Growing up, Carolyn Morrisroe endlessly roamed the woods around her house in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, building forts among pine and oak trees and teaching herself to identify native wildflowers. That love of nature followed her from coast to coast as she got a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston.

Carolyn’s passion for the written word led her to jobs in editorial management at the Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara and at Penguin Group and The CPA Journal in New York City before her journey landed her in Western North Carolina in February 2014. She served as editor of The Highlander in Highlands and as news editor and city government reporter at Mountain Xpress in Asheville, coming to love the communities and natural wonder of the Southern Appalachians.

Carolyn has always felt a pull to build a better world, working as community engagement manager at the Story of Stuff Project in Berkeley and volunteering at several local nonprofits, including the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Organic Growers School, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, and Urban Dharma NC. In her role as communications coordinator at Muddy Sneakers, based in Brevard, she had the pleasure of accompanying fifth-grade students on learning expeditions to DuPont State Recreational Forest.

She’s currently the deputy press secretary for the Living Economy program at the Sierra Club, working on federal policy to tackle climate change and toxic pollution, create good jobs, and fight racial, economic, and gender inequity. She also serves on the board of directors for Girls on the Run of WNC, which inspires girls to live joyful, healthy lives, and as a leader of Trail Sisters WNC, which empowers women to enjoy trail running, hiking, and backpacking. Carolyn tries to be outside as much as possible, and her spare hours often find her training for trail ultramarathons and hiking with her rescue pup, Jack.