Ronda Chapman has led a very rich and versatile life in her career and in the outdoors. Born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, she found her way to the Wasatch Mountains of Utah where she met her first love at the age of 20: snow. She was an avid snowboarder and skier during a period of time when people of color were rarely seen engaging in these activities. She thrived as an athlete and anomaly. Her decade as a “ski bum” shaped her professional career in unanticipated ways. For the last twenty years, Chapman has led efforts on water infrastructure and equity, renewable energy, climate resilience, and waste management in municipal, higher education, and non-profit sectors. She has dedicated her thought leadership towards advancing racial equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion principles in various professional and community-centered capacities. As a skilled facilitator, Chapman derives great joy convening leaders who are committed to the possibilities of equitable communities.
Today, Chapman is The Trust for Public Land’s first Equity Director, where she leads and advises every aspect of the organization’s Equity strategy.
She currently sits on the Boards of Directors for the River Network, Groundwork Richmond, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She also holds a position on the National Wildlife Federation’s Women in Conservation Leadership Advisory Council, and is a member of the Green Leadership Trust. She previously served on the Georgetown Climate Center Equity Advisory Committee and was a Commissioner for the DC Commission on Climate and Environmental Justice.