Member Spotlight: Linnea

Member Spotlight,

Meet Linnea Delucchi!

Linnea DLinnea(she/her/hers) grew up in Sacramento, CA and now lives in Denver, CO where she is the Events and Adventure Fundraising Manager at Big City Mountaineers

Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. 
I am part of the development team, and run their peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and events. If someone wants to go on an adventure - any adventure - and fundraise for Big City Mountaineers while doing it, I am your go-to person. People thru-hike, walk 100 miles in their neighborhood, train for a 10k, just as some examples, and work with their community to raise money for BCM so that more youth from disinvested communities can get outside. I get to work with brands to organize corporate adventure for someone’s, individuals to organize personal ones, and create a swag list for people to win as they fundraise. I also coordinate events in each of our regions to build community, meet volunteers, and to fundraise. 
Tell us more about yourself! 
I have been working in the outdoor equity space for 7 years. This has included adaptive skiing, trauma-informed outdoor education, and outdoor elective courses. I grew up outside and love the outdoors both to recreate and for wellbeing. I got my Master’s in Adventure Education. I mountain bike, ski (front country and backcountry), and backpack. I have taught skiing in Colorado and Idaho, guided backpacking in New Zealand, and more! I want to increase access to the outdoors so everyone gets to experience it’s benefits. 
What excites you when you think about the future of Experiential Education?
That is become a daily part of everyone’s life both kids and adults. I think more schools should incorporate experiential ed into their curriculum. Kids spend so much time on their phones scrolling rather than looking up and out at the world. Experiences are often through screens now rather than through senses. Experiential education can change that.
Who or what inspires you?
Gabaccia Moreno inspires me she does outdoor access work and has done conservation work as well. She is part of the Outdoorist Oath which is all about outdoor equity. I really appreciate everything the Outdoorist Oath does.

I also really appreciate Dani Reyes-Acosta. She is an amazing outdoor athlete who also does equity and access work.
In your free time, we can probably find you:
Skiing or Mountain biking
How long have you been involved with AEE?
I joined AEE when I started my Master’s at Prescott College in 2019. I have been part of the accreditation committee as well.
What is the most rewarding part about being a Member of AEE?
Getting to meet with other outdoor professionals, attend conferences, and be more in the know about experiential education! 
I have presented at two AEE conferences which was an awesome opportunity. At one of them, I met a professor at Western Carolina University who ended up allowing me to be a guest speaker two years in a row!

Find Linnea on social media here: @linneadelucchi

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