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With a degree in Natural Resource Management and a deep admiration for the outdoors, Carly believes the world is our classroom and the most effective type of education is through experience. Carly started working with GLA in 2010 and spent 4 consecutive summers abroad directing GLA programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Carly has been deeply moved by the transformation that occurs when one extends themselves beyond their borders and she works every day to ignite that passion while increasing empathy for every student and staff member who passes on through our programs each year.
Chris holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. Chris previously worked in brand management at The Procter and Gamble Company and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He has also consulted to the Broad Foundation, one of the leading educational foundations in the United States, and taught economics and physics at Oundle School, one of the leading coeducational boarding schools in England. Most recently, Chris co-founded the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a high school based in Johannesburg, South Africa that seeks to transform Africa by developing a network of ethical leaders and outstanding scholars.
Rika Ayotte holds a BA in History and American Indian Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in Museum Administration along with an MBA in non-profit management from John F. Kennedy University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Discover Your Forest, an Oregon based non-profit who partners with US Forest Service to connect people to their Public Lands. Rika has previously worked in marketing and programs for GLA. In her free time she enjoys camping, travelling and spending time with her family outdoors.
Liz Butler Steyer
Liz Butler Steyer has been an advocate for marginalized children and youth in the Bay Area for over 25 years. She joined the Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) in July 2010 as the Executive Director, and has led the growth of the organization in both the depth and breadth of their services, as well as in the number of students served in our year-round programming. Liz began her tenure at ASAP by transforming the organization from small volunteer effort to a full 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Also under her leadership, ASAP has doubled the staff size and over tripled budget, along with adding scholarships, an alumni mentoring program, and an ASAP advisory class at Mission High.
Prior to ASAP, Liz worked at Legal Services for Children (LSC) in San Francisco in a variety of legal and managerial roles, including serving as the Managing Attorney and the Acting Executive Director of the organization. Liz also serves on the Board of John Gardner Fellowship Association and the Board of the Giants Community Fund, the charitable arm of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. She holds a B.A. in Human Biology and also a J.D., both from Stanford University. Liz and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of four children who range in age from 14 to 25.
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