Director of Marketing & Communicationsacollins@responsibletravel.org
Since 2010, Alix has committed herself to community and economic development, both in the US and abroad, working alongside and learning from communities in the southeastern US as well as South Africa, Thailand, and India. Her passion for sustainable and responsible tourism stems from her experience living with an elephant-keeping community in northern Thailand, where she lived with a host family and saw firsthand how tourism could have a positive impact not only on small, rural communities and cultures but also on the surrounding environment and its wildlife.
That experience, and her subsequent experience with international volunteer tourism, inspired her to build on her commitments to public service and her previous education by earning an MPA in economic development and policy analysis from Indiana University, where she focused much of her research on responsible tourism.
Alix is also a wilderness search and rescue volunteer, CASA advocate, proud dog mom, and hobby documentary photographer.