Sydney hails from the midwest where she earned a BA in Sociology and Political Science and played Division I volleyball at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Go Salukis!). She subsequently spent two years in nonprofit coalition-building and grassroots community development with Public Allies Chicago. From 2013 to 2015, Sydney served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan where she led a variety of education projects and explored the Tian Shan mountains. Sydney was introduced to NOLS on a backpacking expedition in Scandinavia and never looked back. She currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager where she is primarily developing initiatives to increase accessibility to the outdoors. She makes really good shrimp fried rice and is currently discovering the joys of nordic skiing.