Christopher Aaby

Program Officer, Southern Front Range

Christopher Aaby is passionate about the environment and people. He believes that access to the outdoors and its benefits is a fundamental human right. Chris was born in Norway, but Chris spent his formative years growing up on the Southern Front Range of Colorado. Chris often says he is a native Coloradan with a Norwegian passport.

Before joining GOCO as the Southern Front Range Regional Officer, Chris spent ten years connecting kids to the outdoors at the Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs. Chris started at the Institute as the communications manager in 2011 and became the Executive Director of the Institute in 2015. During his tenure at the Institute, he grew the organization to serve over 8,000 youth every year. He played an integral role in building a local Generation Wild coalition for the Pikes Peak Region, bringing more outdoor opportunities to Southeast Colorado Springs.

Additionally, Chris serves on the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education board of Directors and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs Advisory Board. In 2017 Chris was named a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star, and in 2019, he was named the Colorado Nonprofit Emerging Leader of the year.

When he is not working, you can find him at a fitness class early in the morning, petting cats, baking cupcakes, hiking, and traveling the world with his husband.