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August M. Ball

Youth Advocate and Coffee Aficionada
Change Agent

August M. Ball is the founder of Cream City Conservation. Her two-prong social enterprise helps organizations attract diverse candidate pools and institute strategies that attain and retain top talent, making their workforce stronger and smarter and their programs more sustainable and relevant. Simultaneously, Cream City Conservation Corps cultivates the next generation of land stewards by introducing and training traditionally underrepresented teens and young adults in ecological careers.

With over 14 years of youth program management experience and 9 years of helping local and national organizations, such as the Student Conservation Association, US Forrest Service and Milwaukee County Parks develop outdoor programs that are culturally relevant and inclusive; August has connected thousands of youth and young adults to hands-on service to public lands, outdoor recreation and first-time employment experiences.

August received her formal education from UW-Parkside and UW-Milwaukee, having studied Sociology, Community Education and Non-Profit Management.  She has also continued her education informally via organizations such as Center for Diversity in the Environment, Paradigm and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). A native of Southeastern Wisconsin but citizen of the world, speaking three languages, August enjoys traveling with her spouse Martez and avoiding burdock and poison ivy while hiking with her rescue pit bull Marvin.

My Plenary Presenters Sessions

Monday, January 29