Nikki Hodgson is the Sustainable Business Innovation Manager at Outdoor Industry Association, helping to facilitate the OIA Sustainability Working Group and the development of industry standards around environmental and social responsibility. Raised in the outdoor industry, Nikki spent her early years following her Dad around A16 and Western Mountaineering before more formally joining the industry to work for both outdoor retailers and brands while pursuing degrees in English and German from Humboldt State University. After receiving her M.A. in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, she spent a few years living out of a suitcase, working for international environmental NGOs on climate adaptation policy in both the Middle East and Europe, before returning to the outdoor industry. Throughout it all, Nikki has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, documenting her misadventures in the mountains and overseas, while kayaking, climbing, skiing, biking, running, and horse wrangling.
What motivates me: As Aldo Leopold wrote, “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” I cannot. Photography and writing are the the conduits through which I share my adoration of the wild places and moments in my life and my environmental work is the platform I use to protect those places and moments. For me, there is significant joy to be found in sharing wild places (and the adventures they inspire) with kindred spirits. Photography and writing are how I share those moments with a wider group of wonderful people who are as equally unable to live without wild things as I am.
Follow me on Instagram at @nikkitravels