Chief Program Officer
Lianna joined the TerraCorps team during the spring of 2020. She brings her experiences as an alum of the program, and from serving on the board of directors to her current role as the Chief Program Officer. As a key member of the Programs Team Circle, she works collaboratively across the organization to deliver a high-quality AmeriCorps program that achieves TerraCorps’ ends policy (link to the policies!). Lianna comes to TerraCorps after working for various land conservation and community revitalization organizations in the Northeast including Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Peace Corps Cameroon, and most recently the Northern Forest Center.
Growing up in the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire, Lianna learned early on to love the joy of disappearing into a natural world free of judgment or outside expectations. As a Chinese American adoptee growing up in a predominantly white community, she wove her own identity using threads from the past, present, and future. Through these experiences, she learned to recognize the systemic barriers that work together to prevent Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities and other excluded groups from accessing land.
Lianna is a cis-gender, straight woman and is married to her husband in both rock climbing and in life. During her free time this cat loving staff member can be found kayaking, hiking, or skiing and using the native-land.ca website to acknowledge indigenous lands. Positioned between two worlds – one being a woman of color, and the other as an outdoor recreationist and conservationist in primarily white spaces – Lianna is aware of her ability to exist safely in many environments. In her personal and professional life, she enjoys enabling others to do their best, active listening, wholesome memes, and systems thinking.
Lianna finds joy in pushing her limits and creating opportunities for the next generation of leaders to crush it in the environmental field. Lianna is an Environmental Leadership Program senior fellow and worked with Land Trust Alliance to co-author the “Developing the Millennial Leaders that Land Trusts Need” (http://s3.amazonaws.com/landtrustalliance.org/MillennialLeadersReportApr2019.pdf) report.