Jenna Topper joined the BCM team in 2020 and holds the role of cultivating partner relationships, trip planning, and managing the CA regional program. She was drawn to BCM because of their efforts to make programming accessible to youth development partner agencies and the students they serve. Jenna grew up in Sacramento, and always had a love for nature but it wasn’t till college that she started participating in outdoor activities the way she does today. After earning an Environmental Studies degree from Sonoma State University, she was drawn to pursuing opportunities in the outdoor-based youth development field. She has instructed and coordinated outdoor trips for several organizations including; Earth Team, Bay Area Wilderness Training, YES Nature to Neighborhoods, Eastside College Prep, YMCA, Bridges Rock Gym, and more.
Jenna is guided by values of equity, authenticity, and continued learning which informs the way she leads, manages, and builds relationships with partners and students. She holds deep admiration and respect for the partners she works with and looks forward to working closely with them to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience joy, healing, and feelings of belonging in outdoor spaces. Jenna’s self-care practices include; having her rescued fur baby Zodi by her side at all times, chasing down sunsets with music blasting, taking deep breaths, and fleeing for nearly any spontaneous adventure.