Yosemite, CA — The Yosemite Conservancy has hired a new General Manager of Yosemite Operations. Adonia Ripple has been given the post. Ripple is no stranger to the park, as her career began nearly two decades ago at Yosemite. At that time, she was a Field Instructor and then Director of Operations for NatureBridge a nonprofit environmental education school.
Yosemite Conservancy President Mike Tollefson says, “Adonia has experience in land conservation, nonprofit operations and fundraising that is ideal for the position. She has a unique ability to inspire people of all ages to preserve and protect our natural lands for future generations. We’re thrilled to have her join us.”
Ripple will run the Conservancy operations in Yosemite. That includes overseeing its educational programs and retail operations.
“I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to return to Yosemite and re-dedicate my work to a place that I love deeply,” she said. “Even while living in Idaho and Wyoming for the last seven years, I’d still make regular trips to Yosemite to connect with the only land that feels like home and to visit friends.”
Most recently, Ripple has been the Executive Director of Friends of the Teton River, dealing with water quality and fishery issues in the Teton River basin. Before that, she was Associate Director of Stewardship and Outreach for the Jackson Hole Land Trust in Wyoming where she was responsible for the stewardship of more than 22,000 acres of protected land.
Ripple says, “I hope to combine my past experience in Yosemite with subsequent work in the conservation arena to support the Conservancy’s meaningful work.”
Ripple first day on the job is Monday, January 27.