Board Highlight: President Audrey Damrongsri
Audrey was born and raised in a suburb of Baltimore, MD and then lived in Austin, TX before re-locating to Portland in 2017. She grew up playing sports, then became captivated by the outdoors as an adult and loves hiking and chasing waterfalls (one of the reasons why she moved to Portland!).
Audrey is a digital media and marketing professional with over 10 years’ experience, and has brought that expertise to UNP’s publicity team since 2019. She is passionate about animals and has experience fostering dogs, and now spends her free time as a doggie caregiver. A supporter of environmental and social justice and as a child of Thai immigrants, Audrey advocates for higher representation and inclusion in the outdoor community for Asians and other people of color.
Mentor Highlight: Nina Nititadakul
UNP mentor Nina Nititadakul (Knit-tea-ta-la-Goon) is a second generation Thai American, daughter of two immigrants who decided to live in the wild desert of Las Vegas. Her passion for outdoors comes from growing up in a city environment, where she learned to escape into nature and chase waterfalls. Nina’s been volunteering with youth groups for over 7 years, and made a quick connection with mentee Rachel in 2020, also the daughter of immigrants. Nina’s nurturing personality and enjoyment in helping others, plus being able to escape a busy worklife outdoors and turn off her phone as an example to youth, make her a great addition to our team!
Founder/Director: Kristin Bowling
Kristin served as a ranger and peer leader in interpretation and education in the National Park Service for 15 years, and finished a Master’s degree in education at Portland State in 2012. After many years of living in rural areas around the Pacific Northwest, she fell in love with Portland’s wildland-urban interface. Her work coordinating after school programming at a SUN School and leading a Teen Naturalist Team for Portland Parks and Rec got her thinking about how to better connect youth from historically marginalized communities with our amazing urban greenspaces, and she began efforts to found UNP-PDX in fall 2013.
Kristin’s experiences serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, mentoring and instructing students at Portland State and Saturday Academy, and serving on the Board of the Association of National Park Rangers have all informed her passion for connecting social justice and environmental issues. She spends her spare time kayaking, hiking, and playing in the snow in and around Portland; engaging in additional advocacy work around prison and policing justice; cooking up a feast from her communal house’s garden plot; and running wild with her revolutionary pup Ché.