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At the Core of Everything: Equity

Apply an equity lens to outward-facing programs

In 2020, the National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA) hired Autumn Saxton-Ross as its first-ever vice president of education and chief equity officer. She oversees NRPA's outward-facing membership areas, including member relations, certification and accreditation, customer service, professional development, and the annual conference.

"My job is to lovingly poke and prod at these membership programs to consider changes to increase diversity, equity and inclusion," Saxton-Ross said.

As NRPA was developing its most recent strategic plan, it became clear to leadership that they needed someone at the helm who could develop tools, professional development and networking opportunities that would address a barrier to meeting its mission.

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