Autumn Saxton-Ross

Chief Education and Equity Officer at National Recreation and Parks Association

Autumn Saxton-Ross, Ph.D., developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Now a resident of Washington DC and mom of two, she is the Chief Education & Equity Officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

She started her career as an elementary school health and physical education teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in Health Education and Sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity, and parks. Most recently, she served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director & Equity Lead for NatureBridge, and has held positions in non-profits, health, and recreation departments.

Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities, and ideas. And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things science fiction.


Equity in Practice: A Certificate Program to Advance Equity in Park and Recreation

Tuesday, June 25
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM