Steve CoxFounder & Chairman, Alabama Civil Rights Tourism Association and the Center for Conservation and Community.
In 2010, Steve began initiatives to apply the same concepts practiced in ecotourism and sustainable travel to benefit his home state of Alabama, home to some of our nation’s richest Civil Rights history yet its caretakers were some of the nation’s poorest people and communities. Forging collaborations with Alabama Tourism, The US Civil Rights Trail, and through building personal relationships with the Foot Soldiers and Activists who lived the events of the 1950s and 60s, the foundation was laid for the establishment of the non-profit Alabama Civil Rights Tourism Association in 2019.
Prior to founding International Expeditions, Steve established a travel department for the regional publication Progressive Farmer Magazine, sister publication to Southern Living Magazine, and worked as a United States Senate Staffer. In these roles, Steve had unique experiences that firmly established his passion for connecting people through experiential travel while organizing delegations of business people and officials between the U.S. and China, and the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
Steve earned his B.A. in Political Science from Auburn University. He and his wife, attorney Janet Pitts Cox, have two adult children, a standard poodle and live in Birmingham, Alabama.