an awarded leader, speaker,

and public lands champion


Rue founded Outdoor Afro as a social enterprise in 2009. The now national not-for-profit celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Outdoor Afro incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2015. Today, the staffed organization includes more than 100 trained volunteer leaders, led and designed by Rue to innovate not-for-profit as movements of change. 


“Nature Swagger” is Rue’s first book by American publisher Chronicle Books. This project is a beautiful combination of breathtaking photos and compelling stories of Black joy in nature. Click to pre-order your copy today. The book releases to the public Nov. 1, 2022. Photos by Bethanie Hines.

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Rue Mapp


with host
Janis Putelis



Rue grew up in a hunting and fishing family on a Northern California ranch. Recently, she’s eased back into this lifestyle as a “born-again hunter” through duck, dove, turkey, geese, pheasant, wild boar, and antelope hunts. She took her first buck in Wyoming during fall 2021. Watch Rue’s most current hunt with Janis Putelis of popular Netflix series “MeatEater.”  Photos by Dave Gardner.



National Geographic Fellow

Heinz Awards Honoree

National Wildlife Federation Communication Award Recipient

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative Contributor

Motivational Speaker

When Rue shares stories from the land, people of all walks of life listen. She’s served on national panels with congresspeople, outdoor professionals, corporate partners, and with global leaders.





International cruise line Hurtigruten Expeditions made cruise industry history with the creation of its Black Traveler Advisory Board. Hurtigruten invited Rue to become one of its founding members. Rue took an 18-day Antarctica voyage in February 2022 to help drive change and new opportunities for Black people in the adventure cruise industry, increasing visibility and inclusivity of Black travelers. The first-time experience earned Rue and Outdoor Afro new media exposure with publications across the globe, including Outside, Business Insider, Travel + Leisure, The Smithsonian, Ebony, Daily Beast, Newsweek, and Travel Noire.



Governing Council



Board of Directors

(board member)





Keynote Speaker