I am a multimedia visual storyteller living in Sitka, Alaska. I am particularly interested in visual storytelling projects that empower communities and inspire positive social and environmental change.  

In addition to freelance storytelling, I work as the Communications Director for a regional partnership in Southeast Alaska called the Sustainable Southeast Partnership.  We are a collaborative network of organizations working together on the challenge of sustainable community development. We work  in rural Alaskan towns spread across the largest remaining temperate rainforest on earth. I work in seven remote communities and collaborate with tribal governments, community organizations, federal agencies and experts in food security, economic development, energy independence and natural resource management. Our team is diverse, including local partners, such as the Organized Village of Kasaan, as well as international partners like The Nature Conservancy.

I hold a masters degree in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management  from the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment. I also hold a bachelors degree in Biology with minors in Fine Arts and Neuroscience from the University of San Francisco. My practical experiences span the communicative arts and biological and social sciences.

I learned the value and technique of photography through a lifelong informal apprenticeship under my marvelous mother (left).

I am constantly seeking new storytelling opportunities and collaborations. I also like to cook, eat, dance, and walk long distances into the wilderness with a heavy backpack on. Please explore my portfolio and follow my blog to see what new sort of wonderful trouble I end up in next . Contact me with projects, questions, ideas, and jokes.

bethany.sonsini@gmail.com

 

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