Season 3, Episode 6: Sarah Bradham – Acting Executive Director, Mazamas

Sarah Bradham

Sarah Bradham is the Acting Executive Director at Mazamas, a 127 year old mountaineering organization formed on the summit of Mount Hood in 1894. Sarah’s strong passion for the outdoors combined with her strategic leadership has provided her with the opportunity to help the Mazamas continue to evolve, tackling new challenges and changes, while maintaining the soul and history of the organization.

In this episode, Sarah Bradham talks about her role as Acting Executive Director at Mazamas. Sarah mentions the challenges the organization has been facing and how the pandemic has forced Mazamas to adapt their in-person mountaineering classes towards a more virtual oriented platform. Sarah also shares how Mazamas are politically active in protecting the outdoors, whilst restoring a sense of community amongst a socially-distanced society.


2:30 – The history of Mazamas

5:30 – How to lead through change while maintaining the soul of the organization

8:45 – The role as Acting Executive Director

11:15 – How to adapt and create new opportunities in the light of Covid-19

17:30 – Increasing diversity in the outdoors

21:30 – The complexity of permits and being actively engaged in the topic

25:00 – Being a member of Outdoor Alliance and having a voice in legislation matters related to the outdoors

28:00 – Being a female leader in a male-dominated space

31:30 – Feeling pride in the purpose of the organization

33:30 – An organization that also provides a community

37:00 – Advice on how to lead a volunteer organization


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Produced by Emma Holmstrom

Music by Isaac Chambers – ‘Change’