Alan is a social ecologist with a career dedicated to leveraging education in its broadest definition, to contribute to personal, community, and environmental health. With degrees in Child Development and Experiential Education, he has taught at every level, from early childhood through high school, in rural Maine public schools, and at the undergraduate and graduate levels as a member of the leadership and faculty of Lesley University’s Audubon Expedition Institute. In 1999, he and a team of community members established the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, ME. He is a coalition and bridge builder. These skills and his lifetime commitment to “place” and CCLC’s broad social-ecological work grounded in easternmost Maine make him an important member of the Association for World Education community. Alan joined AWE while serving on the board of the Folk Education Association of America, a position he held from 1996 – 2009. He has served as a vice president of AWE since 2013. Alan draws broad inspiration from the members of AWE and the legacy of the Scandinavian Folk Schools and looks forward to continuing to find ways to amplify the inspired and innovative work of respective members through this important network - AWE.