Business Owner, Talking Forests
Candra Burns built her foundation by volunteering as a child for Habitat for Humanity, 4-H, and FFA in high school to learn natural resources and nursery landscaping in Grays Harbor. She started applying for scholarships and grants to go to college as she was raised low-income and first generation. While attending Grays Harbor College, she resurrected the Natural Resources Club, interned with a forestry company, Rayonier Inc., and joined Society of American Foresters in WA State (WSSAF). She received WSSAF Foundation’s first round of scholarship in 2011. In an effort to give back to an organization that has given her so much, as the WSSAF social media communications chair she currently develops creative media content across their social media platforms, researches content that promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and coordinates social media efforts at the state level with all of the chapters to raise awareness of the society. She realized her passion for media marketing through these efforts.
In 2012, on scholarship from the Bob and Eleanor Grant trust, she interned at Seattle Audubon Society as a conservation intern. Her favorite part was creating content for the Audubon’s website. Through college, she worked in various offices to gain administrative skills and was able to work for the president of Evergreen State College. Candra took advantage of the support programs on both of her college campuses. Within five years, she earned 25 scholarships and grants claiming her a debt-free education. This gives her the ability to give her clients at Talking Forests an affordable price for marketing needs.
She holds two associates degrees from GHC and a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College. She is a proud military spouse with the ability to work from anywhere in the world.