Meet Annette Swope, our newest board member!

by | Field Notes

I grew up in a bi-cultural family as my father was Russian and immigrated to the United States after WWII.  My father’s experience of the war and becoming a citizen gave me an appreciation for America and those serving the country. Growing up I lived in California, London, and Houston. I graduated from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C.

I am retired from a career in technology, starting with International Business Product Marketing at Compaq Computer Company (now HP) in Houston, Texas. I then spent 20 years at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon covering multiple roles in product marketing, strategic planning, branding, program management and finally education. We moved to the Columbia Gorge in retirement and now are focused on reclaiming and improving the agricultural viability of an old ranch in Trout Lake, Washington.

My hobbies and interests usually take me outdoors with a lifetime love for horses. I have explored multiple equestrian disciplines from 3-day eventing to trail riding. I always feel connected to the outdoors on the back of a horse, and believe it is one clear path to heaven! I also downhill and cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, and bike ride. The outdoors brings me peace. Being outside, whether walking or working or riding my horse, bolsters my connection to nature and the cycles of the seasons.

I became a board member with Mt. Adams Institute (MAI) to further the mission to serve the community and preserve the natural world around us. MAI is the perfect combination of a focus on nature applied to serving the community and veterans.