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Climate Ride NYC to DC Spotlight: Anne Sjolander

Creative and enthusiastic, Anne Sjolander lives and works in D.C. as a development coordinator for Conservation International, a Climate Ride beneficiary. Conservation International’s mission is to protect and preserve nature for the betterment of humanity on a holistic and global scale. Involved in fundraising and with the organiztion’s young leaders group “Generation Conservation Group,” Climate Ride was a natural fit for Anne and her work at Conservation International.

“It’s an especially great opportunity because most of our work is international and we have no projects in the states. Climate Ride is a good way to give back to the local community, take action and be involved locally,” Anne explained. “As a millennial without large sums of money to donate, this is an awesome way to get my network involved to support me and my organization. I am also getting in shape and biking to work every day.”

Anne has never done anything like this, “anything that requires training,” she said with a smile. She has taken this as an opportunity to explore D.C.’s parks and trails that she otherwise wouldn’t have seen, and host a pancake breakfast for her co-workers as a fundraiser.

Her motto for training and fundraising has been “don’t think about it too much, just do it and deal with it as it comes, one step at a time.” Read more about Anne’s story and donate to her fundraising efforts here!