40 Under Forty: Darcie C. Folsom

Darcie C. Folsom is the director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy at Connecticut College and vice president of the board of directors at Safe Futures in New London. In her role, Folsom works to promote a greater awareness of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking, through prevention and intervention education; fosters a safe environment where survivors are empowered to access resources; and provides advocacy and support to survivors. Under her leadership, Connecticut College became the first institution in the state to implement the Green Dot program, which trains students in bystander intervention. At Safe Futures, Folsom is a dedicated volunteer and serves on the programming and fundraising committees. She previously served as the organization's community education and involvement coordinator.

Folsom is an active member of the Colchester Rotary Club and has served as a United Way campaign coordinator for both Safe Futures and Connecticut College. An avid animal lover, Folsom also rescues dogs as a volunteer and foster parent for Waggin Train Rescue.

She holds undergraduate degrees in marine biology and animal and veterinary science from the University of Rhode Island and studied animal science at the post-graduate level there. Originally from Maine, she is the daughter of Tim and Nancy Blanding. In 2005, she moved to Colchester, where she lives with her husband John Folsom, their two Rottweilers and the occasional foster pup. She is an avid snow skier and she completed her first Tough Mudder in August of 2013. In keeping with her mantra to 'live life to the fullest', Folsom completed a "30 under 30" bucket list (including running her first 5k, taking a photography class and learning to sail) and is now working to complete a "40 under 40" list.

Folsom feels honored to have been nominated and to be recognized alongside such an impressive group of leaders, influencers, activists and educators.

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