Cole Barron is from Glendora, California, where he developed passions for distance running and environmental conservation. He attended Chaffey College for two years, where he ran cross country and track. He continued his studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UCSC, Cole was an editor for the Global Environmental Justice Journal, a native plant worker at the school’s arboretum, and continued to run cross country and track in the NCAA. He then came to Oregon to pursue law school. After completing his first year, he worked with Beyond Toxics, a local organization that helps fight for environmental justice. In his free time, Cole enjoys going on trail runs and bike rides in the mountains.