Ross Wehner

Ross Wehner is a Founding Partner of World Action Teams. Ross specializes in designing and delivering immersive learning experiences for leaders in Latin America, Africa and Asia. His core interest is helping leaders discover the synergies between business, leadership and social innovation.
Ross is also Founder and Executive Director of World Leadership School (, the mission of which is to empower young leaders to find new and innovative solutions to the world’s pressing problems. World Leadership School accomplishes its mission by helping schools develop innovative global education programs, which include classroom projects and global travel. World Leadership School manages hundreds of K-12 students per year in service programs across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Ross is a veteran teacher and facilitator. He taught leadership and risk management as a wilderness instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and as a mountain guide for Alpine Ascents, a climbing agency in Seattle. He has guided clients on rock and ice climbs throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He has also taught at The Bush School in Seattle and the University of Virginia, where he earned his M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature in 1999.
Ross began his career as a journalist in the early 1990s, where he reported on the rapid growth of South America’s economies and covered the end of Chile’s Pinochet regime for the San Francisco Chronicle. He spent a decade reporting from Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Mexico. He has written about business and finance, climate change, outdoor adventure, the organic movement and other topics for Mother Jones, Outside and other magazines. He most recently worked as a business reporter for The Denver Post.

Ross lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Renée del Gaudio, with whom he co-authored the guidebook Moon Peru. Ross and Renée have two young children, Sebastian and Francesca.