Allison Pedley named new Truckee Trails director |

Allison Pedley named new Truckee Trails director

Contributed photoThe Truckee Trails Foundation has appointed Allison Pedley as its new executive director.

TRUCKEE ” The Truckee Trails Foundation has appointed Allison Pedley as its new executive director.

Pedley replaces John Svahn, who will continue to serve on the foundation’s board.

“We are thrilled to have Allison heading up Truckee Trails,” said Nancy Woolf, president of the foundation, in a release. “Her background is excellent and we are confident she is the right person to help us improve the trail network of the Truckee area.”

Pedley has an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Washington, and a Masters in public administration from the University of Vermont where she focused on nonprofit and environmental management.

“I’ve been working with the California State Park Ranger’s Association here in Truckee doing basic nonprofit management, and I’ve done some fundraising for local public radio,” Pedley said.

Svahn, who held the executive director position before Pedley, said he’s excited about the qualities Pedley will bring to the position.

“She is super motivated and has strengths in fundraising and grant writing,” Svahn said.

Pedley said the foundation is a good fit because she wants to see a good network of trails in Truckee.

“I was interested in getting involved in a local nonprofit, there is an amazing community of nonprofits here,” Pedley said. “And I’ve always been a trail advocate ” I remember when we bought our house thinking there needs to be a trail here.”

She said her work in environmentalism also fits with the new position, promoting alternative transportation and better health through cycling, walking and running.

Svahn said priorities for Pedley as the new executive director will include advocacy, fundraising and outreach to the group’s members.

“We’re working on keeping the momentum going, especially on the Brockway connector,” Svahn said. “Advocacy is tough to fundraise around ” it’s tough to point to things you did, but there is a big need for it too.”

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