Rory Sullivan, a Lewis and Clark College honors graduate with a B.A. in History, has supplemented his formal education with extensive independent travel since high school. At the age of 15, Rory went on his first internship to the Ecuadorian rain forest, assisting a Smithsonian Institution entomologist.
Between high school and college, Rory lived in Sevilla, Spain to study Spanish. While on a break from college, Rory served as a research assistant to a Smithsonian scientist in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains between Lukla and Everest Base Camp.
Rory works in Portland for the International Living Future Institute, a premiere green building nonprofit dedicated to leading and supporting communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Previously, Rory was Managing Director of the Telluride Science Research Center, an international molecular science center. He has also worked as a researcher and marketing consultant for Telluride First Foundation, the Powerhouse Science Center in Durango, and NWDocumentary in Portland.
He also spent eight months traveling in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; lived and worked in Medellín, Colombia; and prepared for the rigorous “Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language” in Guatemala, which he passed at the highest level. Since graduating from college he has traveled to Myanmar, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cambodia, among other countries. Rory’s interest in travel inspired his honors thesis, which examined 19th century travelogues about the American South. A former skateboarder, Rory now enjoys tamer pursuits like mountain biking, camping, hiking, playing music, gardening, and cooking.