Brooke Retherford

NOLS Mexico Assistant Director

Brooke Retherford

Brooke was lucky enough to be raised in the mountains of Colorado where her passion for adventure was nourished. It wasn't until she was a student on a NOLS semester in Patagonia, however, that she really fell head-over-heels in love with expeditions. As a NOLS Patagonia student, she explored the far reaches of Tierra del Fuego and symbolically hiked north to the southernmost town in the world, Puerto Williams. After graduating from college with a BA in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2004, she couldn't wait to get back into the wilds and so started her first job with NOLS in Mexico. Brooke took her instructor course a few years later in the Wind River Range and has worked across the Americas for NOLS. After earning her MA in Conflict Resolution and starting a family, she decided to step into an administrative role as the Assistant Director of NOLS Mexico. She lives in Coyote Bay on her sailboat for part of the year with her life partner and two girls. When she isn't working, she is scheming up adventures in the Sea of Cortez, Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, and everywhere else in between.