Jordan Lea, BA
Jordan grew up in Newbury, VT, a small town on the Connecticut River overlooking the White Mountains of New Hampshire. From a very young age, he was drawn to adventures in the outdoors, swimming and fishing in the nearby lakes and rivers and hiking and hunting in the rolling hills of the Upper Valley. He studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English, earning departmental honors.
While Jordan has always called Vermont home, he has lived all over the world: as a boy with his family in France, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland; for eight months as a college student in Chile, interning for a congresswoman; and in Alaska for six years after earning his degree, where he worked in the ski industry and spent his free time exploring the Alaskan wilderness, backcountry snowboarding in the Chugach Mountains, hunting caribou above the Arctic Circle, and catching halibut in Kachemak Bay.
After guiding at True North for several years, Jordan became a Transition Coordinator and eventually moved into his current role as Field director at True North. Jordan has pursued further education and professional development including certification as an EMT, a Wilderness First Responder, ACA level 1 canoer, and a level 1 Avalanche Rescuer. Jordan is also an AASI Level 3 snowboard coach, and has published articles in 32 Degrees: The Journal of Professional Snowsports Instruction.
When he’s not at his desk or hiking through True North’s field areas, Jordan enjoys setting off on adventures with his wife and toddler. He is also an avid mountain biker and snowboarder.