Jordan was born in Virginia and reared in North Carolina. He grew up stomping through suburban forests, dressing up as Davy Crockett, and playing soccer—always wearing his cowboy boots. At the University of North Carolina, he studied English, acting, and creative writing. He worked at the Carolina Outdoor Education Center, where he led groups through team-building workshops both on the ground and up in the trees.
While working in the outdoors, Jordan found that people tended to become more empathetic and more self-aware by participating in group-based challenges. Lessons were not taught, but rather discovered. He noticed that people from all walks of life could benefit from being drawn away from the distractions of society and into the natural world.
Jordan believes that the wilderness fuels one’s natural yearning to grow, and he hopes to provide teenage guys with the space, stillness, and support they need to discover who they are and who they want to become.
While not working at Elements, Jordan can be found playing his hammered dulcimer or exploring the Earth in running shoes.