As the son of a naval officer, Kevin grew up all over the world, but the American West has always been home. While attending high school in Oakland, he began his activist career by volunteering at the Berkeley Ecology Center. After graduating with a B.A. in biology from Dartmouth College in 1978, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and began volunteering at Friends of the Earth where he rubbed elbows with the late, great David Brower. Working to save condors and whales by day, he made a living by driving a San Francisco taxicab at night. Realizing that more education might be useful, Kevin set off to the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan in 1985, where he earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy. But the West beckoned, and in 1988 Kevin moved to New Mexico with his future wife, Lisa LaRocque, and started the Southwest Environmental Center in 1991.
Emma moved from Chicago to Las Cruces to learn to climb all the desert peaks. She loves spending her time climbing and hiking with friends in the outdoors, and is so excited to work with SWEC to help protect the wildlife and wild places she adores. After receiving a B.A. in English and Creative Writing in Iowa and having a hodgepodge of experiences teaching people to climb, working at a small architecture firm and fundraising for a nonprofit dedicated to teaching creative writing, she's realized she wants to spend her life advocating for the protection of our natural environment.