Stanford Outdoors Council

The Stanford Outdoors Council (SOC) consists of  voting officers elected by members of Stanford Outdoors and administrative officers selected by the Council.  SOC receives risk management oversight and administrative support from Stanford Outdoor Education (SOE) and Student Activities and Leadership (SAL).

Council Meetings

Location: All Council meetings are held at the Outdoor Center Lounge.

Upcoming Meeting Dates: Tuesday mornings at 8:00am on odd weeks of the quarter.

For a current schedule of upcoming Stanford Outdoors committee meetings, please email us at

Meeting Minutes


Meet The Council

Emily Williams


emily Emily is a coterminal masters student in Environmental Communication in the Earth Systems department. In her undergraduate she majored in Geological and Environmental Sciences. Emily grew up in a very flat part of England but has always loved the mountains. She enjoys, rock climbing, backpacking and skiing – and generally living out of her tent as much as possible. Emily was on SO Council this past year as Trips and Events Committee Chair and has been involved with Stanford Outdoors as a Outdoor Associate, an Apprentice Educator, a Trip Leader for the Adventure Program and led three SPOT trips. She is also a member of the Stanford Climbing Team. Emily loves introducing people to the outdoors and teaching Outdoor Leadership.

John Whitworth

Vice President

john John Whitworth is a coterm in mechanical engineering, focusing on design methodology. He has lived in 6 different countries through his life but currently calls Anchorage, Alaska his home. John fell in love with the outdoors at a young age through family camping trips and rock climbing summer camps. At Stanford he has been involved with the outdoors community since day one. After participating in SPOT he became a Apprentice Educator and taught outdoor leadership in both the front and back country. He has also been on the Climbing Team for four years and been working at the wall for three. He has been on the council for two years, in the position of President this past year.

Marianne Cowherd

Financial Officer

 marianne Marianne is a sophomore studying biology who loves climbing and hiking in the mountains, the desert, and everywhere in between. She started camping and backpacking in northern Michigan, recently worked as a wilderness ranger in southwest Colorado, and loves adventuring around California. She loves to talk about wilderness ethics, conservation, and backcountry medicine. At Stanford, she is involved with SPOT and SOOP and is SO’s financial officer. Marianne enjoys lounging with dirt, hanging with friends, learning about plants, and drinking water.

Martin Hernandez

Outfitting Committee Chair

martin Martín is a sophomore majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Ecology. Having grown up hiking and running in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Padres National Forrest, Martín has come to love the familiarity of a dirt trail beneath his feet. His experience and value in the outdoors has grown stronger since becoming involved with Stanford Outdoors and has since become a Trip Leader, SPOT leader, and SOOP leader through SOE. Martín is currently living in the Stanford Outdoor House and spends most of his time away from Stanford backpacking with his dog.

Hannah Black

Trips Committee Chair

 hannah Hannah Black is a coterm student studying environmental communication. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Hannah grew up hiking, backpacking, skiing, and kayaking in the Pacific Northwest and Southern Utah. Hannah is passionate about outdoor education and equity in the outdoors. She has been involved with SOE since her freshman year as a SOOP leader, apprentice educator, and SPOT leader. For the first half of 2016, Hannah called Leadville, Colorado home where she taught natural science and outdoor skills and facilitated multi-week backpacking and backcountry ski expeditions. Hannah holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and has spent more than sixty days in the field as an educator.

Sarah Brickman

Community Events Co-chair

sarah Sarah Brickman (’17) grew up splashing around in the warm waters off Florida’s coast, but she has fallen in love with California’s mountains. She was introduced to backpacking on SPOT, and she has since become involved with SOE as a SPOT leader, Trip Leader, Apprentice Educator, and SOOP leader. She also holds a Wilderness First Responder certification. Sarah is an Earth Systems major with a concentration in Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and she is interested in the intersection of sustainability and social justice. Outside of SOE, she enjoys adventuring with friends, sharing laughter, and spending time in Columbae.

Juliana Perl

Community Events Co-chair

juliana Juliana is a senior majoring in Product Design. She came to California from Washington D.C. knowing she wanted to adventure in the outdoors as much as possible. After a fantastic experience on SPOT, she is now active as an Adventure Program Leader, SOOP leader, and SPOT leader. This past year, Juliana was also on the SOOP leadership team and lived as a proud member of the Outdoor House. She loves hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and all stoke!

Leighton Watson

Graduate Student Body Representative

 leighton Leighton Watson is a graduate student in geophysics. He is from New Zealand where he spent most of his time tramping (backpacking) through the backcountry, avoiding Orcs and summiting Mt Doom. He helped run the Auckland University Tramping Club and their instructional bushcraft courses. Since moving to California, he has started rock climbing and is slowly overcoming his fear of heights. He is looking forwards to helping make the outdoor community on campus accessible for all students.

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