Marni Brown

Administrative Intern

Pronouns: she/her

I fell in love with the outdoors as a child and my curiosity about the natural world eventually led me to pursue an environmental biology degree at the University of California, Berkeley. While I loved science, I did not love the lecture style of classes. I embarked on an Outward Bound trip which showed me that the outdoors could provide a transformative learning experience. From there, I was inspired to pursue a career combining my love for science and the outdoors. I finished my undergraduate degree, completed an outdoor educator semester through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and became a field instructor.

Throughout my career, from an academic center in the mountains of Colorado to a recreation-focused camp on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand, I was given opportunities to explore different roles. This unleashed a passion for operations, logistics, and administration. In 2021, I decided to pursue my MBA at Vancouver Island University. I aspired to gain more business knowledge and eventually return to outdoor learning. I come to Hand-In-Hand as an intern to continue my education in a real-world setting. When I am not studying, I can be found skiing down a mountain, paddleboarding along the coast, foraging for mushrooms, climbing local rocks, or frolicking in the forest with my puppy, Luna. I bring enthusiasm to everything that I do and live my life believing “you don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing”.