Maricela (pronoun: she, her, ella) is a native of Southern California, and after experiencing the physical and emotional benefits of engaging with the outdoors, she is dedicated to advocating for diversity in outdoor recreation, equity, and access to public lands, while changing the ethos of conservation. Moving towards cultural and social relevance as a framework to empower, organize, and support partners, colleagues, and community. Using her platform to elevate the narrative of black, indigenous, and people of color in conservation and nature-based solutions.
She has served as a Youth Climbing Coach for Touchstone Climbing, a Community Advocacy Program Coordinator for Disability Rights Legal Center. And previously was the Los Angeles Regional, Brands Partnership and Advocacy Coordinator for Latino Outdoors.
During her free time, Maricela volunteers for Latino Outdoors as an ambassador. She is a member of the Access Fund & American Alpine Club’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) "Climb the Hill" Taskforce, and the American Hiking Society’s JEDI Federal Outdoor Recreation Policy Working Group.
Maricela graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Law and Society. She enjoys listening to jazz, dancing, gardening, photography, jump roping, trail running, rock climbing, and spending time with her mini-dachshund Dalí.