Maricela (pronoun: she) is a native of Southern California, and after experiencing the physical and emotional benefits of engaging with the outdoors, she has made it her life’s mission to bring cultural relevance to the forefront of outdoor recreation and change the narrative of black, indigenous and people of color in conservation. 

She has served as a Youth Climbing Coach for Touchstone Climbing, a Community Advocacy Program Coordinator for Disability Rights Legal Center, and was the Los Angeles Regional and Advocacy Coordinator for Latino Outdoors.

During her free time, Maricela volunteers for Latino Outdoors as the Brands Partnership Coordinator. She is a member of the Access Fund, the 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, rock climbing, and spending time with her mini-dachshund Dalí.