Andrea J. (AJ) Grant
Elected June 2006
NOLS Courses: 1973 Wind River Wilderness, 1975 Absaroka Wilderness Biology
After twelve years as a marketing and advertising executive, AJ created Environmental Communications Associates, Inc. (ECA), a communications company that specializes in managing sensitive issues in the public arena. Her company combines an interdisciplinary team of specialists in the fields of marketing communications, business management, public policy, and environmental sciences. Serving government, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 clients, AJ is well known for her expertise in marketing communications, strategic planning, public outreach, media relations, and crisis communications. She was a pioneer in environmental marketing, with clients such as Good Housekeeping; Ministry of Lands and Parks, British Columbia; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Lockheed Martin; Roche Pharmaceuticals; Honda North America; and Deja Shoes.
AJ believes her success in business partly stems from her NOLS experiences. “I remember on my Wind River course (three evacuations and thirty snow days) I was so exhausted and thought I couldn’t go a step further, but somehow, I arrived, set up my fly…four miles later. I learned that I can do a lot more than I think I can. That lesson stays with me today.”
She remains an outdoor enthusiast and continues her adventures into Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains, Lake Clark, and Glacier Bay as well as wilderness areas in Mongolia, Patagonia, Yukon, and Colorado. You’ll also find AJ on the tennis court, kayaking, riding her horses, playing the banjo, mandolin, and piano, or relaxing on her ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado.
AJ keeps busy speaking at conferences such as The Globe International Conference on Business and the Environment (Vancouver),"The Environment and The Media, Corporate Conscience Strategies, Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), and others.
AJ attended Hobart and William Smith, University of Colorado, and Rocky Mountain College of Art. She also serves on the board of directors for Western Resource Advocates (WRA), Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Alaska Conservation Foundation.