Heron Brae (Associate Director of Programs for Environmental Stewardship and Allyship) holds a B.S. in Botany and Ecology from the Evergreen State College. She has taught programs in botany, ecology, herbalism, ethical wildcrafting, Indigenous history/context of the land, and wild food tending for over two decades. At an essential level, Heron’s work is to connect humans to each other and the land. She believes that decolonizing requires deep personal and community work as the foundation that will allow for the systemic changes needed. Her experience reckoning with her European heritage, and yearning to belong to the land and a people, has led her through a personal process of facing systems of power and working to heal ancestral trauma around leaving homelands, participating in colonization, and assimilation. Listening deeply and emotional empathy are key tools she practices and brings to her work.
As part of the Live Oak team, she directs, develops, and facilitates trainings and consults with clients in the environmental field.