Carla Francis: Outreach and Development Coordinator
Carla grew up on the shores of Lake Lanier in Gainesville. She is a “double dawg” having earned both her master’s degree in Public Administration and undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics at the University of Georgia.

​She spent several years teaching environmental education at Saratoga Spa State Park in upstate New York and Rock Eagle 4H Center in Eatonton, Georgia before returning to Athens to attend graduate school. Her professional passions include connecting people to nature, outdoor education, and event planning.  

​Carla enjoys kayaking, finding wildflowers, picking blackberries, live music and biking on country roads. She lives with her husband, Brian Cooke, in Athens.