomplish this mission, Jade has committed her life’s work to amplify the voices and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, so that the world can remember who the original caretakers of this earth are and who have maintained balance and harmony for time immemorial. It is Jade’s hope that once we recognize and honor Indigenous leadership, we can move towards healing hundreds of years of oppression.  Jade currently produces multimedia for the Indigenous Environmental Network. She has worked with grassroots and Indigenous communities, from Standing Rock to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Arctic to the Southwest. She is also a facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression work.

Jade Begay

Tongass Campaign Director

Jade Begay, Dine and Tesuque Pueblo, is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a communications strategist but above all, Jade is a woman who has cultivated a deep and fierce passion to protect land, air, and water. In order to accomplish this mission, Jade has committed her life’s work to amplify the voices and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, so that the world can remember who the original caretakers of this earth are and who have maintained balance and harmony for time immemorial. It is Jade’s hope that once we recognize and honor Indigenous leadership, we can move towards healing hundreds of years of oppression. 

Jade currently produces multimedia for the Indigenous Environmental Network. She has worked with grassroots and Indigenous communities, from Standing Rock to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Arctic to the Southwest. She is also a facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression work.

Erica Ekrem Art Director / Graphic Designer A child of the Dakota prairie, Erica was shaped by the quiet strength of the flatlands, by stories her grandmother told her during long, northern winters, and by her parents who raised her in intimate relationship to nature.  Erica is a designer, instructor, writer, and artist. She offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit organizations, and empowers others through skill sharing and transformational retreats. She urges participants to contemplate their impact on the environment, to honor those who have come before, and to make thoughtful choices when sourcing materials. She is a student of tea ceremony and a traditional folk-style bookbinder. Her signature work, Book of the Sea, was featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild.

Erica Ekrem

Art Director / Graphic Designer

A child of the Dakota prairie, Erica was shaped by the quiet strength of the flatlands, by stories her grandmother told her during long, northern winters, and by her parents who raised her in intimate relationship to nature. 

Erica is a designer, instructor, writer, and artist. She offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit organizations, and empowers others through skill sharing and transformational retreats. She urges participants to contemplate their impact on the environment, to honor those who have come before, and to make thoughtful choices when sourcing materials. She is a student of tea ceremony and a traditional folk-style bookbinder. Her signature work, Book of the Sea, was featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild.

Carter Lou McElroy Marketing Director Carter grew up amongst the wilds of Texan Hill Country, where she first discovered a close connection & deep admiration for the natural world along with the rhythms of its sweet music. After spending the majority of her youth in this region, she felt a call from the North that lead her to one of the most urban communities we have on Earth: New York City! She found her footing almost immediately working in a boutique PR & Marketing agency called Girlie Action Media, and is now in her 8th year of work with the company. Alongside her marketing projects - she writes her own music, poetry, and has created a platform (@eco_ragamuffins) for connecting her urban neighbors to the importance of sustainable living & eco-education within the constructs of an environment suffocating in its over-development Carter Lou is also in the process of developing For The Wild's Collegiate Ambassador Program: where we will connect students to the importance of our projects & urgency in the need to re-develop our workforce to support sustainable ideals.

Carter Lou McElroy

Marketing Director

Carter grew up amongst the wilds of Texan Hill Country, where she first discovered a close connection & deep admiration for the natural world along with the rhythms of its sweet music. After spending the majority of her youth in this region, she felt a call from the North that lead her to one of the most urban communities we have on Earth: New York City! She found her footing almost immediately working in a boutique PR & Marketing agency called Girlie Action Media, and is now in her 8th year of work with the company.

Alongside her marketing projects - she writes her own music, poetry, and has created a platform (@eco_ragamuffins) for connecting her urban neighbors to the importance of sustainable living & eco-education within the constructs of an environment suffocating in its over-development

Carter Lou is also in the process of developing For The Wild's Collegiate Ambassador Program: where we will connect students to the importance of our projects & urgency in the need to re-develop our workforce to support sustainable ideals.

 
Alena Walker Media Intern Alena is a storyteller and a writer with an environmental conscience who believes in the power of words and art to bring people closer to our natural world and to one another. She studied journalism in London before becoming fashion editor for an international arts & culture magazine. She has collaborated with ethical textile artists in Cuba, Arizona, London, Morocco and New Zealand, and was a finalist in the Kering’s Award for Sustainability. She now works as a freelance writer and creative consultant. Her work explores issues of identity, sustainability, ethics, zero-waste and environmental activism, covering topics such as permaculture, biodiversity, street art, farming, indigenous rights and preservation of traditional cultural craft. Two of her most prominent investigations have explored the symbol of the hijab in Moroccan youth culture and examined the sustainability of the surf industry. She regularly interviews artists and pioneers who advocate for a better world. Through her research and writing, she intends to inspire change, dispel myths, destroy complacency and bring new ideas to light. Alena hails from Northern Ireland and lives in New Zealand.

Alena Walker

Media Intern

Alena is a storyteller and a writer with an environmental conscience who believes in the power of words and art to bring people closer to our natural world and to one another. She studied journalism in London before becoming fashion editor for an international arts & culture magazine. She has collaborated with ethical textile artists in Cuba, Arizona, London, Morocco and New Zealand, and was a finalist in the Kering’s Award for Sustainability. She now works as a freelance writer and creative consultant.

Her work explores issues of identity, sustainability, ethics, zero-waste and environmental activism, covering topics such as permaculture, biodiversity, street art, farming, indigenous rights and preservation of traditional cultural craft. Two of her most prominent investigations have explored the symbol of the hijab in Moroccan youth culture and examined the sustainability of the surf industry. She regularly interviews artists and pioneers who advocate for a better world.

Through her research and writing, she intends to inspire change, dispel myths, destroy complacency and bring new ideas to light. Alena hails from Northern Ireland and lives in New Zealand.

Evelyn Block Media Intern Evelyn is a farmer, florist, herbalist, and all around plant enthusiast.  Raised in swampy South Florida, she witnessed the abundant life a subtropic environment supports. The shape, color, and tenderness of regional flowers drew her in, feeding her curiosities of natural spaces. This lead to her introduction to the intricacies of interdependence on Earth in plant and human communities. Evelyn went on to study Agriculture and Community Development at The Evergreen State College.  Here, she began examining the current state of local and global food systems. In shock, she began researching, engaging, and supporting justice movements. Seeking to greater understand the relationship we all have with each other and this planet, she continued on the path of cultivation. After working at farms in WA, CA, NY, FL, she has settled in Detroit where she grows food, makes medicine, and forages for flowers.  

Evelyn Block

Media Intern

Evelyn is a farmer, florist, herbalist, and all around plant enthusiast.  Raised in swampy South Florida, she witnessed the abundant life a subtropic environment supports. The shape, color, and tenderness of regional flowers drew her in, feeding her curiosities of natural spaces. This lead to her introduction to the intricacies of interdependence on Earth in plant and human communities.

Evelyn went on to study Agriculture and Community Development at The Evergreen State College.  Here, she began examining the current state of local and global food systems. In shock, she began researching, engaging, and supporting justice movements.

Seeking to greater understand the relationship we all have with each other and this planet, she continued on the path of cultivation. After working at farms in WA, CA, NY, FL, she has settled in Detroit where she grows food, makes medicine, and forages for flowers.

 

Molly Leebove Media Intern Molly is, above all else, in service to the healing and restoration of our planet. She serves as a community builder, regenerative agriculture educator and creatrix of curriculum that uses food + farming as a platform for social and environmental justice.  She is currently educating beginning farmers and food systems activists in Vermont and commencing studies to become a death doula. Molly is an artist, photographer, dancer and body positive being passionate about exploring embodiment as liberation from a scripted + choreographed life in the pangs of a patriarchal and capitalistic world.

Molly Leebove

Media Intern

Molly is, above all else, in service to the healing and restoration of our planet. She serves as a community builder, regenerative agriculture educator and creatrix of curriculum that uses food + farming as a platform for social and environmental justice.  She is currently educating beginning farmers and food systems activists in Vermont and commencing studies to become a death doula.

Molly is an artist, photographer, dancer and body positive being passionate about exploring embodiment as liberation from a scripted + choreographed life in the pangs of a patriarchal and capitalistic world.

 
Evan-Marie 1 Million Redwood Researcher Evan-Marie was raised on the good red earth of the Southern end of the blue ridge mountains in north Georgia, the old territory of her ancestors, the Eastern Band of Tsalagi (Cherokee). She spent her formative childhood years a student in the foundations of deep ecology while cultivating a lifetime love and allegiance for the wild from her family time devoted to being present in the remaining pristine Appalachian spaces, the Piedmont deciduous forests and coastal plains of the Southeast. Evan-Marie’s passion for understanding the natural world, ecosystem dynamics, resilient systems and the traditional ecological knowledge within them has taken her throughout the southeast and Appalachia, across the Pacific and finally to the Northern coast ranges of Mendocino, California. For the past decade Evan-Marie has been a stewardess of a beautiful piece of land on the Navarro river watershed, where she and her husband raise their daughter. On this land, they have co-created a large organic farm and famers collective dedicated to nurturing the expression of plant intelligence while healing and shifting culture through symbiotic plant- human relationships.

Evan-Marie

1 Million Redwood Researcher

Evan-Marie was raised on the good red earth of the Southern end of the blue ridge mountains in north Georgia, the old territory of her ancestors, the Eastern Band of Tsalagi (Cherokee). She spent her formative childhood years a student in the foundations of deep ecology while cultivating a lifetime love and allegiance for the wild from her family time devoted to being present in the remaining pristine Appalachian spaces, the Piedmont deciduous forests and coastal plains of the Southeast. Evan-Marie’s passion for understanding the natural world, ecosystem dynamics, resilient systems and the traditional ecological knowledge within them has taken her throughout the southeast and Appalachia, across the Pacific and finally to the Northern coast ranges of Mendocino, California.

For the past decade Evan-Marie has been a stewardess of a beautiful piece of land on the Navarro river watershed, where she and her husband raise their daughter. On this land, they have co-created a large organic farm and famers collective dedicated to nurturing the expression of plant intelligence while healing and shifting culture through symbiotic plant- human relationships.

Daniel Becker Land Manager Bio coming soon~

Daniel Becker

Land Manager

Bio coming soon~

March Young Podcast Producer March is a student of Restoration Ecology and is rehabilitating land and water in BC and Northern California. He is an amateur mycologist, wild food forager, and earth-skills enthusiast. He has also been practicing in the visual arts for two decades, attempting to open eyes and hearts to the wisdom of nature. March lived in the Andes of Peru for six years studying anthropology and collaborating with indigenous artists. He spent several more years traveling on foot and bicycle around North and South America, fostering relationships with a wide gamut of humans and non-humans. March worked as an environmental activist and organizer in NYC for several years. He has studied at numerous institutions, but has learned the most from observing nature and witnessing Earth-based cultures.

March Young

Podcast Producer

March is a student of Restoration Ecology and is rehabilitating land and water in BC and Northern California. He is an amateur mycologist, wild food forager, and earth-skills enthusiast. He has also been practicing in the visual arts for two decades, attempting to open eyes and hearts to the wisdom of nature. March lived in the Andes of Peru for six years studying anthropology and collaborating with indigenous artists. He spent several more years traveling on foot and bicycle around North and South America, fostering relationships with a wide gamut of humans and non-humans. March worked as an environmental activist and organizer in NYC for several years. He has studied at numerous institutions, but has learned the most from observing nature and witnessing Earth-based cultures.