Ali Kenney
Backpacker|May 2018
Ali Kenney
Ali Kenney jokes that she has “a lot of commas” in her job. She watches trends in the global market, engages consumers on climate change issues, crafts Burton’s sustainability goals, audits manufacturers for sustainability, human rights, and fair labor practices, and more. Kenney is widely respected in the outdoor industry for the environmental strides Burton has made under her leadership. We caught up with her to find out how she got where she is.
Kassondra Cloos

WHAT’S YOUR FIRST OR MOST FAVORITE OUTDOOR MEMORY?

When I was a young kid, I was always outsideplaying games and sports. I grew up in themiddle of nowhere on a dead-end, dirt road inVermont. We spent every day outside. I had afoundation of wanting to be outside and a lovefor fresh air. Now, my wife and I bike commuteevery day, and we got into backpacking fouryears ago.Everyvacation, we go backpacking.That’s how we refresh. We don’t use watches orphones. We go by sunrise and sunset.

WHAT DROVE YOU TO SEEK ACAREER IN THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY?

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May 2018