Samantha Hogenson, MA is the Managing Director at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), providing research and consulting support for a wide-range of sustainable tourism projects. A native of the rural Midwestern United States, she grew up with an appreciation for the charm of small-town communities and the unspoiled environment. During her time at Missouri State University, Samantha had the opportunity to become one of the world’s first students of geo-tourism. She went on to apprentice at the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations and obtain a Master of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University School of Business, with a concentration in sustainable destination development. Samantha has worked with the American Society of Travel Agents and the National Tour Association and is a trained Climate Reality Leader.