Director of Development and Coordinator of “Climate Science in Chamonix”
Hailing from Vermont, Hillary studied sociology and anthropology at Middlebury College and international cooperation and multilingual communication at the University of Grenoble-Alps. Her passion for the mountains and for education started early. She spent five summers as a hut caretaker and naturalist in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s high mountain huts in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and after arriving in France, she taught world literature at the American School of Grenoble for five years before returning to school herself and joining the CREA Mont-Blanc team.
Role at CREA Mont-Blanc
Both the director of development and the coordinator of the “Climate Science in Chamonix” program, Hillary wears multiple hats at CREA Mont-Blanc. She splits her time between developing and maintaining partnerships, and bringing to life a new program aiming to bring American university students to the Mont-Blanc massif for scientific fieldwork and to learn about the effects of climate change on mountain environments. She is also responsible for translating CREA Mont-Blanc’s website, communication and pedagogical materials.
“When I think of the mountains, I also think of…”
A playground! Hillary loves spending time in the mountains and is a big fan of the vertical world. She enjoys climbing, mountaineering and skiing, but her current passion is running in the mountains. She is an elite trail runner and loves exploring technical trails all around the world and competing in the Skyrunning World Series (in which she finished 4th in 2017).
E-mail: hgerardi [at] creamontblanc.org