Our Team & Volunteers
Alex Bailey, Founder
Alex's love for the outdoors started as a summer camp counselor. After spending three summers working at one of the premier summer overnight camps for boys in the country, he witnessed the transformative power of the outdoors. Alex soon joined Teach for America and served as a classroom teacher for four years and later became an instructional coach with Teach for America San Antonio. Throughout his experience in both the classroom and as an instructional coach, he saw the "gap" in outdoor programming opportunities for youth of color.
For one year he embarked on a journey to observe and shadow 10+ summer camps across the country to better understand the impact outdoor programming has on youth. In January 2019, Alex founded Black Outside, Inc with a passion for expanding outdoor opportunities to youth of color and diversify the outdoors. Alex is a proud fellow of Wild Gift and 2019 TEDxSanAntonio speaker (Recolor The Outdoors). Today he serves as the executive director and oversees the Eastside Explores program and Brotherhood Summit.
Angelica Holmes, Camp Founder Girls Director/ Executive Director
Growing up, Angelica had the opportunity to go to summer camp. Her family couldn’t afford to send her, but she was sponsored by an anonymous donor at her church, to whom she is forever grateful. Her summers at camp were not only some of her fondest memories but also some of her most formative experiences. The camp is where she saw her leadership potential flourish into the actual experience, and it is where she was exposed to girls who were so different from her yet shared an inexplicable bond as they pushed themselves to get outside of our comfort zones.
She is honored to help lead the resurrection of Camp Founder Girls, which has such a rich history serving young black girls of San Antonio. In her role as camp director, she hopes to continually expose this new generation of campers to experiences they can’t learn in a classroom, just like those original CFG campers who paved our way.
Ki'Amber Thompson, Charles Roundtree Bloom Project Director
Ki’Amber is from the west side of San Antonio and she grew up on both the east and west sides of town in communities that were over-policed, over-incarcerated, and over-burdened with environmental inequity. Her mother and grandfather were incarcerated at different points in her life, and several of her younger cousins’ parents have been incarcerated so she has intimate knowledge of the impacts of mass incarceration on children and families. Growing up in this environment, she experienced police harassment and traumatic police raids. Ki’Amber attended Pomona College in Claremont, California where she had the privilege of having outdoor experiences that were transformative and healing for her. She found healing, her sense of purpose, and vision for her community in these outdoor experiences. Ki’Amber wanted to do something to support all of the kids who were impacted by the system of incarceration and lacked support so she founded Charles Roundtree Bloom Project.
A month after Ki’Amber came up with the idea for Bloom Project, her younger cousin, Charles Davonte Roundtree, Jr. also known as “Chop” was shot and killed by a San Antonio police officer on October 17, 2018. Chop was only 18 years old and didn’t have the chance to bloom to his full potential. So Ki’Amber named the program in honor of him.