Project Adventure Appoints New 

Executive Director


Transitioning Leadership to Move Project Adventure's Work Forward


BEVERLY, Mass., May 8, 2020 – Project Adventure (PA) announces the appointment of Caitlin McCormick Small as Executive Director to lead the experiential learning organization’s activities to empower and strengthen schools and communities. 


Caitlin joined PA in June 2019 as Director of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), continuing PA’s foundational work and offering an engaging and practical approach to the teaching and learning of SEL skills and programming for whole school communities. Prior to PA, she spent six years as a trainer, manager, and coach of training and curriculum at The PEAR Institute of McLean and Harvard.


Caitlin succeeds Richard Ross who had been PA’s Executive Director since 2015.  “Richard was instrumental in stabilizing PA’s finances and returning the organization to break-even performance over the past five years.  His unique combination of financial, administrative, and leadership skills established a solid foundation on which to build,” says Christopher Weld, Chair of the PA Board of Directors. 


Mr. Weld continues: “We are excited to have Caitlin Small lead PA in the next phase of our evolution. She has proven leadership skills and will guide our strategic vision for PA to be the leading consulting and training organization for adventure education, specializing in social and emotional learning.”


Caitlin’s educational background includes a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (Presidential Scholar); an MA in English from Bar-Ilan University, Israel; and an M.Ed. in Education Transformation from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She has also earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University and the Institute of Nonprofit Practice (INP). 


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PA is staying in contact with clients to understand their needs and plans, and is offering many of its most popular workshops online starting in the summer of 2020.  We look forward to reopening our full line of services and programs when it is safe and appropriate to do so. 



Project Adventure is an innovative non-profit teaching organization and a respected leader in experiential programming offering a wide range of programs as well as challenge course design and installation. Since 1971, Project Adventure has created and facilitated shared learning experiences that empower individuals to be responsible leaders and strengthen their communities. For more information, visit

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