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Gerry Seavo James

AFFILIATION: Explore Kentucky; Outdoor Recreation Design Lab; Sierra Club

TITLE: Deputy Campaign Director, Founder, Recreation Planner

LOCATION: Kentucky


EXPERTISE AREA: Black/African-American Communities, Conservation, DEIJ, Environmental Education, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Just Transition, Land Justice, Outdoors/Recreation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Water, Youth


Gerry Seavo James is Deputy Campaign Director, Outdoors For All for the Sierra Club’s Outdoors For All Campaign where he works apart of a team focused on securing federal legislative and administrative opportunities that accelerate outdoor access and equity across the U.S. He is also the founder of Outdoor Recreation Design Lab, a creative think tank home rooted in incubation of inclusive outdoor environments, helping all people be active, preservation of biodiversity, and just transition for rural communities. ORDL past projects include the Explore Kentucky brand and RERC EPA consultancy. Gerry is a certified ACA instructor in various disciplines and winner of their 2018 Joe Pina Volunteer of the Year. In 2020 he co-founded the ACA’s DEI working group that kickstarted the organization inclusion efforts including the establishment of the Equity and Inclusion Fund, Community Paddlesports Leader Certification, creation of an inclusion focused staff role, Community Paddlesports Leadership Academy, and Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Initiative. Gerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications Area from Campbellsville University. He is also an Air Force veteran, social artist, and photojournalist. Since 2010, Gerry has adopted the Commonwealth of Kentucky as his home.


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