PATC Welcomes New Staff Director 


Rob Aldrich will assume the role of Staff Director for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club effective August 10th, 2020. Rob’s background is in the private land conservation sector, having served for the Land Trust Alliance as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Environment Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Rob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Soil from the University of Maine, with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and the Environment from the University of Virginia. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and speaks Spanish. In his spare time, Rob enjoys hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as gardening at his home in Arlington.

Former Staff Director, Robert Christianson, is retiring but not before assisting Rob with taking on his new duties. When reflecting on his time with the club, Robert states, “It has been a lot of fun. For me, perhaps one of the most rewarding parts was being able to be a trail maintainer. It has been a great honor to be among the volunteers.” He is also pleased that the club is in very good shape, with a number of projects at the headquarters having been completed, and the financial and business systems in a healthy state. Robert looks forward to his next chapter, which will include a great deal of travel and hiking.  

The club’s volunteer leadership and the impressive number of volunteers who are maintaining the trails are what initially drew Rob to this opportunity. “Those combined together are really unique for a non-profit: to have so many volunteer hours put in,” Rob states. When asked what he looks forward to the most in his new role, Rob was quick to answer, “Connecting more people to the land. That is what my whole career has been about, and is what stood out about PATC: a strong, local organization that connects people to the land.” 

Please join us in welcoming Rob Aldrich to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club!