Betsi grew up in New England to a family with multi-generational ties to Alaska. After family vacations and seasonal gigs in the state, she finally moved here full-time in 2009.
Her background as a science camp counselor for ages preschool through high school led into a Student Conservation Association internship as an environmental educator at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and then to Anchorage as an AmeriCorps member. She went on to teach at BLM Campbell Creek Science Center during the school year and guide sea kayak expeditions from Seward during the summers. She created a new program for Alaska Geographic, taking local teens sea kayaking in Chugach National Forest as part of the Chugach Children’s Forest. This grew into a year-round youth engagement program creating pathways for Alaska youth to become lifelong stewards of our wild places.
Before joining the Council in 2018 she worked as the grants manager for Anchorage Park Foundation, while also teaching Wilderness First Aid, leading courses for Chugach School District, and continuing to guide kayaking in Prince William Sound as the occasional working vacation.